Plain and Simple Almond Cake

Last week, my foodie friend, Cheryl, came to visit from Nashville.  She is gluten intolerant and I just bought a bag of almond flour for my pantry.  

To be honest, I wanted the almond flour to start making my own macaron cookies.  You know, these things:

Photo from XTPatisserie

Homemade macarons have been in my sights for a long time.  Sigh...excuse me I while swoon.

Back to the business at hand.  Gluten-free cake recipe and gluten-free friend visiting.  Worlds collide!

The second simple cake recipe in Dorie Greenspan's Baking Chez Moi happens to be a Plain and Simple Almond Cake.

Literally five ingredients.  Six, if you want to dust the finished cake with powdered sugar.


For this recipe, you just have to be a bit gentle with the ingredients.  You fold some egg whites together  with the almond flour and then again into egg yolks.  This is a great cake to dress up, either with the dusting of powdered sugar or Dorie's super smart suggestion.  She slices it in half horizontally and fills it with jam.

Cheryl gave the cake a big gluten-free thumbs up.  It was a great weekend cake for us as we took a small roadtrip to wine country.  Even G, who is not used to gluten-free baked items, loved it.  Although he has requested that the next one I make include the jam.  Some honey.  Some chocolate sauce...

Trying zucchini "noodles" for the first time. Used a trusty Titan tool that my foodie friend Cheryl recommended. Gotta say, I'm impressed.


Brown-Butter-and-Vanilla-Bean Weekend Cake

I finally got my hands on Dorie Greenspan's latest cookbook, Baking Chez Moi!

Dorie Greenspan's Around My French Table has been one of my favorite cookbooks for years now.  The dessert section of that book includes beautiful French pastries you always see in photos or in person at patisseries if you're lucky enough to visit France.  Dreamy sweets like eclairs, floating islands, coeur a la creme.

Greenspan's latest book is all about what the French bake at home, not necessarily the elaborate works of art from the patisseries.  Chapter one is titled Simple Cakes, what the French call weekend cakes or travel cakes.  I love this idea; a simple cake, perhaps one baked in a loaf pan, that can be a sweet go-to snack during the weekend or for a picnic.

I think I might just have to try each recipe!  First up, Brown-Butter-and-Vanilla-Bean Weekend Cake. 


Nutty brown butter.


Brown butter folded into batter.






Simple, yes.  Simply delicious.  A big hit at our house and, yes, by Sunday evening it was gone.


Food Foto Friday

Here's a new feature on the blog.  Food Foto Friday!

Feel share to share your own photos of your favorite dishes this week.  Dishes you're proud of.  Dishes you loved.  Dishes someone else made for you.

Here's a few from my week:


Cobb Salad from Wise Sons Deli.


Frittata with summer vegetables and greens from Serpentine.


Crackling Pork Shoulder with Chinese Spices from Ching's Everyday Easy Chinese.