a really simple, less than 10 ingredient cake
that is extremely delicious and moist
After some pretty devastating news last week -- my four-legged partner in crime Boston died from an erlichia infection -- I decided that it was high time for a pick-me-upper. Which is why tonight was a bake day.
I decided on a really simple, no-fuss recipe drawing inspiration from my Spanish roots. Thus the Torta de Santiago-- which is a Galician local dessert translated as "Cake of St. James" and served along the Camino de Santiago. The torta doesn't need much to make but is really delicious in flavor using very aromatic ingredients such as lemon zest, cinnamon and almonds. However, almonds aren't so readily available here in Legazpi and are quite expensive. Which is why I decided to substitute this with the indigenous and equally famous nut -- the pili.
250g blanched almonds (I used roasted pili instead)
melted butter to grease pan
1 lemon rind grated finely
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1 c granulated sugar
Icing sugar to dust
Because I used roasted pili my torta is dark brown in color when the original is quite light. But in taste they are identical! The cake's texture is quite moist and light. Hubby says this is actually a very healthy cake utilizing ingredients that are high in protein but low in cholesterol. There isn't actually that much sugar in it as well.
So give in to your not-so-guilty pleasure and bake this simple cake!
sorry to be M.I.A. but I'm back with a vengeance
September has been quite a busy blur for me which is why you didn't hear a peep on this blog. I didn't have much access to internet during the entire month or time to really sit down and organize my thoughts. But that's in the past -- October is here and I'm all for starting on a clean slate.
The onset of the "~Ber" months here in the Philippines means it's Christmas season. Even before my blog hiatus I had already begun to hear the carols and see the decorations being set up all over the place. Christmas here is the longest celebrated in the world ending on the first Sunday of January or the Feast of the Three Kings. It is also one of the Filipino's best holidays -- endless parties, food, gift giving etc.
For me it is also Wedding Season. A lot of my friends have scheduled their weddings during the holidays for various reasons but primary of which would probably be because all the family is home so why not add another big PARTY to the numerous festivities already in store?
This would also bring me to my newest project. A friend, despite me saying that I have never done this before, has asked me to be her wedding invite calligrapher. No, not the entire suite -- I am not that greedy or ambitious. But just the addressing of her envelopes.
Truth be told I AM NERVOUS! I have a window of about 2 weeks to address 370 envelopes and not much experience in doing so. (None at all in fact!) But despite telling her so, she pushed on with her request.
This is why I have spent the past sleepless nights (hence the photo above) writing in script made up names using MAJUSCULES (a fancy way of saying "capital letters") in formal flourishing. Personally I prefer the comfortability and ease of minuscules (or small letters) which is why this is my go-to for practice calligraphy. There is no fuss and it's very hard to make a mistake. However I am finding out that with capital letters you gotta be more precise and sure of each stroke. Did I also mention that there are numerous ways to write letter "M", "D", etc??
As of the moment the letters I find hardest to write is "E" and "D". The loops and curves of these letters escape me and I end up with a lopsided mess. With this in mind, I have a couple of days left before the blank ivory envelopes and guest list arrive. Gotta keep practicing!
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