This week’s recipe was chosen by Nancy of The Dogs Eat the Crumbs on page 197 of Dorie Greenspan’s book Baking: From My Home to Yours. It is called a Swedish Visiting Cake. Being married to a Swede, I automatically asked my husband what it is called in Swedish. No clue. No surprise there, either. LOL. He directed me to our Swedish relatives. Well…I hope they check this blog this week and let me know what the hey it is called in Sweden!
Kidding aside, this cake is so easy to make. I read the comments from other bakers at Tuesdays with Dorie and they all said the same thing. One even suggested a variation with apples which I immediately tried last night. Wow! Two cakes in a little over an hour. I have not finished watching Patricia Cornwell’s made-for-TV movie at Lifetime and my cakes are already done! Dorie’s original recipe called for 1 cup sugar and 1 cup flour. I first made the original recipe and then tweaked it for my “carb and sugar conscious” friends (you know who you are). She also made her cake using a cast iron pan but I don’t have one so I used my Calphalon frying pan and then tried it with my stainless steel one. Both worked perfectly well. Some used a regular pie pan with same success. This cake is truly amazing and so easy to make. My husband had a slice for breakfast and it got his seal of approval. Looks like I will be making this cake more often and probably with different variatons.
Apple Almond Pan Cake (Swedish Visiting Cake with Apples) as adapted from Dorie Greenspan’s recipe
- 1/2 cup agave nectar
- zest of 1 lemon
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 3 drops pure almond extract (optional)
- 3 eggs
- 1 1/2 cup almond flour or ground almonds
- 1 stick unsalted butter, melted and cooled
- 1 apple, peeled, cored and sliced thinly (or however thick you want)
- 2 tbs sliced almonds (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- In a bowl, combine agave nectar, lemon zest, vanilla extract, almond extract (if using) and eggs. Whisk until well combined.
- Add almond flour and stir using a rubber spatula. Add melted butter, stir and then pour onto a 9-inch frying pan or cast iron pan or pie plate (well greased). Top with slices of apples and/or sliced almonds.
- Bake for 30 minutes until set or top is lightly brown. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Notes: Can stay at room temperature for 5 days or frozen up to two months.