Whilst I’ve been amusing myself up at the wee house, oh you know, killing freshly planted flowers, mowing over small trees and screaming every half second at anything moving beneath my feet, Mr Weiss has been to Florida, NYC and back upstate. As his reward I baked this cake, but perhaps I should have made him a t-shirt “I’ve been working like a dog and all I got to show for it is a lousy cake!”
I was rifling through some cookbooks looking for inspiration and came across a recipe for orange almond cake…. I rummaged around to find what I did and did not have (uh oranges), but I did have some frozen fresh meyer lemon juice….. and promptly changed it to …
Lemon Almond Cake (adapted from the cookbook “Eat Fee Autumn Winter” by Anne Bramley
3/4 c ground almonds
1/2 c sugar
2/3 c milk
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 c flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
3/4 c (1 1/2 stick) unsalted butter softened
1/3 c fresh squeezed lemon juice + zest 1 lemon
1 heaping tbsp lemon thyme leaves (optional)
Butter and flour a 9 inch spring form pan. Heat oven to 350F.
In a bowl combine milk, eggs and vanilla. With a standing mixer stir to blend the flour, 1/2 c sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt. Add the softened butter, mix until blended. Combine the lemon juice with the ground almonds and then on low speed alternately add half of the almond mixture and half of the egg mixture, beating well in between additions. Repeat.
Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake 50-55 mins, until toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool on rack.
This cake is delicious, really moist, we had already devoured a quarter of it, when I thought “you know what would make this even better? a glaze”.
3/4 c sifted powder sugar
1 tbsp butter
1 tbsp honey
1/4 c lemon juice and zest.
Melt the honey, butter and juice in microwave until all combined. Add to powder sugar, stir and pour over cake. Ta daH! Our household was divided over the glaze, Mr Weiss preferred it without, whilst I loved the extra lemony goodness.
what are you waiting for? it’s the weekend already… I suggest whipping one of these up. Let me know how it goes….