Almond Coffee Cluster

Night starvation…It doesn’t sound very good does it? All my life, my grandfather has used the words ‘night starvation’. I thought it was just his way off getting in a few more biscuits before bed time. “Better have a little more, you don’t want any night starvation”…Don’t mind if I do Grandpa, biscuit number 43 should do it. I always thought it was just Grandpa’s way of looking out for me, and being lovely.

It turns out, that yes, he was looking out for me as there really was something called the dreaded ‘night starvation’. Horlicks invented it back in the 1930’s as a selling slogan. A cure of those terrible hunger pains that you may be prone to if you didn’t drink their lovely malted drink before bed time. So there you go…

So what’s that got to do with my Almond Coffee Cluster? This is my prevention of night starvation. I have a habit of being just a little peckish around 9pm, not one for hot malted drinks, the cluster is an easy one to pop in the freezer and break off a segment when I need to.

Night starvation prevented once more.

Almond Coffee Cluster

200mls luke warm milk

2 tps dry yeast

1 tps vanilla

1 egg

100gms softened butter

1/3 cup raw sugar

1 cup almond meal

1/4 cup espresso coffee

450gms flour (3 cups)

3 tbs olive oil

1 tps salt

almond flakes

Mix yeast in luke warm milk and set aside for 10 minutes. Mix remaining ingredients together and then also adding milk. Once mixed together, knead well until smooth and elastic. Cover and leave until doubled in size. Divide dough into 8 even balls. Placing in greased large springform pan. Scatter some almond flakes on top. Bake at 190C for approx 30-40 minutes.

After being generously given some chestnut flour from Celia, I thought I would give Chestnut Coffee Cluster a go as well. Tastes remarkably similar, a little darker in colour, the subtle tones of the coffee added to the nuttiness of the chestnut. Same recipe just substituting the almond meal for chestnut flour.

Night Starvation prevented yet again.

* This post submitted to Yeastspotting.


25 thoughts on “Almond Coffee Cluster

  1. Hey, I grew up on Horlicks! Isn’t it funny how strong those memories are – you mentioned it, and I could suddenly taste it. I think your cluster would both stave off night starvation and make for a very lovely morning tea! And so happy you liked the chestnut flour – doesn’t it give the dough an interesting aroma! 🙂


  2. I can remember Horlicks in the pantry, my Dad was a Horlicks man (he used to say that every night…, aaahhh fond memories…, you’ve got me going here ladies)
    Pretty interested in this chestnut flour, sounds wonderful. Lovin the cure for night starvation, nice one 🙂


  3. I remember Horlicks! mum always made me drink some before bed time when I was young. I can’t stomach the stuff anymore but I sure do experience the hunger pangs at 9pm too. I can sometimes conjure up an entire meal at midnight.


  4. Oh so yummy. But I’m disappointed I now have a name for those “oh just a little something would be good right now” feelings of a night. I do so try to resist them and naming them… Does. Not. Help! 😉


  5. Night hunger! My mother was always on about night hunger. But we never had Horlicks in the house, not a very Scando thing. Whiskey was the late night drink of choice. Anyway, so night hunger was usually appeased with those bars of marzipan covered in dark chocolate. She carried them in her handbag at all times for other small hunger emergencies too. Whippet thin my mother was even so.

    I like your cake very much though and would rather have a piece of that I think 🙂


    • Joanna I didn’t discover marzipan until my late teens, (thankfully I’ve made up for lost time), I really don’t think it would be a good idea for me to carry them around as emergencies though…The Monkeys might get to them before I did!


  6. Night hunger? Hunh! I knew it wasn’t just me!
    My doctor said I should try a piece of celery with some peanut butter on it. Or maybe a piece of cheese.
    Crazy woman- I’M thinking almond coffee cluster- thank you, Brydie!


  7. I’ve just warded off night starvation with a spoonful of crunchy peanut butter topped with vanilla icecream. That sounds like a dare for you Brydie – go on, make a bread of that!


  8. How incredibly comforting. I will save this recipe not only for its deliciousness, but for the name itself. Anything with coffee and cluster goes on my list. Thank you again, food goddess.


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