Almond Cakes with Fresh Fruit

If you prefer, bake this cake in a 9-inch cake pan for 45 minutes.

  • Yield: Serves 4
Almond Cakes with Fresh Fruit

Photography: James Merrell

Source: Martha Stewart Living, July/August 1997

Ingredients

  • 2 cups assorted summer fruit, such as strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, peaches, and figs

For the Batter

  • 18 tablespoons (2 1/4 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice, plus zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup finely ground blanched almonds (1 ounce)

For the Garnish

  • Confectioners' sugar, for dusting
  • 4 sprigs mint, optional

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 325 degrees. Butter eight 3 1/2-by-1 1/2-inch brioche molds; set aside. In electric mixer, combine butter and 3/4 cup granulated sugar; beat on medium until fluffy, about 5 minutes. Beat in whole egg and yolks until combined. Beat in lemon zest and vanilla until combined.

  2. Add flour and almonds; combine. Spoon batter into prepared molds, banging bottoms to compact batter. Bake 20 to 25 minutes. Reduce heat to 300 degrees; bake until golden, 5 to 10 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack.

  3. Slice fruit into bite-size pieces, and toss with remaining 2 tablespoons granulated sugar and lemon juice. Let fruit stand 5 to 10 minutes. Dust cakes with confectioners' sugar. Serve with fruit, and garnish with mint.

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