I always make this for my brother-n-law Vince when he visits. Its great to have on the counter when you have house guests. You can serve this as a dessert or in the morning with coffee or tea.
If you are serving as dessert don’t forget to add a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream.
The cake is in the oven as I am writing this, it smells divine, almost as good as it tastes!!
- ½ cup Almond Meal or 1/2 cup whole almonds toasted
- ¼ cup sliced almonds, toasted
- ¼ cup pine nuts toasted
- 1/4 cup pine nuts
- 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 4 large eggs
- 1 ¼ cups granulated sugar
- 1 ½ sticks butter, melted (12 tablespoons)
- ⅓ cup milk
- ¼ teaspoon almond extract
- ½ cup dried apricots, chopped (about 15 whole)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 9″ cake pan with Pam Baking spray or butter and dust with flour.
Melt butter in microwave, about one minute. Let cool completely before adding to mixer.
Toast sliced Almonds and 1/4 cup of pine nuts.
Grind pine nuts in food processor. (Grind whole Almonds if not using Almond Meal)
Combine flour, almond meal, ground pine nuts, baking powder and salt in a bowl.
In an electric mixer blend eggs and sugar until golden color forms.
Add milk, butter and almond extract.
Add diced Apricots and then dry ingredients.
Pour batter into prepared pan and top with almond slices and 1/4 cup of pine nuts.
Bake for 50-55 minutes, golden brown and cake tester comes out clean.
Let cool for 30 minutes and dust with Powdered Sugar.