- Dish type
- Nut and seed cakes
- Almond cake
This is the easiest and quickest cake recipe I know and always a crowd pleaser.
2 people made this
- For the base
- 250ml double cream
- 200g caster sugar
- 125g plain flour
- 4 eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla sugar
- 1 pinch salt
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 tube liquid butter vanilla flavouring (optional)
- For the topping
- 125g butter, softened
- 150g caster sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla sugar
- 4 tablespoons milk
- 200g almond flakes
MethodPrep:5min ›Cook:20min ›Ready in:25min
- Preheat your oven to 200 C / Gas 6.
- In a bowl, add all ingredients of the base and stir till smooth. Pour on a greased Swiss roll tin and bake till bubbles start to form, about 10 minutes. Remove form the oven and prick evenly with a fork all over the surface.
- In a bowl add all the ingredients for the topping and distribute evenly over the base. Bake till golden brown, about 10 minutes. Let cook, then cut into squares.
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Easy Almond Slice Recipe
Almond slice recipes are often found with a pastry base and a raspberry jam layer. But in my opinion, that’s heading into the realms of a Bakewell slice.
A traditional almond slice recipe has a ground almond sponge and a crunchy topping of flaked almonds.
It is a really moist bake and will happily last a few days in an airtight tin.
That is if you have more self control than I )
A sure sign of a recipe being a winner is when half of it is gone before I even manage to get photos! I knew the other half would like Almond Slice, given his love for Mr Kipling Bakewell Slices I hadn’t anticipated making two batches of them within a few days.
If I’m being completely honest, I’m not too big a fan of almonds in baking. I can happily munch through an entire bag of whole almonds but when it comes to baking with them, I just get reminded of marzipan which is something I am most definitely not a fan of! I’m not entirely sure what it is about marzipan but I just can’t seem to grow any degree of fondness for it…
That being said, even I could appreciate the simplicity of these lovely little slices. Of course my favourite part is the pastry base, smothered in raspberry jam. But my other half – the true almond slice fan – actually gave high praises of these little cakey-pastry slices which for those of you who know him, you can appreciate that coming from him it is high praise indeed!
Granny’s Top Tips
♥ Blind baking your pastry isn’t essential but I highly recommend it to avoid a soggy bottom, which is otherwise guaranteed due to the jam layer on top of the pastry.
♥ Be generous with your jam layer. It’s the jam that really adds character to these little almond slices so don’t be stingy! And if you want to make your almond slice extra special, why not throw on a handful of fresh raspberries also?
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Easy Flourless Almond Cake Recipe
1. Preheat oven to 340F (170C). line a bottom of 8-inch (20cm) round pan with parchment paper and grease the bottom and sides.
2. In a large bowl beat egg yolks with sugar on high speed, until thick, smooth and pale. Add oil, vanilla extract and lemon zest. Beat until incorporated.
3. Add almond flour and fold until incorporated.
4. In a separate bowl beat egg whites with pinch of salt. Beat until foamy, then gradually add 2 tablespoons of sugar and beat until stiff peaks form.
5. Gradually fold the egg whites into egg yolk mixture, 1-2 tablespoons at the time. Fold just until combined after each addition, do not over fold.
6. Pour the batter to the prepared pan, sprinkle sliced almonds on top.
7. Bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown on top. Let cool in the pan for 10 minutes, release from the pan and let cool completely.
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Steps to make Apricot and Almond Traybake
Heat oven and prepare baking dish
Preheat the oven to 355 °F. Lightly grease a baking dish with cooking spray.
Cream butter and sugar
Cream 220 grams of butter and 220 grams of sugar together in a large bowl.
Add 4 eggs one by one, mixing well after each addition.
Add flour, almonds, baking powder and vanilla
Fold in 170 grams of flour, 50 grams of ground almonds, 1 teaspoon of baking powder and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract and mix until just combined.
Apricot and almond tray bake
This easy tray bake cake recipe is perfect teamed up with a cup of afternoon tea.
A quick and easy tray bake cake - place all the ingredients (bar the fruit) into a freestanding mixer and mix.
When combined just stir in the chopped, dried apricots and then spoon into you baking tin. Sprinkle on the almonds and then into the oven it goes.
This perfect with a cup of afternoon tea.
(9oz) butter at room temperature, cut into cubes
2 level tsp baking powder
Finely grated zest of 1 orange and 2 tbsp juice
medium eggs, lightly beaten
(8oz) ready-to-eat dried apricots, roughly chopped
Preheat the oven to 180°C (160°C fan) mark 4.
Grease and baseline a 20.5x33cm (8x13in) roasting tin.
Put butter, sugar, flour, baking powder, orange zest, ground almonds and eggs into the bowl of a large freestanding mixer.
Cover the bowl with a clean tea-towel to stop the flour shooting everywhere and mix with the K beater attachment on a low setting for 30sec, then increase the speed and mix for 1min until thoroughly combined.
