Friday, 10 June 2011

Cake O`Clock

The other day I was over at Alicia`s Posie Gets Cozy and she was writing about a `yummy yummy yummy cake` that her mother in law makes and brings with her when she visits. It is made in a special pan called a rehrucken cake pan available from Pipkas of Door County. The rehrucken pan is a long ridged loaf tin, which comes with a recipe for Scandinavian Almond Cake - the cake made by Alicia`s mother in law.

Any thing called yummy three times has to be tried no? 

So yesterday I made it and it turned out beautifully. I used a standard loaf tin and as it was shorter and fatter than a rehrucken pan it took about 5 minutes longer in my oven. The basic recipe calls for almond essence but instead I added the zest of 1 lemon. Z helped in scattering the almonds on top of the batter and when it was toasty and golden brown, a light dusting of icing sugar (confectioner`s sugar) was all that was needed.

Now that I know what a stick of butter is (about 100 gr) I`m a huge convert to the American system of cups - much less fiddly than using scales that may or may not be accurate.

Here`s the recipe
Beat well: 1 ¼ cup sugar, 1 egg, 1 ½ tsp pure almond extract, 2/3 cup milk
Mix in:    1 ½ cup flour, 1/2 tsp baking powder
Slowly add:     1 stick melted butter
*Butter and flour Rehrucken pan.
*Pour batter into Rehrucken pan. Sprinkle with sliced almonds (optional).
*Bake at 350o for 38-42 minutes until golden brown.
*Cool in pan for 6-8 minutes.
*Invert cake onto cooling rack.
*Sprinkle with confectioner’s sugar before serving.

You might want to add chocolate chips to the batter or a lemon drizzle (a cup of icing sugar and a tablespoon of lemon juice mixed together) once it`s cooked.

It`s the kind of cake you can share with friends but really it`s a family cake.  One just to have around.  For that cup of tea late afternoon.

5 comments: said...

I love all things called Yummy or ALmond Cake or heck...all things called cake. I am making this as soon as I can get to the store to buy almonds. As you can see by the hour...I am not sleeping well tonight and will have to wait to later this morning to get to the store.

Canadian Abroad said...

I love almonds. Think I will have to try this one next week. Thanks for the recipe.

sew katie did said...

This is one of my favorite cakes ever and we make it a load here.

I'll bookmark this one.

my4lilgirls said...

This would go down so well in my house, we are all almond freaks, yuuuuuuuuummmmmmmmmmm! Def trying it tomorrow cause it just looks so good. Thank for the recipe
Karen :)

Helen in Switzerland said...

yum! That looks really delicious!!