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Almond Cake
Italian
Dessert
1.5 hours
Sweet
Easy
Serves
8

Russell Norman's beautifully simple almond cake recipe is inspired by the sweet treats found in his favourite Venetian bakery: "My favourite cake shop is Rizzardini near Campo San Polo, run by Paolo and his daughter Marta. The pastries are super, but I tend to go for the little cakes. They have an almond slice I particularly like. Here’s my rather more homely version, perfect with a milky coffee as a morning treat."

This recipe was taken from Venice by Russell Norman, published by Fig Tree.

Recipe courtesy of
Ingredients
  • butter for greasing
  • 4 medium eggs
  • 150g caster sugar 
  • 160g ground almonds
  • 40g potato flour
  • 1 lemon, juiced and zested
  • 25ml amaretto
  • 1 large handful of sliced almonds
Method
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Method
  1. Grease a 20cm springform cake tin with butter and preheat the oven to 180C/gas mark 4.
  2. Separate the eggs, placing the yolks in a very large mixing bowl and the whites in a medium bowl. Add the caster sugar to the yolks and beat until pale and smooth. Now gradually incorporate the ground almonds and flour, the lemon zest, lemon juice and amaretto, beating to create a thick, consistent mixture.
  3. Take the bowl of egg whites and whisk them enthusiastically into stiff, fluffy peaks. Now, carefully fold them into the almond mixture and incorporate well. Transfer the mixture into the greased cake tin, evenly scatter the sliced almonds, and place in the oven for 40 to 45 minutes. Test for doneness by pushing a steel skewer into the centre of the cake – it should come out dry. Allow the cake to cool for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire cake rack. Serve warm with a handful of fresh raspberries as a dessert or with an espresso for a mid-morning indulgence.

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