Soo, who like cheesy romantic movies? I'm not at all ashamed to say, I love them. I just finished watching one of my all time favorites, A Walk to Remember! Do you love that one? What's your favorite? Most of them have a common theme, Miss Plain Jane is actually Miss Perfect, and Mr. Perfect realises it halfway through the movie. And though it's been done to death, I still watch every new movie that comes out with a similar theme, and usually end up bawling my eyes out at the end! [Not a pretty sight, I always try to watch such movies alone to save embarassment]
This cake is actually a lot like those movies. Unassuming, simple. You look at it, and go meh. A skim over the ingredient list, and it'll just be bookmarked in your to-try list forever. If it wasn't for the TWD'ers, I would never have been introduced to this cake! They could not stop raving about it, and the other day I decided to try it out. It's a one-bowl recipe, that literally took 5 minutes [I'm not exaggerating] to prepare and put into the oven. And you'll probably have all the ingredients in your kitchen right now. So there should really be nothing stopping you from making this one!
Swedish Visiting Cake
Recipe from Baking From My Home To Yours
Note : Though this recipe calls for a cast-iron skillet, you can also use a pie plate, or even a round cake pan, this cake is not at all fussy.
Also, Dorie posted an apple variation that sounds amazing too.
1 cup [220g] sugar, plus little more for sprinkling
Grated zest from 1 lemon [altenatively, you could use orange zest too]
2 large eggs
¼ tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
½ tsp almond extract [optional]
1 cup [120 g] all-purpose flour
1/2 cup [1 stick / 113 grams] unsalted butter, melted and cooled to room temperature
¼ cup sliced almonds [blanched]
- Preheat oven to 350 F [180 C]. Butter a 9 inch pan, whichever one you decide to use.
- In a large bowl [I used the cake pan itself], rub together the sugar with the zest until it becomes moist and fragrant. Whisk in the eggs one at a time. Whisk in the salt and extracts. Using a rubber spatula, mix in the flour. Now fold in the butter. Transfer to your pan. Sprinkle the sliced almonds on top. If using anything other than a skillet, place that pan on a baking sheet.
- Bake for about 30 mins, until the top is golden brown, and slightly crisp, the inside will remain moist. Serve warm or cooled, for breakfast or for dessert, play with this recipe, it's very open to adaptations!!