Hi there. It’s been a little while. I know but I’m here today and I brought you cake!
I got a friendly email from my Dad the other day letting me know that this space has been more than quiet as of late. What was going to follow the hippie fudge? His curiosity made me smile and I couldn’t believe how quickly this month has gone by. I’ve been giving up screen time lately for walks with our new dog. I won’t gush about it too much for those not interested in canine events but needless to say it’s been a more than pleasant way to spent my time. For a long time it has only been Matt + I and we’ve been happy with that but now it feels like we a building a family and that feels really good too. With that comes more routine, more outdoor time, more love. If you have a pet maybe you know what I ‘m talking about but this new to me love has grabbed a hold of a my heart.
My parents are coming out at the beginning of December and we’ve been trying to get our new place together. Not because I feel the need to impress my parents but because it helps to give yourself a deadline for these kind of things. Matt has built some shelves and we picked up a coffee table today so it feels like a few steps in the right direction. It would be easy to spend a lot of money right now to fully equip our new home but it also feels ridiculous to buy new things when there is so much furniture begin thrown out or donated. I made a promise to myself to bring as many second hand items as possible and it’s impressive what you can find when you take the time to look. It may seem like a small gesture but with the state of our planet right now I figured anything helps.
So I’ve been taking things slow to give myself time to seek out the things we need. As I write that I realize it seems silly because we don’t actually need anything, but I am a homebody and creating a comfortable living space is a luxury I am grateful to afford. A loving husband, a friendly dog and my parents crossing the country to come see us. There really isn’t much to ask for this year.
So thank you for the reminder, Dad. Maybe when you’re out here we can have some tea and a piece of cake after a walk by the river. The pup is really looking forward to meeting you. x
ALMOND PEAR CAKE WITH VANILLA + CARDAMOM
What this cake lacks in simple presentation it makes up for in flavour. I thought about doing a drizzle or a glaze on top but all too often those steps seem over the top. This is the perfect humble slice for an afternoon cup of tea. I haven’t tested it wet but I imagine you could easily make this cake gluten free by replacing the white flour with a gluten free 1 to 1 flour. I’ve had success with Bob Red Mills before. If you try it let me know.
1 cup almond flour
1 cup brown rice flour
1 + 1/4 cup unbleached white flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cardamom
1 cup almond milk
2 large ripe pears, cored, peeled and diced (about 3 cups)
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup maple syrup
1 tablespoon natural vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
Preheat oven to 350 F / 175 C and grease a bundt or cake pan with olive oil.
In a large bowl whisk together almond flour, brown rice flour, white flour, baking powder, baking soda and ground cardamom. Set aside.
Place almond milk, pears, olive oil, maple syrup, vanilla and sea salt in a food processor or blender and blend until smooth (a few chunks of pears is just fine).
Gently fold wet ingredients into dry ingredients. Add the apple cider vinegar and fold again to evenly distribute. Pour batter into cake pan and bake in the oven until the top is light and golden brown and the cake is firm to the touch, about 35-40 minutes in a bundt pan. To test with a toothpick insert the toothpick into the center of the cake, hold for three seconds and then remove. If the toothpick comes out clean the cake is done. Baking times will vary depending on cake pan.
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