This year we planted a bunch of different veggie plants in the backyard patch. For some reason, the eggplantplant would flower, and then wither away. I didn't see anything for the longest time. Then, there was a little eggplant that came. But the squirrels took it away. Yes, the ones that live in our neighborhood are vicious and not scared at all. Our friends can vouch for us. They've seen them go for the veggies when we are in the backyard!
I now have some carrots in the ground. What about you? Did you plant something this summer? Maybe you have a window garden? What's growing in there?
Coming back to the recipe, I first made this cake in February when it was snowing outside. I wanted to make my orange and almond flour cake. But I didn't have any oranges. It was dark, freezing and we were hosting a mini party to celebrate Aswin's tenure in the evening.
So I experimented with the cardamom and a simple almond flour cake. I beat in the egg white to make it light. It turned out good.
That evening, we ordered in some takeout, had some munchies, some soup and this cake. I have made it again since then, but I just never get around to taking a decent picture. By the time I think about it, the cake is gone.
But I shall persevere and I hope to have a good picture soon.
The flavor is delicate, flaky and the toasty, fragrant smell of cardamom coming later, but it lingers.
1 1/2 cups almond flour
3/4 cup sugar (i used the brown sugar I had at home)
1/2 tspoon cardamom powder (fresh ground)
1 tspoon baking powder
3 eggs separated
Pinch of salt
Powdered sugar for decorating
Heat the oven to 350deg F. Mix the Baking powder and cardamom flour with the almond flour. Keep aside.
Separate the eggs and beat the egg white till it is fluffy.
Mix the egg yolks with the sugar, 1/4 cup at a time till it is mixed in. Now add the almond flour slowly to that mix. Once it's done, add the egg whites in. Take it in big scoops. Avoid excessive mixing, rather try to fold it in.
Once it's all mixed in, pour it in a buttered, and floured pan, cook for 40 minutes till the toothpick comes out clean.
Let it cool and serve with powdered sugar.