Sunday, January 7, 2018

Afternoon Cake

almond cake
This delicious Afternoon Cake recipe from Small Victories cookbook by Julia Turshen is easy to make and tastes fabulous on it own or with a cup of tea or coffee. The author has plenty of recipes perfect for home cooking, and suggests variations within the recipes.
I found the tips Julia Turshen mentions in this book handy to know. For example, to cook perfectly runny yolks without undercooking the egg whites we can add drops of water to the cooking pan. Another tip for roasted potatoes with the crispiest exterior is to boil the potatoes before roasting. 

The recipes in this book are separated into breakfast; soups and salads; vegetables; grains, beans and pasta; meat and poultry; shellfish and fish; desserts, drinks, menu ideas and suggestions. I found the colourful photography that accompany some of the recipes encouraging to try the dishes. This is wonderful cookbook that encourages everyone to feel confident to prepare a variety of meals.  
almond cake
If you want to make this cake nut free, replace the amount of nut flour with 1/2 cup all purpose flour. 

1 cup flour
1/2 cup finely ground nuts
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 eggs
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
grated zest of 1 orange plus 1/4 cup orange juice or any citrus fruit, I used Clementine 
powdered sugar for dusting

Bake in a 350F oven. 

Butter the bottom of an 8 inch cake pan, then line it with a circle of parchment paper that is buttered. 

Whisk flour, ground nuts, baking powder, and salt in a bowl.

In another bowl, whisk the eggs until the whites and yolks are fully combined. Add the olive oil and granulated sugar and whisk until the sugar is dissolved. Whisk the vanilla, orange zest and juice. Whisk in the flour mixture. Pour the batter in the prepared cake pan and pat it down on the counter to eliminate any air bubbles. 
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Bake for 25 to 30 minutes until a skewer inserted in the center comes out clean. Transfer the cake with the pan to a wire rack and cool completely. Once cool, loosen the edges of the cake and invert onto the work surface. Peel the parchment off and place it on the serving platter and dust the cake with powdered sugar.   
almond cake
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18 comments:

  1. mmm This looks delicious!! what a perfect care to pair with tea or a cup of coffee

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  2. Looks delicious! Thanks for sharing

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  3. I like that this cake uses ingredients I have in my home.

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  4. This cake looks delicious, thanks for the recipe.

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  5. This would be just a tasty accompaniment to afternoon tea.

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  6. Looks really good, thanks for the recipe! (Judy Cowan)

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  7. Thanks this sure sounds like a tasty snack for Tea time !

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  8. Oh nice recipe I;m gonna try this Thanks :)

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  9. My mom and I would enjoy this over a cup of tea together. Sounds like it has a nice refreshing hint of citrus and I love that.

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  10. This looks like a delicious cake recipe.

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  11. That looks like a lovely cake for a mid day snack.

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  12. Love that it is made with simple ingredients!

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  13. This cake looks easy enough to make and tasty. Small Victories cookbook by Julia Turshen sounds like a good one with all the different categories of foods in one book.

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  14. Debbie White BeattieJanuary 13, 2018 at 9:35 PM

    I've never seen a recipe or cake like this but it looks delicious and best of all, it's easy to make.

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  15. This cake would be perfect my for any afternoon tea! Thanks for sharing!

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  16. looks great. My mom used to grind up nuts andmake her own nut flour! thank you for the recipe!

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  17. This cake looks easy to make and delicious!! The recipe book sounds great too - I love books with great tips to make cooking easier!

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  18. I wouldn't be waiting for the afternoon. lol. This would be perfect with a cup of tea
    (Debbie W)

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