PS. This would seem to be a cookie heaven for some, BUT, no almonds – just ground white beans with added flavourings: bleah. Everything is better with almonds. Try it! I used a 7 oz tube of Odessa almond paste instead of 8 o.z. If someone had to ask me – what would be my “desert island” cake, I wouldn’t hesitate for a minute. 2. This sounds delicious — but your links may start bad habits for me! The purées are soft and airy, with perfect texture (almost a mousse), even from the hardest ingredients as sundried marinated tomatoes or nuts like almonds. (I checked the sites of 2 companies: Wilton calls them the classic cake pan (which have 2-inch sides), and the pan from King Arthur is also 2 inches deep, so those are the standards I generally use when calling for a ‘cake pan’.). In the bowl of a food processor, grind the sugar, almond paste, and 1/4 cup (35g) of flour until the almond paste is finely ground and the mixture resembles sand. Also perfect unadorned. It can also be frozen for up to two months. http://www.carolinescakes.com/prodinfo.asp?number=MG. This is exactly the kind of delicious, easy, gluten-free-adaptable, non-chocolate cake that I need in my life TONIGHT. Hi David – an off-topic comment, but I thought you would be interested, the beloved (at least by me) Fromagerie 31 on rue de Seine has closed. Hi David I need a nice friendly American to be willing to forward an Amazon.com order (since they don’t ship food products outside of the US). Oooh what a great recipe. Colonel: I agree with Shawna-and ice cream cake might be a lovely idea, too. Hi David, I didn’t check it until 1 hr, and probably should have removed at 55″. To get the paste fine enough, enlist your food processor. Thanks again. Their website http://www.kingarthurflour.com carries all the best baking ingredients, and I’m willing to bet that they ship internationally since customer service is what they are all about. (You may wish to open the machine and scrape the sides down to make sure the eggs are getting fully incorporated.) I wonder if it’d result in a drastically coarser texture…. I still have some almond paste, so looks like I’ll be making this beauty tonight. I love gevulde speculaas, which is spiced sweet shortbread (speculaas or also known as speculoos outside the Netherlands), stuffed with almond paste. Thank you so much! No doubt the paste form will give a moister texture but I avoid sugar/glucose where possible (and heaven knows what else is lurking in there). www.ambacht.co.uk/2015/12/dutch-almond-paste-biscuits-gevulde-koek-recipe I frosted the whole thing in more chocolate icing and when I gave a slice to Lindsey, she asked me where I got such a delicious recipe. i’m always looking for new vehicles for some marscapone whipped cream! I cut the muffin top and lava fall away from the cake and munched on the leftover bits, then piled the cake itself with fresh berries. Online since 1995, CDKitchen has grown into a large collection of delicious recipes created by home cooks and professional chefs from around the world. We ordered the Biscoff Spread after you wrote about it – and reordered 3 times! After taking the cake out of the pan, I see why both greasing/flouring and parchment paper is needed. That wouldn’t be the right thing, would it? First, all the almond paste I can find is in 7 oz tubes and since it is so pricey (egaads $8 in California … almond capital!) I can’t think of a higher recommendation than to hear that you would want this to be your lifelong partner on a deserted island. Place this almond paste on top of the dough layer and press the other half on top of both. Have the brownies from your new book in the oven, smells good! When you say almond paste is 33 or 50 % almonds, what’s the rest? I have to try this recipe. since it is cherry season, after all ;) I’ll let you know how it goes! I’m going to add Indian Blood peaches and the reduced peach syrup from the maceration process into the batter (reducing added sugar). I’ve been making your almond cake for my husband’s birthday the past few years and I don’t expect that tradition to end anytime soon! @ Kyle- I found a very reasonably priced almond extract that is pure and uses bitter almonds from Target under the brand Market Pantry. I can’t wait to serve it. And I’ll definitely be adding orange blossom water rather than vanilla. In fact, it gets better if it sits a day or two before serving. I’ll be back for more. Years ago I was station in the desert in Southern California and was trying to impress a girl with a note that mentioned that she was”the best thing about this God-forsaken dessert.” Lucky for me, she wasn’t much of a speller, either. Generally, I run the risk of slightly underbaking any cake, assuming that a more-than-golden brown crust means dry death, but that almond cake’s crust makes it look hearty and strong, with a nice firm edge. The word stol, or stollen, comes from the Dutch word “stut”, meaning buttress. This almond cake recipe was also in Alice Waters’ The Art of Simple