Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Tasmanian macadamians

Rose's macadamias from her orchard in Hillwood are the hardest nut to crack and that's a fact. But well worth the effort, roasted, roughly chopped and mixed with Cheryl's leatherwood honey from Pipers River Aviaries into Hil's honey and macadamia nut Anzacs. Here's the recipe if you'd like to try it:

1 cup whole macadamia nuts

1 cup plain flour

1 cup rolled oats

3/4 cup caster sugar

1 cup coconut

2 tbs boiling water

1 tbs leatherwood honey

2 tsp bicarbonate of soda

130g melted butter

Preheat oven to 160°C. Line 2 baking trays with baking paper. Spread macadamia nuts over 1 tray and cook in preheated oven for 6 minutes or until lightly toasted. Cool slightly then chop coarsely. Sift flour into large bowl. Add macadamia nuts, rolled oats, sugar and coconut, stir to combine. Combine boiling water, honey and bicarbonate of soda in small jug, then stir in the butter. Add cooled butter mixture to flour mixture and use wooden spoon to combine. Place 2 heaped teaspoons of mixture onto lined tray and use back of spoon to flatten slightly. Repeat with remaining mixture, leaving about 3cm between each. Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes. Set aside for 5 minutes, transfer to wire racks to cool.


Leven River Farm said...

Macadamia nuts in Tassie ?? Wow I didn't think you could grow them here. Being a Queenslander I know all about the yummy Macs and they are my favourite nut. We wanted to grow some when we first moved here last year but I don't think we'd be able to as we get a few frosts here where we are. Interesting to know they are grown over in the Tamar area though. Those biscuits look so yummy must make some.

Robert and Fiona said...

Hi Guys at Hilbarn. Very nice blog.I enjoy reading it.
I too grew up with macadamia's in my Qld backyard & miss them. As kids my sister & I would crack them by putting them in a hole in the concrete & using a a brick !! Sometimes they'd "ping" off like bullets (really hard). A great effort for your friend Rose to grow them in her Hillwood orchard. I have been searching nurseries for trees with very next to no luck. I wondered if Rose would have a seedling/s she'd like to sell or does she know where to buy them ? Also does she sell the nuts uncracked in shell ? Thanks kindly Fiona.

Hilbarn said...

Hi Fiona, Love your nut memories, we'll check in with Rose and let you know

Hilbarn said...

Hi Fiona, afraid Rose is unable to help with macadamia sales or seedlings which she says are *really* tricky to grow. Good luck with your endeavours, let us know how you get on!

Robert and Fiona said...

Thank you very much for asking.I'll keep looking,with fingers crossed maybe will come across one and it will be worth the wait.I'll let you know.