Monday, September 28, 2009
the best part about the little mba wives club is that i received a free cookbook. this thing is chock full of mouthwatering, tried-and-true, favorite mormon recipes. so you KNOW it's gotta be amazing. so far everything i've cooked from it has been off-the-charts great. my favorite [up until the reason for this post] was honey-cilantro chicken and soba noodles. MMM. i kept going back to the kitchen to sneak pieces of chicken late at night, like it was candy or something.
but anyway. yesterday we went up to slc to have dinner with the in-laws and b's grandma, and i volunteered to bring dessert. i made this almond butter cake, which yes, is quite as good as it sounds, thank you for asking. it even impressed my MIL, who is herself an amazing cook and baker [i totally married into the right family!].
the cookbook was created last year so some of the contributors are no longer in the mba program. heck, even if they were still here, i doubt i'd know them. so anyway, jennifer maner, wherever you are -- thank you from the bottom of my heart for sharing this recipe. it was easy to make and even better to eat.
you know how sometimes calories aren't worth it? [i.e. you order dessert in a restaurant and swallow 1,000 calories even though it doesn't taste that great] THIS cake is worth every bite. it's even worth accidentally eating a whole piece for dinner while you're talking to your mom on the phone, shoving pieces in your mouth without a fork, and then running four miles just to feel slightly less guilty. [yep, that was my night.] so here, blog friends. enjoy the recipe :)
butter almond cake
1 1/2 c. sugar
3/4 c. melted butter
1 tsp. almond extract
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 c. flour
blend sugar with melted butter; beat in eggs. add almond extract + vanilla. add salt + flour. spread batter into a greased 9" round pie pan. sprinkle with granulated sugar and sliced almonds [almonds optional]. bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes; garnish with fresh berries and whipped cream. drool over how delicious it is.