Almond, lemon and berry cake

2 weeks ago, as I was going through my kitchen notes, a yellowed piece of paper fell into my hands. There was a handwritten recipe on it, written in that basic style that a cook uses only for herself. I am sure you know the style, just so much information that you – and only you – understand what the outcome should be. Almond meal, lemon juice and sour cherries were involved. A google search didn’t bring up anything similar, so I have no idea where this recipe came from – if you recognize the recipe below, please let me know, I’d like to give due credit.

With the prospect of a dvd filled late-afternoon in our cool, air-conditioned bedroom behind closed shutters (this July has been brutal in Rome), I dared the idea of turning the oven on. The kitchen was already terribly hot (no AC here), so I thought “in for a penny, in for a pound” and cranked up the oven.

Since I was born with the CFR-syndrome* (and because I didn’t have everything at home and there was no way I was going outside to the 44°C / 111°F heat), I made some changes. The cake turned out lovely and I have since repeated the success and even made some little tweaks. This is an uncomplicated cake with a surprisingly multi-layered taste – the almonds give a slight crunch and a nutty taste, lemon juice and powder make it fresh and underline the berry taste.

Almond, lemon and berry cake
source: a little yellowed out piece of paper, with some changes by me

prep: 10 mins
bake: 40 mins
cool: 10 mins

all purpose flour, 135 g
baking soda, 1 tsp (5 g)
almond flour**, 85 g
citrus powder***, 3 tsp (substitute fresh zest)
butter, 185 g
sugar, 200 g
lemon juice, 60 ml (I obtained that amount from 1 very juicy big lemon)
Vanilla extract, 10 ml
eggs, 2
berries, 125 g (any berries you have or even sour cherries)

Heat the oven to 180°C / 360°F, line a loaf cake pan with heat proof paper (with overhang!) and butter it liberally.

Mix the flour, baking soda, almond flour and citrus powder/zest. In a casserole type pan, mix butter, sugar, lemon juice and vanilla extract, let it completely melt and dissolve on low heat. Add slowly to the flour mixture and mix with a spatula to just combine. Add the eggs one at a time and mix until completely incorporated. Fill the (runny) batter into the lined and greased pan. Scatter your fruit on top – no need to push down, they will sink!

Bake for 40 minutes (a skewer should come out clean). If you are using frozen berries, it will take up to 20 minutes longer.

Take the loaf pan out and let cool on a rack for 10 minutes. You can then remove the cake from the pan easily by just grabbing the ends of the lining. Eat at room temperature. Some whipped cream on the side is a lovely addition. Keeps in the fridge for at least 3 days (the longest we had some left over).

This is not a very fluffy cake, rather a bit on the dense and coarse side but not unpleasantly so. The size is just right to serve it to a couple of friends for coffee and maybe have leftovers for the next day. No one has been able to eat less than 2 slices!

* Can’t Follow Recipe
** so much better to make your own than buy: just pulse whole blanched almonds for 20 seconds in a food processor or similar. Some coarse crumbs are perfectly ok, it doesn’t have to be too fine.
*** Take an untreated, preferably organic citrus of your choice (orange, lemon, mandarine…), slice into really thin rounds and dry in the oven for a few hours at a low temperature with the fan on. When they are perfectly dry and crisp, grind them to fine meal / powder in the food processor. I made mine in the winter with perfect oranges and have been using it in pasta sauces and salad dressings. You can substitute fresh zest of the lemon you are using for the juice.

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13 Responses

  1. Na das sieht ja aber lecker aus!

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  3. eben angeschnitten: sehr schön saftig, fruchtig-frisch-sommerlich, nur die farbe von unserem hat uns etwas befremdet: durchgängig dunkelgelb bis eher bräunlich – aber wovon bloß? deiner scheint ja auch klassisch gelb zu sein.

    • hmm, waren die mandeln auch geschält? sonst kann ich mir nix vorstellen!

      • ja klar, blanchierte mandeln. mysteriös. habe mich übrigens auch nicht ganz ans rezept gehalten, sondern 3 (sehr kleine) eier genommen…

      • tsss, tss, tss. Auch CFR-Syndrom, was? ;) waren es vielleicht braune eier? lol! konnte nicht verkneifen…. Mir fällt nix anderes ein. Es gibt ja nix, was braun machen würde. War vanilla extract zu dunkel? meine ist selbst gemacht… rätsel!

  4. vanilleextrakt, das könnte evtl. sein, hätte ich überhaupt nicht dran gedacht. nehme ich selten her und ist nicht selbst gemacht – das wäre vielleicht die lösung.
    dieses cfr-syndrom scheint weit verbreitet zu sein…

  5. mmmm super thank you

  6. What a cake! Love the flavours of berry, lemon and almond together! And the fact that there’s no creaming of butter. Yum!

  7. I love baking cakes and trying new recipes for my hubby… I should have to try this tonight for dinner. I like the combination of the fruits.

  8. That looks delicious!

  9. Reblogged this on Dear Sorella and commented:
    Starting a blog seemed like a most excellent idea, then it dawned on us…you need to take pictures of the food you are creating…lol. While both of us LOVE photography, we just haven’t coordinated moments in our lives to create an actual post of our own. So today, I swa this wonderful “reblog” feature, and thought I would give it a whirl!

    This is not my recipe, nor did I take the photo, full credit is to be given to the author of blog hande, found here…take a look!

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