Cranberries do not belong only at the American Thanksgiving table, pureed into a sauce. In fact, some might argue that they truly shine inside a torte such as this. They’re a tart, muddled surprise inside the sweet cake batter, and provide a lovely punch of color and flavor in a season not associated with either. This torte is well-suited for a tea break with friends, or even (of course) as an sweet breakfast with hot coffee.
Ingredients: (adapted from Tammi Donroe Inman)
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 1/2 cup crushed almonds (optional)
- pinch of salt
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1 cup granulated sugar, plus 2 tablespoons for topping
- 2 large eggs
- 2 drops almond extract
- 1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. If using crushed almonds, stir into mixture. Set aside.
- Cream together the butter and sugar until fluffy.
- Mix in eggs, one at a time. Add almond extract.
- Add the flour mixture and beat on medium speed until just combined.
- Spread the batter in the prepared pan. Arrange the cranberries on top of the batter in a single layer, and sprinkle the top with the remaining two tablespoons of sugar.
- Bake 40 to 45 minutes, or until the top is golden-brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out mostly clean. Let cool and enjoy.
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