These festive -- and flourless -- little loaves are made with ground almonds for a nutty, slightly sweet flavor. Cooking the cranberries with cane sugar tempers their pucker and renders them nice and syrupy.



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Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Brush four 3-by-6-inch loaf pans with butter; set aside. In a small saucepan, cook cranberries and 2 tablespoon sugar over medium heat, stirring, until cranberries begin to pop, about 6 minutes. Pour among pans, evenly covering bottoms with cranberries.

  • In a small bowl, whisk together almonds, baking soda, and salt. In a medium bowl, beat butter and remaining sugar until pale and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each, and vanilla. Add almond mixture and stir until combined.

  • Pour batter over cranberries into pans and gently smooth tops with an offset spatula. Place pans on a rimmed baking sheet and bake until loaves are golden brown and a tester inserted into centers comes out clean, about 30 minutes. Let cool slightly, then run an offset spatula around the edges of the pans and invert cakes onto a wire rack, cranberry side up.

Cook's Notes

Cakes are best given the day they're made.

Reviews (1)

9 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 2
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  • 3 star values: 2
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  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: Unrated
I made this exactly as the recipe stated. My friends and I thought it was bland and coarse. I wish I would have added some extract tot the batter. I expected the cranberries to crystalize a bit in the bottom of the pans but it didn't . Good thing was it wasn't overly sweet.