Food. When that’s done just knead it by hand and it will become a paste. If this turns out anywhere near as well as the Spiced Apple Cake people will be lining up at my door! I bought a tube of almond paste a few months ago, but can’t recall why. I like salt quite a bit, especially with the strong taste of nuts to counterbalance it. Just wanted to say thank you for the recipe! I bet it makes the cake so moist. The final result is a very dense, chewy torte. This cake is endlessly adaptable, and once I baked it in loaf pans, split the cooled cakes horizontally four times, smeared a bit of dark chocolate icing between each layer, then stacked them back up. I usually stock up at Passover because I make tons of almond macaroons using almond paste. Thanks for a wonderful, informative blog! I just love the almond fragrance and flavor. This might be a good alternative for your readers who can’t find almond paste. My wife is constantly asking me to make stuff for her to bring into work. It’s perfect the way it is! It was absolutely delicious so I’m delighted to find a source so I can make it again. http://picasaweb.google.com/LisaBergtraum/IBakeErgoSum#5500555276712513586. I read your blog all the time, your recipes are clear and straightforward (I also did your apple jelly). Thank you David! In the Netherlands, you have ‘gevulde [filled] speculaas’ filled with a layer of marzipan. Add one egg white, a pinch of salt and one teaspoon of almond extract. Though, it didn’t have the lovely crumb that your cake must surely have, given the gorgeous photo. His family immigrated from Holland to the United States before the last three children … My husband just mixed up a batch of the salted butter chocolate chip cookies and we’re going to bake those soon too. It’s a very heavy cake and I just realized, it’s quite expensive too! I can’t wait to try this; my mouth started watering as soon as I saw the picture. I ran back for a second piece and tried it with whipped ream and then chocolate frosting (which I was skeptical about)… Both were equally divine. Our almond paste is made in house. Photo about Small square cake filled with thick almond paste. Ahhhh, what a wonderful smell. I think I’ll try it with some fresh blueberries. I made the cake in a springform pan (is that what you call the pans with the removeable bottom?). Divide the dough in two and press into a buttered pie pan of 1" deep and 8" diameter. our friends and I enjoyed this with some fresh plums tossed in plum reduction and some almond praline candies. For what it’s worth, it baked in 40 minutes rather than 65 (and it probably could have come out a minute or two sooner). Poor consistency and the risk of generating oil form all that friction. Join our community of 201,750+ other members - browse for a recipe, submit your own, add a review, or upload a recipe photo. When I saw you post this I knew I had to make it cause it sounded so good. But I have a couple of questions: I only have access to Odense almond paste which comes in a 7 oz. I bet a good gluten-free flour blend for your version would be great, too. Dutch Almond Banket. Ingredients. Fortunately I leave for France on Wednesday, but no time in Paris…instead a fabulous wedding near St. Tropez and then on to the Dordogne for a real estate search. I think I have to go with my grandmother’s apple cake. Considering I lived in an Orange Grove at home, I had it all as a kid! I’m so sad I didn’t have a last 15-cheese plate there before they disappeared. Push … Made this cake last night and tasted it about an hour after it was unmolded – DELICIOUS. I love your blog and wish I had known about it before I went to Paris! But this one…this moist, perfectly balanced, endlessly delicious cake has made me toss all the others away. Taking the cake with peaches & whipped cream to Mah Jongg tomorrow. Mine leaked out the bottom a tiny bit, so I stuck some foil underneath it, but otherwise had no problems. Place the cut out pastry over the piped almond paste and gently press the edges of the pastry down onto the edge of the bottom layer of pastry. The Sassy Radish link uses olive oil, but I’m not feeling the olive oil right now; it’s not late enough in the summer for me. Grease two 20cm round cake tins, or two 23cm pie dishes. Going to London again in September, hoping the exchange rate is still good, and getting some more. Chocolate is my favorite, but fresh fruit, candied fruit and whipped cream are wonderful. Dough2 cups flour1 cup butter1 cup caster sugar1 small egg1 pinch salt Filling2 cups blanched almonds1/4 cup sugar1 small egg1/2 lemon, grated peel. David: I love Tokyo and was there a few years back. Oh how I love my little neighborhood grocery store – not one but TWO kinds of almond pastes!I’m going to make this dessert for my wine group next week. I just tried the recipe, the cake looks good, though the batter definitely expanded beyond the pan. I didn’t see it in Chez Panisse Desserts, but I thought that I would ask anyway. ), You will need to