Showing posts from May, 2017

Almond Cake with Crunchy Crust

My partner and I absolutely love almonds. I recently came upon this recipe (thank you Pinterest) that promised to deliver a cake both moist inside, and with a delicious crunchy layer on top. The result was amazing.

CARAMELIZED CRUST 10 grams unsalted butter, softened 50 grams sliced almonds (I used about 1/2 cup) 2 tablespoons white sugar
BATTER 115 grams almond meal (ground almond) 150 grams white sugar 1 pinch of salt 1/2 teaspoon almond extract (I used a bit more because I didn't have any Amaretto) 3 large eggs 115 grams unsalted butter, room temperature 1 tablespoon Amaretto (optional) 45 grams all-purpose flour 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
Preheat oven at 350°F/180°C. Generously butter bottom and sides of a 8x8 inch cake pan. Spread sliced almonds evenly over bottom and sides (1 inch high) and sprinkle with sugar. Set aside. In a a mixing bowl, mix together almond meal, sugar, salt and almond extract. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Add softened butter, Amaretto and…


I finally found the perfect square cake pan I was looking for. It didn't stop me from making brownies before, but it was a perfect opportunity to give my new pan its first spin. These brownies came out rich and fudgy, with a strong cocoa flavor enhanced by the saltiness of the macadamia nuts.
Makes 16 servings.

INGREDIENTS ½ cup unsalted butter, melted (110 grams)
1 tablespoon vegetable oil (I used olive oil)
1 cup white sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
½ cup all purpose flour
½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
¼ teaspoon salt
½ cup dark chocolate chips (52% cocoa at least)
½ cup coarsely chopped nuts - optional (I used macadamia nuts)

Preheat oven to 175°C | 350°F.
Lightly grease an 8 or 9-inch square baking pan with cooking oil spray or butter.
Line bottom with baking paper and set aside.
Combine melted butter, oil and sugar together in a medium-sized bowl. Whisk well for about a minute. Add the eggs and vanilla; beat until lighter in colour (about 1 minute).
Add flour, cocoa powde…