Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Nancy's Almond Flour Lemon Cake

My darling friend Nancy B shared this almond cake recipe with me in December and I've been making it about once a month since. Daggumit. We all need influences like this right? Actually. I think my bum needs less friends like this.  As far as cakes go, this one has been the best nut cake I have ever had for being super consistent in the finished product and perfectly rich and moist. I'm not a big fan of dry cake and this one has never failed me. Tomorrow I'll be visiting my darlings down at channel 3 for a summer dessert segment and this is one of the goodies I'll be making on air. Actually, I'll be grilling wedges of it on a grill pan and serving it up with fresh fruit and whip cream. It is the perfect consistency for grilled pound cake!  For the segment I'll be omitting the crumb topping since it burns on the grill, but for this blog post, it is a must. Try this recipe darlings. You'll never want for another recipe for perfect nut cake again. 

By the way, the nut flour matters. I'm using a fine ground version available here. It really makes a big difference in the consistency of the nut cake.  I also use all purpose flour but if you are gluten-free you can use my favorite gluten-free flour blend. It is a cup-to-cup ratio in baking so it is an easy replacement. 

Nancy's Almond Lemon Cake

1 1/2 cups Almond flour
3/4 cup all purpose flour (or gluten-free flour blend)
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp baking soda

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Combine all dry ingredients in a bowl and sift well.

In a blender combine:
4 eggs
1 1/4 cup sugar
1T fresh lemon zest
1 tsp almond emulsion

Blend about 2 minutes until emulsified and sugar is dissolved. 

Add to blender:
5T melted butter
1/3 cup melted coconut oil

Blend on high for 1 minute more, until fully emulsified. While this is blending make the topping.
2T sugar
1 1/2 tsp fresh lemon zest
Combine the sugar and lemon zest. Mix together until lemon oil is released.

1/2 cup almond slices (optional)

Add the wet mixture to the flour mixture and stir well. Pour into a greased 9 inch cake pan lined with parchment paper.  Sprinkle the almonds over the top of the cake evenly. Sprinkle with sugar mixture. Bake 55-60 minutes. Let the cake cool in the pan on a wire rack about 15 minutes. Run a knife around the sides of the cake. Invert on a plate. Remove parchment paper. Let cake cool 2 hours and serve in wedges. Wrap. Will remain moist and delicious for several days. 

There you go my darlings! Bake some amazing almond cake!

Always My Very Best,
Your Friend Chef Tess


Charlotte Moore said...

I need to try this GF for some people that are GF, DF.

Charlotte Moore said...

I need to try this for some GF folks.