You would think from the lack of posting I’ve done in the past few weeks that I’m also not really doing any cooking or baking to speak of. You would almost be right.
TWD: Swedish Visiting Cake
I actually have been doing some of both, though perhaps not back at my usual pace and full speed ahead yet, but what I have really lacked is the time to have two free hands to write any posts or upload any pictures. Hopefully later this week I will have a chance to catch up because I have several things I want to tell you about and the lack of writing is really beginning to irk me – mainly since I think it is probably just due to mismanagement of time (or just complete lack of time I guess) on my part. Seriously, aren’t there supposed to be 48 hours in a day?! Maybe it’s just me. 😉
Tuesdays with Dorie for this week, which I absolutely couldn’t miss, hosted by the lovely and so dear Nancy at The Dogs Eat the Crumbs, was for the Swedish Visiting Cake. This cake couldn’t be more delightful or easy to make. I think, if I’m remembering how I put it together anyway, that it involved a bowl, a whisk, a spatula and a baking dish (I went the cast iron skillet route in this case), plus some measuring cups and spoons. While that may sound like a lot, at the bottom of it what that all means to me is that this is a no machine, one bowl kind of dessert. Which is a beautiful thing, especially with three kiddos at our house now. Needless to say, with a new baby around, simplicity has been the key to our current attempts at sanity.
Overall, this is a simple, easy and fun cake to make. It requires the minimum amount of fuss, mess, cleanup, etc.. It also has an absolutely lovely combination of flavors balanced with lemon, almond, vanilla and butter. The cake bakes up moist and delicious with a nice sugary crunch on top from the almonds. A definite keeper.
It would be fun to make this cake again using another citrus, orange or I’m even thinking about tangerine sometime. However, someone mentioned a similar cake in the P&Q that has baked apples in it. That basically got me thinking about trying a version with peaches. I imagine it would be a lot like a delicious cobbler / cake with lots of extra ‘crust’ topping, which I would love. When I get around to it, hopefully soon, I will definitely share the results with you all.
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