Remove the bowl from the mixer. Fold in the dried apricots with a large metal spoon.
Spoon into the roasting tin, then smooth the surface of the mixture with a palette knife
Sprinkle flaked almonds over the top.
Bake for 30-40min or until risen and golden brown. It's ready when a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.
Berry, lemon & almond traybake
I got a little star struck at the weekend. I was at the BBC Bakes and Cakes Show and had access to the green room. This is the room where the folks doing the demos (some admittedly more celeb than others – from Mary Berry to Mich Turner to well, ahem, me).
Now in cake shows past I haven’t bothered going into this room. I’ve always felt like a pretender a bit of a fool. I had this suspicion the security guards might sling me out by my ear or laugh when I produced my VIP pass.
This time I did it. I found the green room. I went in, I tried to look like I knew what I was doing. I made a coffee, took a handful of unsalted nuts and sat on a comfy sofa. I managed to say something friendly to the lady who does the signing for the live shows (she was VERY nice) and I smiled at Mich Turner though I don’t think she saw me. I struck up a conversation with the lovely Masterchef finalist Dr Tim Kinnaird who now very successfully makes macarons for a living. Eric Lanlard was smiley and friendly, my friend Jo Wheatley was there, popping in and out. John Whaite too and his entourage (okay his partner and pals from oop north, but he did look like he had a full staff). And Lisa Faulkner! We talked about having the same agent and how we really need a Christmas party for everyone to get drunk and gossip at. Mary Berry even came over and said ‘now then little Holly’ and shook my hand. Ah! I was doing so well.
Do you know what (or rather whom) got to me? Do you remember the ginger curly haired lady that Beth Jordache had her lesbian kiss with on Brookside many moons ago? Well she was there (Lisa F is her daughter’s God Mother), her name is Nicola and I was beyond star struck. I managed to mumble something about her daughter’s hair being beautiful and then went bright red. Well done me.
If you’re less of a reader and more of a watcher, there’s a video of this recipe on my youtube channel and also over at Scoff Food.
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- 150g soft butter or margarine
- 150g castor sugar
- 100g self raising flour
- 60g ground almonds
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tbsp milk
- 1 lemon
- 3 large eggs at room temperature
- 150g fresh blueberries
- 150g icing sugar
Preheat the oven to 180°C/Gas 4. Grease and line a 20 x 30cm tray. Beat together the butter, castor sugar, flour, almonds, baking powder, milk, zest of the lemon and eggs until light and creamy looking. This takes about 4 minutes with a mixer.
Pour the mixture into the tray and level with the back of a spoon. Scatter the blueberries over the top. Bake for 20 – 30 minutes until browned, risen and a toothpick comes out of the centre clean. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool on a wire rack.
Once cool mix the juice from the lemon with the icing sugar to make a thin glace icing – you may need more or less icing sugar depending on the size of the lemon and how much juice it yields. Drizzle over the cooled cake, leave to set and serve in slices.
Flourless almond traybake: an Italian classic with an Irish spin
By this time of year, the shocking pink of the early forced rhubarb has mellowed to a reddish green. The rhubarb plants have had some sunshine and are producing sturdy fat stalks. While they might not be as decorative as February’s crop, they are just as tasty and worth snapping up if you find them.
This week, I only had a couple of rhubarb stalks left, so I roasted them and mixed them with apples to make this flourless almond traybake. Rhubarb and apple is a classic combination for good reason. The sweetness of the apples balances out the astringency of the rhubarb without the need to add quite so much sugar.
If rhubarb isn’t your thing or it is difficult to get hold of, this traybake works perfectly well with just apples. In fact you could swap in all manner of different fruits, depending on what you have available.
This traybake contains no flour, using ground almonds for its structure. It is perfect if you need to avoid wheat or gluten, or if there is no flour in the shops, but it is worth making even if you have cupboards full of flour.
The Italians are masters of delicious cakes made with ground almonds, often flavoured with lemon or orange. If you added melted chocolate through the cake batter, it would be called a Torta Caprese.
This cake is inspired by the Italian originals, but the rhubarb and apple filling gives it a very Irish spin. However, if you want to swap a cup of tea for a glass of Vin Santo on the side, don’t let me stop you.
Variation: Other fruit, such as tinned apricots, would also be delicious.
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Published: March 11, 2019 at 11:46 am
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Making my own almond milk is a breeze. I love that I can make milk in minutes and that I know exactly what’s in it (just water and almonds, if you’re wondering.) Of course, the left over pulp is a bonus, I’ve been drying the almond pulp out in the oven and milling it into almond meal. Waste not, want not and all that! Of course, the almond meal never lasts long in our house, because I just can’t wait to bake with it!
This slice has to be one of the most delicious by products of my almond milk making. The delicious cakey base is generously topped with bountiful berries, flaked almonds and crumble topping and it’s just the business. This bake is very forgiving, you can use whatever berries you have to hand and it’s freezer friendly too, which is always a bonus.
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