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Apricot Almond Cake

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Clock Icon for Prep Time 20 min prep
Person Icon for Serving Size 12 servings
Carrot Icon for Number of Ingredients Size 11 ingredients

I love the tartness of apricots. This wonderful Apricot Almond Cake is made with canned apricot halves, a delicious way to use this my favorite fruit year round. A sprinkling of orange flower water...


Ingredients


  • 8 tablespoons butter at room temperature, plus 1 tablespoon butter for pan
  • ⅓ cup fine brown sugar, plus 1 tablespoon for pan
  • 1 (14-ounce) can apricot halves, drained, syrup reserved
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • ¼ teaspoon orange flower water (optional)
  • ½ cup whole wheat pastry flour (see Ann’s Tip)
  • ½ cup almond flour
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons milk, as needed
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sliced almonds, for garnish

Nutrition Facts

Calories

152 cals

Fat

11 g

Saturated Fat

5 g

Polyunsaturated Fat

1 g

Monounsaturated Fat

2 g

Carbohydrates

12 g

Sugar

7 g

Fiber

2 g

Protein

3 g

Sodium

125 mg

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Grease the skillet or cake pan with butter and liberally smear the bottom with the extra tablespoon of butter. Sprinkle with the extra tablespoon of sugar. Arrange the drained apricots in the pan, cut side up, neatly and tightly in a single layer, reserving any leftovers or discarded broken fruits. Set aside while you make the batter.
  3. Put the softened butter, sugar, eggs and orange water, if using, into a large mixing bowl. Sift the whole wheat pastry flour, almond flour, salt and baking powder over it. Beat together with an electric whisk until well blended. If the mixture seems stiff, add a tablespoon of milk or a little of the reserved apricot syrup to bring it to dropping consistency -- where a small amount of the batter will fall off a spoon if gently shaken.
  4. Spoon the batter gently over the apricots with a spatula and smooth to cover them. Bake on a middle shelf for about 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  5. While the cake is baking, take an immersion blender and liquidize any discarded apricots with the reserved syrup. Add a few drops of orange flower water, if desired. Pour into a small saucepan and gently simmer until the syrup thickens by about a third. Set aside in a jug.
  6. Let the cake sit for 5 minutes. Run a knife round the edges to loosen it, then set a plate over the top and turn the whole thing upside down. Tap all over the bottom of the skillet and lift it off the cake. You will have a cake with caramelized apricot topping sitting on the plate. Sprinkle with toasted almonds. Serve warm with the reserved sauce, and for extra richness, a dollop of marscarpone or Greek yogurt.

Chef Tips

If you cannot find whole wheat pastry flour then substitute half whole wheat flour and half all-purpose flour. Just swapping in whole wheat flour will result in a drier and grittier cake.

Eat all sweet, sugary treats in moderation. A little bit of what you like does you good, but don’t overdo it!

Registered Dietitian Approved

All our recipes are created by chefs and reviewed by our oncology-trained staff Registered Dietitian, Kate Ueland, MS, RD, to ensure that each is backed with scientific evidence and meets the standards set by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.



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