Halloween witches' fingers, complete with green almond fingernails and black poppy seed hair!
12 people made this
Makes: 20 fingers
20 whole unpeeled almonds
1 teaspoon green food colouring
230g wholemeal plain flour
120g caster sugar
120g butter, softened
20g finely ground almonds
1 egg white
1 tablespoon poppy seeds
Method Prep:20min › Cook:15min › Extra time:15min › Ready in:50min
Place the almonds and the food colouring in a container or a jar with a tight-fitting lid and close it. Shake vigorously to coat the almonds and set to the side.
Place flour, icing sugar, butter and ground almonds in the food processor and process to a crumbly consistency. Add the egg and process until the mix holds together in one piece. Shape a roll of 7 to 8cm diametre and wrap in cling film. Chill for 15 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Line a baking tray with baking parchment or with a silicone mat. You will also need a small sharp knife, a cutting board, a pastry brush and two small bowls, one for the egg white and one for the poppy seeds.
Place the coloured almonds on a piece of kitchen roll and lightly cover with a second piece of kitchen roll without rubbing the almonds.
Cut the pastry roll into 1 cm slices and shape each slice into a long finger. One end should be flat so it looks like the finger had been cut off, the other one looks like a fingertip.
Lightly coat one side of the fingers with poppy seeds to make it look like dark hair. Place the fingers on the prepared baking tray about 2cm apart.
Brush the almonds with egg white on one side and place them with the coated side down onto the pointy ends of the fingers. Bake until lightly coloured, about 15 minutes.
Let the fingers cool before gently removing them from the baking tray.