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Apple Butter Cake

June 16, 2015

One of my good friends gifted me some apple butter made by his mom. It is scrumptious, and I wanted to try my hand at showcasing it in something equally enticing. This is a simple cake that you can bake in a 9×13 dish or a bundt pan.

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You will need:

  • 1/2 c unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 c sugar
  • 2 eggs, room temperature and lightly beaten
  • 3/4 c apple butter
  • 1 c sour cream
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 1/2 c ground almond meal (optional)
  • 1 t baking soda
  • 1 t baking powder
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 2 c whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 c brown sugar
  • 1/2 t ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 t ground nutmeg

Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 9×13 inch glass baking dish.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth and fluffy.
  3. Mix in the eggs until well combined and smooth.
  4. Mix in the apple butter, sour cream and vanilla.
  5. Stir in the almond meal (if using), baking soda, baking powder and salt.
  6. Stir in the flour until incorporated.
  7. Spread the batter in the prepared baking dish.
  8. In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar with the cinnamon and nutmeg.
  9. Sprinkle the spiced brown sugar mixture on top of the cake.
  10. Bake for 35-45 minutes, or until golden and a tester in the middle comes out clean.
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Santiago Almond Cake

May 3, 2015
I love almonds. Whether they are in the form of marzipan or raw, they are one of my favorite treats. Torta de Santiago is a historically important cake from Spain. It means the “cake of Saint James” and has been served since the Middle Ages.
You will need:

  • 2 2/3 c finely ground almond meal from blanched almonds
  • 6 eggs, separated
  • 1 1/4 c sugar
  • 1 orange, zested
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • 1/4 t almond extract
  • Powdered sugar for dusting

20150410 Santiago Cake

Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9-inch springform pan.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, beat the egg yolks with the sugar until smooth and a pale yellow.
  3. Beat in the zests and almond extract.
  4. Stir in the almond meal and mix well. The mixture will be rather thick.
  5. In a medium mixing bowl, whip the egg whites until you have stiff peaks.
  6. Fold the eggs whites into the almond mixture in thirds.
  7. Spread the batter in the prepared pan.
  8. Bake for 35 to 45 minutes, or until golden and set in the middle.
  9. Allow to cool in the pan for 20 minutes. Remove the sides and allow to cool completely.
  10. Remove from the pan and set on a serving dish.
  11. Dust the cake with a little powdered sugar before serving.
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