This almond butter was one of the top 20 finalists in the Cuisine Artisan Awards 2018. Its sweet nuttiness with just a hint of salt makes it an excellent choice for both sweet and savoury dishes. I often add a dollop to berry or banana smoothies, I adore it on wholegrain toast topped with some avocado and lemon juice, or spread into the hollow of celery sticks (which always reminds me of school lunches).

Tofu with almond butter sauce

Gently fry 1 clove minced garlic with a 3cm piece of minced ginger until just cooked but uncoloured. Combine with 1⁄4 cup almond butter, 1-2 teaspoons soy sauce and enough water to loosen. Toss cubes of firm tofu with seasoned cornflour, fry in a hot pan until crisp. Serve with rice and stir-fried vegetables.

Brioche French toast with almond butter & seasonal fruit

Soak day-old slices of brioche (or panettone if you have some) in a mix of beaten egg and milk and fry until golden. While warm, smear with almond butter and top with seasonal fruit such as strawberries, raspberries and stone fruit. Dust with icing sugar to serve.

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