Almond cake (no almond extract)
There is actually a story behind this recipe which goes a little something like this *begin background music * My sister loves her tea, I’d say a little too much. She is the kind of person who might miss a meal but cannot go without her tea. She is also big on having something to munch on with her cuppa. A couple of years ago, I was visiting my sister and since I enjoy baking, she asked me to make her something that she could enjoy with her tea. So I set off on a mission to find her the perfect tea time cake! First, I baked her an apple crumble cake, which she liked, but it didn’t quite hit the spot, next I made a simple cake (similar to pound cake) but that turned out to be too sweet and not something we were really fond of as a cake. So after some trial and error I came up with this recipe and I must admit that at first, I kinda underestimated this little piece of yum (because that’s a thing :p) I haven’t come across anybody that does not like this cake, in fact I’ve had my cousins and others ask me how I make it and I’ve actually stood in my kitchen, teaching multiple relatives how to make it. So without further ado, I present to you, the very special, almond cake 🙂Ingredients:
3/4 cup chopped almonds
3/4 stick unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cups sugar
2/3 cup milk
1 1/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 350 F.
Mix the flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
In a separate bowl cream together butter and sugar until well combined.
In another bowl mix the eggs and milk. Add this mixture to the butter and sugar and whisk.
Then add the flour mixture with the wet ingredients and form a smooth batter.
Pour the batter in a lightly greased 9×1.5 inch baking pan and pop it in the oven for 25-30 minutes,
At this point the cake is almost done and now you sprinkle the almonds to cover the top of the cake.
Put it back in the oven for another 15 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted in the cake.
After turning off the oven, turn the broiler (top burner in the oven) and let the almonds toast for a minute or so, this will also form a crisp top. Make sure not to burn the top.
Allow the cake to cool completely and enjoy!