I basically start thinking about Friday on Sunday because basically Sunday means my weekend is over. Monday is too early in the week to start drinking wine and by Wednesday I am at the point where I am done wearing pants. I find that with two small children the weekdays are almost more than I can handle. And if I can successfully shower every day without a major disruption, I feel like I have really accomplished something. I’m not sure if all parents feel this way but I’m at the point where I just really need my kids to be in college. I always told myself that I would never alter my personality for my kids but lately my 2-year-old thinks yelling: “Fucking Shit” is wonderful so, I guess some things just have to go. Anyways, enough about them.
For some reason, baking this weekend is just calling to me. I feel like I need to go and purchase large amounts of butter, flour and vanilla and just create. I feel like baking, when recreational, is really calming, especially when the end result is how I imagine. I love putting on an apron, chef style, playing some music and letting my kitchen whisper to me the things I need to make happen. It’s a magical thing you know, putting a powerful woman in a kitchen with all the right tools. We can move mountains. It’s beautiful. Some may say that it’s sexist to say things like that, but I don’t give a shit, men can’t do what women do. We make it look easy. With our hair did and our flashy smiles. It’s just a different sort of thing.
If I had a bakery of my own, it would be all about the vagina. There would be Julia Child quotes written on the windows with giant portraits of her doing everyday things adorning the walls, there would be cake stands scattered with stacked treats and we would play the music of Paris all day long, swaying our hips in just the right way. And of course, there would be a pair of running shoes with an Open & Close sign on each sole.
Obviously I am feeling whimsical today.
Now, for a recipe.
This cake is great for gatherings. It’s easy to make, tastes delicious and goes great with coffee. I make it often, serving it with home-made whipped cream and strawberries that have been soaking in Grand Marnier.
torta di mandorle
1 & 1/3 cup almond flour
1 tsp. almond extract
1 cup unsalted butter (melted and cooled)
4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup granulated sugar
Grated peel of 1 lemon
3 eggs, beaten
3 tablespoons Amaretto liqueur
1 tsp. cream of tarter
1 tsp. baking soda
3/4 cup milk
confectioner’s sugar for dusting
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
2. Grease and flour a pan (I use a 9 inch round pan, you can use whatever you like)
3. Beat all the wet ingredients together.
4. Sift all the dry ingredients together.
5. Combine and add the lemon peel, make sure all the ingredients are well mixed.
6. Place in your pan and bake.
7. Takes about one hour or until the toothpick inserted into your cake comes out clean.
Serve with vanilla ice cream while warm or any other accompaniment of your choosing.