get almond paste, not marizpan, which is softer and sweeter, but most supermarkets in America carry almond paste. As I picked three 6 pound baskets of strawberries today on a farm in Wisconsin, I think this recipe will be another vehicle for those luscious ripe berries. A blogger friend of mine, Les rêves d’une boulangère posted an orange and almond flour version here just the other day: Orange and Almond Cake. Almond paste has sweetener added. Process until mostly smooth. I have a very dark pan, too, and am under the impression that might have something to do with it. Bake in a moderate (350 degrees F) oven until golden brown and done, about 1 hour. There’s no sifting or folding or tricks, and it keeps well for several days. But as you know, it’s good to be vigilant when things are baking. Grumble, grumble: in a 9″ cake pan, the batter overran and spilled in my oven. I’ll let you know if it works out. Brush with egg white. Bitterkoekjes are almond macaroons with a crisp exterior and a soft center. Seems like double work for the same result. PS — loved your post of the vegan strawberry ice cream — something else to include in the selection of desserts for my vegan friends …. It is so incredible, I eat it straight with a spoon. For a bit of a change I also make Tamasin Day-Lewis’ Macaroon cake. If you have just a few ingredients, and a standard cake pan, you can bake this exceptionally moist almond cake. Desert island cake: Caroline’s Montana Gold. Spread the almond paste over the dough. Brush all over with beaten egg. One of the best things about this recipe is that you can make up several rolls, freeze, and bake out as needed. I think almond is an underused flavor in the U.S., and regularly crave the croissants aux amandes I used to eat on Sunday mornings in Paris. Cut a small slit in top of each cookie. Once cool, tap the cake out of the pan, remove the parchment paper, and set on a cake plate until ready to serve. But I added additional information to the end of the recipe about cake pan sizes. Well, I certainly am going to try this but just with finely ground almonds as found here in France. Love it. You can visit the websites of the almond paste producers which I linked to in America to find out more about their exact composition. Is it? DUTCH ALMOND CAKE. We love to have a big crowd at seder and we rock it! tracy: Since the batter is somewhat sticky, I recommend both greasing the bottom and using parchment as extra insurance the cake will come out. Have you tried Supermercados Pueblo or Supermercados Amigo (owned by Walmart)? Is there a specific reason, beyond your personal preference? When nicely incorporated add beaten egg to it and beat until fully incorporated. Cut into wedges … Good thing you had a pan underneath, but I’ve made this cake a zillion times and haven’t had that happen to me. In reference to your post today, you are welcome to stay with us at our place in Kenton-on-Sea, South Africa during December when we go for a month during the summer holidays (I’m American but have lived in Australia for the last 5 years). Thanks, Kathy I’ve had great success with your chocolate idiot cake and I’m already deciding which of your books to buy from Amazon. Hi David, maybe you don’t know, because you’re not in the states at the moment, but does anyone know what widely-available brand of almond extract uses the pure extract from bitter almonds that is recommended here? But then once I get to Amazon, they suggest Pistachio Paste and Hazelnut Paste as well!! A lot of places like Target sell those 1-1/2″ stackable pans–awesome if you bought them when you were a poor college student with little storage space. That just goes to show that you don’t need a lot of fancy equipment to bake something wonderful. My almond paste is from Tesco’s in London. I think the natural food stores sell almond paste here in small quantities, too. I can imagine this would be delicious with the fresh blackberry sauce that I just made to go with homemade ice cream. Falling asleep to the fragrance of Almond blossoms was a dream. It may have produced a little different product, but it was spectacular. Although chocolate is wonderful with this buttery almond cake, this cake shines equally bright when paired with lightly sweetened fresh peaches, plums, oranges, apricots, or whatever berries are the most spectacular at the time. Notes: For this cake, I used this 9-inch cake pan, whose sides are 2-inches (5cm) high. Great texture. thanks! I’ve always used the recipe on the Solo can up to now–many thanks for this version. Kathy: i don’t know about using 7oz of almond paste but would image it would work fine. Great tip about thinning out the butter — I’m taking note to try it this way next time. I’ll let you know if I notice anything when I slice it. Just wanted to thank you for sharing this recipe. I promised my mother an almond cake, and was going to make one with lemon zest and limoncello, but my niece despises anything that resembles citrus, so this cake sounds