Flourless Almond Cake Recipe
Flourless Almond Cake
Flavors of Spain
Total time: more than 2 hours

Prep. time: 30 minutes  
Soaking time: Several days 
Baking time: Under 30 minutes

Difficulty: Easy
Chef's Note
For 47 years, Sister Angela has been making this cake at the Convento de la Purisima Concepcion de Penaranda de Duero, near Burgos. Though the recipe does not contain anything extraordinary, the quantity of almonds it contains means that every mouthful contains a burst of milky, sweet flavour. Sister Angela recommends soaking the almonds, blanching the lemon zest and greasing the pan with a little lard to make the cake less dry and more flavourful. Incidentally, in Penaranda, the cakes are baked in a wood oven.

The nuns decorate the cold cake with flowers, made from an icing of beaten egg whites and icing sugar, piped on with a small tip.

For a 33 cm (13") cake

- 250 g / 9 oz. unpeeled almonds
- Thinly grated zest of an orange and lemon
- A walnut-sized piece of lard
- 1 Tbsp. flour
- 6 eggs
- 250 g / 9 oz. powdered sugar
  1. Blanch the almonds the night before making the cake: drop them into boiling water until the skins loosen; plunge into a bowl of cold water and remove the skins.
  2. Let the almonds soak in cold water overnight. The next day, dry them well with a kitchen towel, but do not dry them in the sun or the oven.
  3. Blanch the citrus zests. Grind the almonds in a food processor or using a manual chopper, gradually adding in the zests.
  4. Preheat the oven to 230° C (450° F). Grease a cake pan (either an ordinary pan or a springform pan), approximately 33 cm (13") in diameter and 7 cm (3") deep, with the lard and sprinkle with the flour.
  5. Separate the eggs. Beat the yolks with the sugar and ground almonds in a food processor; beat the whites to stiff peaks, fold them into the yolk mixture and pour the batter into the prepared pan.
  6. Place in the oven, reduce the temperature to 150° C (300° F) and bake for 30 minutes. Check for doneness by poking a skewer into the centre of the cake: if it comes out clean, the cake is done.
  7. Turn out onto a rack and let cool.

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