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Brandy And Almond Butter

ingredients

makes about 225 g (8 oz)
1 stick (8 Tbsp)4 oz (100 g) unsalted butter
1/2 cup + 1 tsp (75 g) 3 oz icing sugar (confectioners sugar)
1/4 cup (25 g) 1 oz ground almonds
2 tbsp (30 ml) brandy
few drops of lemon juice

method

1. In a mixing bowl, cream the butter until very light.

2. Sift in the icing sugar, a little at a time, and beat in each addition lightly but thoroughly with a fork.

3. Sift in the almonds in the same way.

4. Lift the fork when beating, to incorporate as much air as possible.

5. Beat in the brandy and lemon juice, a few drops at a time, taking care not to let the mixture separate.

6. Taste, and add extra brandy if liked.

7. Pile the mixture into a dish and leave to firm up before serving; or turn lightly into a jar with a screw topped lid Cover, and store in a cool place until required.

8. Use within one week, or refrigerate for longer storage.

9. Bring to room temperature before serving.

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