wonderful! Great site! Mandelmasse or Pâte d´amandes. (I feel a bit dumb now after reading in the comments above that several others used a 7 oz tube of almond paste with good results!) I told everyone where I found the recipe. Bake for 30 minutes until golden … crust and the custard..) which came out great too. But it’d be a shame to have trouble unmolding the cake. Although chocolate figures largely into the equation for many of my favorite desserts, as much as I love Chocolate Orbit Cake, I’d have to pick this Almond Cake as the one that I would choose to sustain me through thick and thin. of butter. You don’t have to spend $15.00 for some lousy tasting tube at the supermarket. This macaroons recipe is made with almond paste and without coconut. Hey, I live walking 5 minutes from the BAY OF CADIZ. Jean: Odd that yours overflowed because as you can see in the picture, mine was just right. It’s addictive. Thanks for sharing. A lot of almond paste recipes recommend grating the paste on a box grater, which gets it pretty well broken up prior to mixing. It was so much cheaper than any almond paste that I’ve ever seen in the US and I live in California, the almond capital of the US. Bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned. I make it every week, topping it with sliced peaches or sliced mangoes or….just eat it out of the pan. Your recipe stirs up incredible sensory memories–it would also be MY desert island cake!, Reminds me that I must lean on them to start offering it again this summer! I can’t wait to bury it in peaches and whipped cream this afternoon. The blackberries are just beautiful here right now, so I will have to make your recipe and try that combination. The Big Beast Cuisinart comes out only when the poor little mini is about to explode from being overstuffed with ingredients. So, naturally, when I was craving an almondy treat (after the French Pear Tart left me wanting more of that almond taste), I bought myself a can of Solo Almond Paste and headed over to Solo's website. Check it out! Who could resist a product called Love ‘N Bake? I’m baking this cake for my birthday party tomorrow. Hopefully soon I will be selling my ice cream and cakes at the local farmer’s market. Remove to wire racks to cool. Can one use ground almond instead of the almond paste here? It’s a sunny morning in NorCal and I can’t wait to share it with the family this AM! Stefan: The ‘paste’ you’re referring to is likely what we call in the states, Almond Butter, and is simply ground almonds. I need to do some serious baking to combat the winter cold and the winter blues, and seeing as I just ate an entire block of Guanaja Grue, I don’t want anything like cocoa in said baking. It’s deelish, and people always comment on the flavor of orange. 4. Can’t tell you how many times I have made it. Only, there’s no such thing as cashew nut essence — as far as I know — and so the flavour wasn’t as strong as I’d like, but it was a beautiful cake. I want to try that recipe, too. I made it a few days ago. Sprinkle with sliced almonds and coarse sugar. The macaroon topping gives it a bit of a crunch. 5. Apple Slice. I have seen recipes for this cake using powder and wonder what the difference is. My sister made it for her sons birthday one year and served it with fresh mixed berries and a simple vanilla bean ice cream — he has requested this cake every year since. Have you tried Amanda Hesser’s almond cake? Feb 12, 2016 - Explore Birdie Blue's board "Banket" on Pinterest. I have never mixed a cake in a food processsor. each of sliced blanched almonds and powdered sugar and process until fairly fine. I may make this cake just so I can get those dark edges and see if I like it. And what type of frosting (if any) do you think would be good for this cake? The cake was consumed by two French friends, with whom I sent home the leftovers so they could have it for breakfast. In the United States, Solo and Odense are good brands of almond paste available in supermarkets. She makes it in bundt cake form and my favorite moment was when I got to snap a picture of it and post it on my site for the rest of the world to revel in. I know some people in Europe make their own from powdered almonds, but those are easier to find here than elsewhere. (This being the Swiss marzipan: http://www.olomarzipan.ch/index.cfm?parents_id=958 ), almond cake, like walnut cake (with the addition of fresh orange juice) is also a favorite cake flavour in greece, but we wouldn’t use almond paste (not a well-known product in greece), my mother used to make this kind of cake just like you described (splitting it into layers and building it again with creamy choclate or vanilla based fillings – in greece, each cake layer is drizzled with syrup before being put together again; if the cake were left as a whole as in your picture, it is also usually drenched in a light syrup which should be just enought to soak thru the cake without leaving too much residue at the bottom of the pan. Take a bit (and I mean