Monday, March 14, 2016

Swedish Almond Cake

Happy Pi Day! Today is my one my husband's favorite days of the year, partly because pie usually appears in our kitchen around this time, but mostly because we are both have a love for all things math-y.

Spring has definitely arrived early to our town and for some reason I have been on an almond kick lately. While I know this recipe is not officially considered a "pie", it was what I was craving this weekend.  I found this recipe for a Swedish Almond Cake that looked too good to pass up. I did not have sliced almonds, so I substituted chopping up almonds myself.

Hope you enjoy as much as we did!

- 1 cup granulated sugar
- zest from 1 lemon
- 1/2 tsp almond extract
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup butter, melted (1 stick)
- 1/8 cup almonds, chopped
- 1 tbsp coarse sugar (or I just used granulated sugar)

1) In a bowl, combine granulated sugar and the zest from 1 lemon.

2) Add vanilla and almond extract and salt. Mix until sugar mixture is well blended.

3) Add in eggs one at a time. Mix until wet ingredients are frothy.

4) To the wet ingredients, add 1 stick of melted butter and 1 cup flour. Grease an 8 or 9 inch cake pan or springform pan. Add cake batter to the pan. Top with chopped (or sliced) almonds and coarse sugar.

5) Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool for 20 minutes before taking it out of the pan.

Unfortunately, I forgot to take a picture of the final cake after it was done (yes, it was that good)! We finished almost half it over the weekend before we realized that.  So, I leave you with a picture our half eaten almond cake.

Highly recommended recipe! :)