TWD–BCM: Plain and Simple Almond Cake
This is my first Tuesdays with Dorie: Baking Chez Moi. I'd just received the book for my birthday from my sister. I wasn't very excited to try this Plain and Simple Almond Cake but boy was I surprised. The instructions are a little more delicate than most recipes in Dorie's Cookies– you have to make sure not to beat the eggs whites too much so the cake gets a proper rise (a bit like a genoise). There are barely any ingredients so it doesn't take long to prepare (maybe 15 minutes) then you pop it in the oven and wait. I was skeptical when I took it out because it looked like the surface of the moon but it did seem to rise a little so I crossed my fingers and wrapped it up until Mother's Day (2 days between baking and serving) I flipped it over to serve because I thought the bottom was prettier, then I staged some fruit on the top and served it to my family with a selection of jams and homemade lemon curd.
It has that same sort of outside coat as an angel food cake and is light but dense at the same time with a hint of sweet. I could have eaten the whole thing, in fact my father ate about a quarter of it, one tiny sliver at a time in the usual fashion. Proof that this is downright addictive and FUN FACT gluten free!! I've decided to try my hand at a bit more GF baking anyway as a good friend's girlfriend has celiac.
This version may not have been the prettiest so next time I'll have to take more care to smooth out the top but it will definitely be making a reappearance or two (maybe even so early as Father's Day). Yum!
For the recipe check out Baking Chez Moi by Dorie Greenspan.