Things I Like:
The moment of just beginning to make fresh pasta.
Homemade cheese. With some homemade pesto mixed in.
Complaining about how long it takes to make fresh pasta.
Perfectly sliced vegetables.
Assembling a lasagne.
Perfect little cherry almond cakes.
With ice cream on top.
My friends coming over to eat dinner with me. But I didn’t take a picture of that. Because that would be lame.
But you know who you are.
Cherry Frangipane Cake
12 oz almond paste, room temperature
2 tbsp sugar
6 oz butter, room temperature
4 eggs, room temperature
6 tbsp flour
4 tsp baking powder
As many cherries as you like, pitted
- Heat oven to 350.
- Butter 10” tart tin.
- Mix together flour and baking powder.
- Place almond paste into mixer and beat until smooth, 1-2 minutes. It is really important that there not be any chunks, once you start adding other ingredients, it’s impossible to get the chunks out. On the flip side, don’t overmix or it will get oily.
- Add butter and continue mixing until well blended, about 1 minute.
- Add sugar and continue mixing for for 30 seconds.
- Slowly stream in eggs, continue mixing until smooth, about 1 minute.
- Turn mixer speed to low and mix in flour and baking powder.
- Spread into tart tin. You want to have batter about 3/4″ deep in pan, So you won’t use all of the batter. You can save the rest in the fridge for about 2 weeks, or in the freezer for 2 months.
- Top with cherries, pressing them down so that they’re halfway sunk into the batter.
- Bake until done, around 30 minutes.
- Cool in pan on rack for 30 minutes before unmolding. It’s a delicate cake, so be gentle…
- Sprinkle with some powdered sugar and serve with some whipped cream or ice cream.