Wednesday, 9 September 2015

#Bakeofflovelies - Alternative Week

Although I've been feeling rather unwell for the last week, luckily for me it was Alternative ingredients week on the Bake Off, 
which meant I could share my favourite but thankfully very easy bake.
I came across this recipe several years ago in Nigella's "Feast" and ever since have been making it every Easter and Christmas (and any excuse in between)
I also often make her Chocolate Orange version of this cake which is just A-mazing.

Apart from the fact that it is so easy to make, to me it is perfection in a cake;
it's dense, moist, and even though it has none in it, very buttery.
Although I'm not completely intolerant to gluten, it tends to disagree with me so the lack of white flour here is a bonus.
The almonds are not overwhelming at all but give it a delicate flavour that means you can grab a slice with your morning coffee and not feel too indulgent.
Nigella's Recipe calls for puréed apple which I omit for mine; 
not because it isn't delicious but because I just love how simple this cake can be.
I use less almonds for mine and a smaller tin as I like a taller cake.

Here is my slightly adapted version:

300g of Ground Almonds
275g of Caster Sugar
8 Eggs
Juice of half a Lemon
1 tsp of Vanilla Bean Paste
A generous sprinkle of Flaked Almonds

Combine all ingredients in a food processor (or a mixer/bowl)
Pour into a greased and lined tin ( I use a loose bottomed 10inch tin)
Sprinkle with flaked Almonds
Bake at 180 for 45 mins to an hour
(keep an eye on it to make sure the top isn't catching)

Nigella advises to serve warm with a dusting of icing-
In my opinion it tastes even better cold.

Even feeling as sorry as I did for myself I managed to put this cake together in five minutes;
It's definitely worth a try if you're new to gluten free baking.

Hope you enjoyed this weeks #bakeofflovelies
and enjoy tonight's Great British Bake Off!

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