Cake Almond Cake from Albufeira, Portugal

posted by Marlen 08-17-101 5:44 PM

Almond Cake from Albufeira, Portugal

1 cup all purpose flour
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 ts baking powder
1/2 ts baking soda
1/4 ts salt
1 egg
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/2 ts vanilla extract
1/3 c melted butter cooled to room temperature
2/3 cup sliced almonds
Hot Almond Syrup (recipe follows)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.

Beat egg, buttermilk and vanilla extract together until smooth. Stir in melted butter. Add flour mixture and mix with spoon until nearly smooth. Turn into a buttered 9" springform pan. Bake until center of cake springs back when lightly touched, about 35 minutes. Remove from oven.

While is hot, cover top with sliced almonds. Slowly pour Hot Almond Syrup even over, letting syrup soak into cake. Broil about 6" from heat until almonds are lightly toasted. Cool on rack 15 minutes. Using knife or spatula, loosen sides between pan and cake, then cool completely before releasing springform pan.

Hot Almond Syrup:
3/4 cup granulated sugar
6 Tbs water
1/2 ts almond extract

In 1-qt saucepan combine sugar and water. Boil until mixture reaches 220* F on candy thermometer*. Remove from heat and stir I almond extract.

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