Summer recipe: delicious flourless almond and basil cake

recipe idea

Almond Basil Cake |  © Nick Hopper

Surprise with new flavours: almond and basil cake with lemon glaze.

© Nick Hopper

It’s not just Italian cuisine that calls for fresh basil. He is also the ideal sparring partner for an almond cake. Sounds unusual at first – but tastes damn good.

For 2 – 3 servings (about 8 pieces of cake)

  • 75ml extra virgin olive oil + extra for spreading

  • 280 g ground almonds

  • 100 g tapioca starch

  • ½ tsp baking powder

  • 1 pinch of sea salt

  • 1 handful fresh basil leaves, torn + more for garnish (optional)

  • 150 g jaggery or maple syrup

  • 60 ml lemon juice

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

  • 3 eggs

  • Finely grated rind of 1 large organic lemon

For the shine

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C (160°C for a fan oven). Grease the spring form with olive oil.

  2. Mix the almonds, tapioca starch, baking powder and salt in a large bowl. Mix the remaining ingredients in a second bowl. Add to the dry ingredients and mix quickly to form a smooth batter.

  3. Pour the batter into the prepared mold and smooth. Bake in the preheated oven for about 30 minutes. To test, insert a wooden skewer into the center of the dough; no dough should stick to it.

  4. Let the cake cool in the tin. Meanwhile, mix all the ingredients for the glaze in a bowl. Pour over the cake and leave for 30 minutes.

  5. Remove the cake from the tin, lift onto a cake plate and serve.

“East by West – Simply Ayurvedic cuisine for optimal body-mind balance” by Jasmine Hemsley.

Photo: ZS Verlag

The recipe comes from “East by West – Simply Ayurvedic cooking for the optimal body-mind balance” by Jasmine Hemsley (ZS Verlag).

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