Monday, March 16, 2009

An Irish Teatime Cake


At gift shops and tea rooms in both the U.S. and the U.K., I have seen these little rectangular recipe booklets from J. Salmon Ltd. in Kent. Because I did not have an Irish edition, I ordered this one from a seller on Amazon.com. "Irish Teatime Recipes: Traditional Cakes from The Emerald Isle" has 34 recipes for cakes, shortbread, scones and other goodies. I'm ready to start celebrating St. Patrick's Day, so yesterday I tried this recipe for Almond Cake. I tweaked the recipe a bit and converted some measurements, so here's how I made it.


Almond Cake

1-1/2 sticks butter or margarine, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3 large eggs, beaten
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4-1/3 cup sliced almonds, pulsed in the food processor
1/4 teaspoon almond flavoring

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cream butter and sugar, then add beaten eggs one at a time, blending well after each addition. Add flour and baking powder and blend. Add almonds and almond flavoring and mix just until combined. Pour mixture into an 8-inch-square glass baking dish lined with parchment paper (or sprayed with cooking spray; I did both and it was overkill!). Bake for 20-25 minutes until slightly browned and a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool on a wire rack before cutting into slices. Makes a very moist, spongey cake with a nice little crunch from the ground almonds.

According to this book, "Almonds provided a flavouring that was especially popular in the 18th and 19th centuries." I like the flavor of almonds myself, so to go with my Sunday afternoon treat I had some of Upton Tea Company's Sweet Almond Green Tea. The loose tea is simply loaded with almonds, so it's no wonder this tea has such a great almond flavor!

8 comments:

parTea lady said...

The cake looks delicious and I have never tried a tea blended with sliced almonds - sounds interesting. Thanks for the recipe.

Carol said...

That cake looks GOOD! Thanks so much for posting the recipe. I don't have the tea booklet for Ireland, but I do have the one for Scotland, and have made a few of the recipes in it. But this almond cake recipe you listed sounds easy enough that I think I will try to make it very soon. The luck o' the Irish to ye! (And to me!)

Steph said...

I have a couple of the others, but not this one. Oooo...I'm on the lookout now!

BTW, my weekend sort of didn't happen as planned, so I didn't get my own tastings started. I hope to soon tho!!

Denise said...

You are holding out on us! How is the cake? I adore almond flavored cakes and cookies . . . so how is it????

Please do tell,
Denise

Angela McRae said...

Denise, I liked this soooo much, it is definitely going on the menu for future teas. It's a very light and airy cake, super quick and easy to make, and of course I love the almonds. You can also glaze it, the recipe said, and with some glaze and sliced almonds I think this could really be prettied up!

irielle said...

Mmm, that cake sounds good. Thank you for sharing the recipe with us.

Linda J. said...

I love almond flavored foods. The cake looks delicious! Maybe I'll give the tea a try one of these days.

Anonymous said...

Hello, Angela: what a beautiful looking cake! Thanks for sharing the recipe, Joanie