Mr. Almond Obsession

5 Apr

by Green Gourmet L

Someone I know has an almond obsession. And a sweet tooth. I’m not complaining, but it’s hard to come up with new and exciting ideas for incorporating almonds into desserts. Of course, Bon Appetit to the rescue. Apparently someone had written in to talk about an amazing little restaurant in NYC called Locanda Verde (hey I know about that one! Click here!) and wanted their recipe for almond cake. I knew I had to jump all over this one since Mr. Green Gourmet would be more than pleasantly surprised to come home to an almond dessert. In our rental apartment, we don’t have things like spring form pans, so I had to improvise with the baking equipment I do have (a 9X9 in flimsy baking pan from Safeway). I also realized that I don’t have cakeflour (and neither does Whole Foods), so I substituted regular white flour and cornstarch. I kid you not, this dessert (which is meant to serve 10) was gone in a day and a half. I’m just sayin, it’s that good!

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup plus 1TB almond paste
  • 1 cup cake flour (or place 2 TB cornstarch in a 1 cup measure, fill the rest with all-purpose flour)
  • 1 1/2 tp baking powder
  • 1/2 tp salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 tp vanilla
  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature
  • garnish: blackberry jam and lightly sweetened whipped cream

Directions

Preheat oven to 350. Butter and flour the bottom and sides of a 9X9 baking pan. Blend sugar and almond paste in a food processor until finely ground.

Sift together flour, salt, and baking powder in a medium bowl.

Using a hand mixer, beat almond mixture, softened butter, and vanilla in a large bowl on medium speed until light and fluffy (about 3 minutes). Add eggs one at a time until incorporated.

Fold in dry ingredients.

Transfer to pan.

Bake for 30 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean and top is brown.

To serve, top with a few spoonfuls of your favorite jam (we use Bonne Maman blackberry preserves) and some lightly sweetened whipped cream.

Enjoy your almond obsession and don’t forget you read about it on Green Gourmets!

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