Flourless Carrot Cake, Cream Cheese Icing and Marzipan Carrots (Gluten Free)

Flourless Carrot Cake, Cream Cheese Icing and Marzipan Carrots (Gluten Free)

Spongecakes made with almond flour are centuries old and especially common in Mediterranean countries. In fact, the inspiration for this flourless carrot cake is a traditional Spanish almond torte. Instead of coarsely ground blanched almonds, we’re using American Almond® Natural Almond flour to give a speckled color and delicate aroma to the batter. With the grated carrots and cinnamon, this cake tastes familiar. But it is much less rich than a typical carrot cake because there is no oil in the batter. And because this cake is not too sweet, it makes the perfect foil for a thick layer of cream cheese frosting and marzipan carrots.

This cake is both tender and moist. Once this cake cools, we recommend that you transfer it to a cake round cut from cardboard. This will make the cake easier to fill and frost.  We thank Ksegal and Faith Kramer of http://www.clickblogappetit.com/ for the Passover substitutions listed at the end of this recipe.

Flourless Carrot Cake, Cream Cheese Icing and Marzipan Carrots (Gluten Free)

Gale Gand’s Almond Ginger Tea Cake

Pastry Chef Gale Gand is full of sweet surprises including her recipe for a moist almond tea cake spiced with ginger. The popular Food Network chef and cookbook author is pairing the cake with Pink Grapefruit Crème Legere, Lychee and Rose Pedals for the Palm Desert Food & Wine Festival’s James Beard Luncheon.  We can’t be there in person, but we can –  in spirit – by following her recipe.

ALMOND-GINGER TEA CAKE

Purim Means Hamantaschen

Apricot, Almond and Cream Cheese Hamantaschen

March 23 brings the Jewish festival of Purim. The food most associated with the celebration is the flaky hamantaschen cookie. Fill the cookies with Love’n Bake® Almond Schmear, apricot jam and cream cheese. Or make them with a dollop or our prune lekvar or poppy seed filling.

  “Kindness, I’ve discovered, is everything in life,” wrote Isaac Bashevis Singer. Anyone that shares these flaky Hamantaschen cookies with friends will be treated kindly.

 Apricot, Almond, Cream Cheese Hamantaschen

 

Slovakian Poppy Seed, Apple and Raisin Bread

Slovakian Poppy Seed Bread slices

Slovakian Poppy Seed, Apple and Raisin Bread

A recent article prompted our rediscovery of some traditional Eastern European pastries such as this Slovakian poppy seed bread. It is distinguished by a generous swirl of poppy seed filling running throughout the sweet dough. Baked in a tube or Bundt pan, the bread makes an impressive centerpiece at a family meal or Easter, when it is traditionally served.

Slovakian Poppy Seed, Apple and Raisin Bread