Sunday, March 05, 2006

Easy Almond Cake

Ok, after a month of silence, one last entry for tonight. I recently purchased Nigella Lawson's How to Be a Domestic Goddess. I already have her first book, How to Eat, and she is one of my favorite cookbook writers. I love the way she talks about food. Her recipes are relatively simple. She's the one I turn to for comfort food and just really satisfying desserts.

Her Easy Almond Cake is really easy and wonderfully delicious:

1 cup plus 2 tbs softened unsalted butter
1 cup plus 2 tbs softened marzipan (you can soften in the microwave)
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 tsp almond extract
zest of one orange or 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
6 large eggs
1 cup self-rising cake flour

First, you want to preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Then chop the butter and the marzipan into small cubes and put them in the bowl of a food processor with the sugar. Process until you have a paste. Add the almond extract and either the vanilla or the orange zest and process again. Add the eggs one at a time and process thoroughly after each. Add the flour and process again. Pour into a buttered and floured 10-inch pan (springform or bundt). Bake for 50 minutes.


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