All of this vitamin D is making me so happy that the days are getting longer and we were able to enjoy Sunday breakfast this morning with the sun on our cheeks, coffee in hand, and piles of runny eggs and prosciutto.
I've been doing a little bit of "Spring Cleaning" too - slugging down green smoothies, tidying up our little apartment, and separating myself from a lot of spam both in my life and my inbox.
All of a sudden I caught myself straightening up my desk top, organizing my calendar, and getting up to speed on my work emails. It's amazing what that sense of cleanliness will do to you.
With the windows open, my head decluttered, and the birds finally chirping in the trees, I started peeling some pears and whipping up this almond cake. Literally the perfect setting to a Sunday afternoon.
So grab a cup of coffee, turn up your radio and throw the blinds open. Enjoy this day and some good food.
Makes 1 9x9 inch cake
4 ripe pears (3 cut in small cubes for the batter, one sliced in thin 1/4" pieces for the top)
3 1/4 cups almond meal
1 3/4 cup granulated sugar (and 3 extra teaspoons for the pears)
1 tablespoon white vinegar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
8 large eggs
1 teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Prepare a springform pan or cake pan with cooking spray, and cutting out a piece of parchment paper to place on the bottom
1. In a large saucepan over low/medium heat, cook down the cubed pears, cover them in sugar, and drizzle with the tablespoon of vinegar. Allow them to soften. Dispose of the excess liquid, and mash the pears. Remove from the burner to cool for 10 minutes while working on the rest of the batter.
2. In a large bowl using a handheld or stand mixer, combine the rest of the sugar, the almond meal, vanilla, and the eggs, one at a time so the batter thickens to it's full potential. Pour in the cooled pears and fold until evenly distributed. Pour into the cake pan and arrange the thin pieces of pear in a pin wheel shape, or however you desire. Bake for 60 minutes. If the top starts to brown before the cake thickens and sets, cover with foil and bake until you can cleanly remove a knife.