Just a Bit) of a beaten egg and brush that (ever so lightly) on the tops of the cakes. David, also wanted you to know you have inspired me to start a gourmet line of ice cream called Chubby Pug Ice Cream (named for my beloved dog, Sydney. In mixer, combine ingredients and blend well. After you add all the eggs, the mixture may look curdled. Haha, “Dessert Island”. Just bought some Penzey’s Almond extract and some of their Mexican Vanilla extract, yesterday. I wish I hadn’t had a main course so I could’ve had a bigger piece. in my mortar and then squish in the butter with my fingers. I don’t know why, but I’ve never made anything with almond paste. Dutch Letter Bars Ingredients: 1 cup butter, melted 1 can almond paste 2 eggs plus 1 egg yolk, reserve the egg white 1 ½ cup sugar 2 cups flour 2 teaspoons almond extract ½ teaspoon vanilla sliced almonds Preheat oven to 325 degrees. It is a very reliable recipe and can be tweaked in many different directions. Thank you for this David! It appears to be a little coarse in texture. I served it with limoncello, creme fraiche, and blueberries, and frankly the sides were a bit too much. Add eggs, reserving just enough to brush over the tops, about 1 tablespoon. It really seems to be a very versatile cake with great flavor. Six of us went to a cabin in the north Georgia mountains for the 4th of July and I made your wonderful almond cake. I think this calls for a try! Maybe I’ll try to adapt the basic yogurt cake recipe…. I’m guessing from the other comments and the tags that marzipan would be an acceptable substitute? Even almond butter is better than the peanut version. Now I know I was just planning ahead for this. Dutch Butter Cake (Boterkoek) Recipe | A Delicious Dutch treat Also is there a reason the baking powder is also increased? Making almond paste is easy!!! It really sounds yummy. This looks wonderful! What a great recipe David, especially since it sounds like the perfect vehicle to deliver delicious summer fruits along with some dollops of whip cream. ), David, I have made it quite a few times & love it. It really would’ve been all right if the batter, before baking, hadn’t filled the pan to the top–that extra half inch a standard pan would’ve granted would’ve taken the batter that overflowed from my pan. For Filling: Grind the blanched almonds, mix with sugar, beaten egg and lemon peel and grind once more. Still moist. For both alternatives, do you cover them with something or put them in air tight containers? It’s a great baking night in my house! I’ve found the brands that are easily available at the grocery store to be too sweet. I’ve never understood that difference, may be baking powder is more potent? Love the Sweet Life in Paris and the blog. Almost finished with your ‘Sweet Life in Paris’ book. The upside to the sides sticking a bit is I got to test the cake without cutting into it. Occasionally it will sigh a bit in the center, which is normal and adds to its character. almond paste, at room temp. I’ve renamed it The World’s Easiest Cake. I’m gluten intolerant, and was able to substitute the cup of flour easily for gluten-free flour. Optionally you can add some color and shape it in a log. Can I substitute almond powder for the almond paste? In a small bowl, whisk together the remaining 3/4 cup (105g) of I refused to believe it until Cococook opened there last week. Big decision! David — I have made this cake using your original recipe with 10 oz of butter and I would not change a thing. 3. I absolutely love almond cake and its versatility. Once the almond paste is completely broken up, add the cubes of butter and the vanilla and almond extracts, then process until the batter is very smooth and fluffy. Magda. 1 3/4 c. sugar 2 eggs, at room temp. What can I say, My Grandad was an ALMOND rancher in California. 1 2 Next. I was out of almonds, so I used cashew nuts instead (and made my own paste, using the link you suggested), and it was fantastic! Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C). Thanks for all the great recipes and Paris tips! I would love to try it for this weekend. I will have to try the almond cake now too. I should be receiving my equipment this weekend. Almond Cake with Strawberry-Rhubarb Compote (Smitten Kitchen), How to Find Food Products and Other Items Mentioned on the Site, Tags: almond almond extract almond paste baking cake gateau Chez Panisse Chez Panisse Desserts cookbook Lindsey Shere marzipan recipe strawberry. My father-in-law is the youngest of seven children. I like that it isn’t too sweet and that the texture is fine like a pound cake. I can find, and do have 41% almond paste. You should make an ice cream version of that cake you just described. Hi David — I’ve made this cake about a zillion times — it’s a favorite among my friends & family (and it’s become the reason I keep those huge several-pound-cans of almond paste laying around). Not your typical kids birthday cake, but he loves it! 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