Springtime Almond Spongecake
This tender, moist sponge cake can be used in so many ways. Serve it plain with a dusting of powdered sugar. Split it in half and fill with rich chocolate ganache for a special birthday. Or serve it with cream and fresh berries, a perfect way to celebrate a birthday or graduation.
We’re constantly asked for recipes using almond flour in place of wheat flour. Here the almond flour adds a gentle sweetness and tenderizes the eggs, which can make some sponge cakes rubbery. Finely milled almond flour, which is what we make at American Almond Products, ensures a delicate texture in baked goods. Potato flour helps keep the cake moist although corn starch could just as easily be substituted. (Because this cake is gluten-free, it is perfect for anyone with Celiac disease or with an intolerance to gluten.)
We’re hoping to try this recipe with other nut flours such as our Hazelnut or Pistachio Flour. Here is the recipe for our Springtime Almond Sponge.
We flipped through the pages of our family cookbook to come up with two old time recipes this month. A seasonal pie celebrates the arrival of rhubarb in the garden. And its almond-scented crumble adds flavor and texture to a pie that is good enough to serve Mom. And the humble ice box cake gets a lift with hazelnut paste. Who can resist a simple yet delicious party dessert?
FROM OUR RECIPE BOX – Strawberry Rhubarb Pie with Almond Streusel Topping
Strawberry Rhubarb Pie with Almond Streusel
Along with tulips and daffodils, rhubarb is the first thing to pop in many spring gardens. And rhubarb means pie. The classic combination of strawberries and rhubarb makes our mouths water. Our pie sports a crunchy topping with distinct almond notes.
We recommend a mealy piecrust for the bottom of this juicy pie. Mealy crust is made by cutting the fat into the dough until it resembles cornmeal. This crust resists getting soggy as would a crust made from flaky pie dough. The topping is a variation of one we use for fruit crumble or crisp. In fact, you could make this without a bottom crust to be scooped and served in a bowl with ice cream on top.
For the Strawberry Rhubarb Pie with Almond Streusel Topping Recipe, click HERE
FROM OUR RECIPE BOX – Chocolate Mocha Hazelnut Icebox Cake
Chocolate Mocha Hazelnut Icebox Cake
Did your Mom make icebox cake, the kind made with Nabisco Chocolate Wafers and lots of whipped cream? The dark cocoa wafers soften overnight. When sliced, the cake reveals zany striped layers.
If you’re feeling nostalgic and looking for a simple way to use some Love’n Bake Hazelnut Praline, this cake is for you. First you spread a small amount of Hazelnut Praline on each cookie before coating it with the whipped cream. Use as much or as little Hazelnut Praline as you like. A spike of chilled espresso coffee tints the cream giving it a sophisticated mocha flavor. We love the combination of hazelnuts, chocolate and coffee but we think that Love’n Bake Pistachio Paste would work if you sandwich the wafers with plain whipped cream.
For the Chocolate Mocha Hazelnut Icebox Cake recipe, click HERE