This is the second of the two desserts for the team at work. Just now struck me - how the heck am I going to get them to the train, off the train, and over to the Willis ( formerly Sears) Tower without becoming some comedic catastrophe?
Ah well, let's get to it. I've not made this cake since 2003. Adapted from a Williams - Sonoma recipe that originally was in their catalogue
For the cake:
3/4 cup all purpose flour
3/4 cup almond paste
3/4 cup granulated sugar
12 tbs butter (1 1/2 sticks)
3 eggs lightly beaten
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp salt
1/2 tsp orange extract
Zest of one orange
Have ingredients at room temperature
Put rack in lower third of oven, preheat to 325F
Grease and flour baking pan
Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with flat beater, beat almond paste on a low speed until small crumb forms - about a minute
Gradually beat in sugar
Beat in butter 1tbs at a time
Increase speed to medium, beat until fluffy, about 3 minutes
Gradually add eggs, beating well between additions
Beat in orange extract and zest
Reduce speed to low, add flour mixture
Spoon batter into pan, level it out
Bake for 35 minutes, before checking for doneness. This went for 45 minutes.
Cake is done when toothpick inserted into cake comes out clean.
Transfer to a wire rack and cool for 10 minutes, invert onto cake round and cool completely
Sprinkle with powdered sugar, watch the colleagues ooh and ahh!
Until next time, Eat Well and Keep Digging!
The Gastronomic Gardener
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