Saturday, 30 May 2015

Almond Tea Cake

Moist and delicious Tea time cake with ground almonds, Yogurt and topped with flaked almonds for a nice crunch. Perfect for afternoon Tea !



50 Grams Ground Almonds
3/4 Cup of All Purpose Flour
1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda
a big pinch of salt
1/2 Cup Unsalted butter at room temperature
1/2 Cup Castor Sugar
2 large eggs
½ Teaspoon Almond Extract
1/3 Cup Milk at room temperature

1/3 Cup Plain Natural Yogurt / Curd
For the Topping

1/4 Cup flaked and toasted almonds


1. Preheat the oven to 180 C. Grease and line a loaf pan and set aside
2. In a food processor, add 50 grams of almonds and pulse it couple of times until it is coarse powder. Do not over grind; over grinding almonds will result in oily almond paste. Coal is to pulse almonds j5 or 6 times just until they are powdered
3. In a large mixing bowl, add all purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Mix everything
4. In a separate bowl, cream sugar and butter together until its creamy, smooth and white. I used a hand mixer to whip. You can use stand mixer or just a whisk
5. Then add one egg at a time and beat until it is mixed well in the sugar butter mixture
6. Add almond extract and beat once
7. Then add yogurt and beat it until the yogurt is incorporated in the mixture
8. Add flour mixture we prepared at step number 3 in 3 additions alternating with milk. And beat until the flour is mixed well in the wet ingredients
9. Finally fold in ground almonds ( from step number 2) in the cake batter
10. Pour the batter in the greased loaf pan and tap gently. Place flaked almonds all over the top of the cake batter
11. Bake at 180 C / 350 C for 35 to 40 minutes or until the skewer inserted comes out clean. Keep an eye after 25 minutes of baking. This cake tends to brown too quickly after 25 minutes. You might need to cover the top with aluminium foil after 25 minutes of baking to avoid burning at the top
12. Once out of the oven, cool slightly in the pan for 10 minutes. Then transfer it to a wire rack and cool completely
13. Slice the cake and top it with icing sugar and serve with Tea / Coffee

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