Clementine-Almond Cake

Clementine Almond Cake

This fragrant clementine almond cake demonstrates why almonds and sweet clementines are a match made in pastry heaven. 

Clementine-Almond Cake
Makes 1 (9-inch) cake
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Ingredients
  1. 4 ripe clementines, sectioned
  2. 1 cup (100 grams) pastry flour, divided
  3. 1½ teaspoons (7.5 grams) baking powder
  4. 1 teaspoon (3 grams) kosher salt
  5. 1⅓ cups (267 grams) granulated sugar
  6. 3 tablespoons orange zest
  7. ¾ cup almond paste
  8. 1 cup (227 grams) unsalted butter, softened
  9. ½ vanilla bean, split lengthwise, seeds
  10. scraped and reserved
  11. 6 large eggs
  12. Garnish: Candied Clementines (recipe below)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Line a 9-inch round cake pan with parchment paper, and spray with baking spray with flour.
  2. Arrange clementine sections in an even layer in prepared pan.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together ¾ cup (75 grams) pastry flour, baking powder, and salt. In the work bowl of a food processor, pulse together sugar, zest, almond paste, and remaining ¼ cup (25 grams) pastry flour until well combined, 3 to 4 minutes. With processor running, add butter, 1 tablespoon (14 grams) at a time. Add vanilla bean seeds. Process until mixture is smooth, 3 to 4 minutes. With processor running, add eggs, one at a time. Gradually add flour mixture, pulsing until combined. Pour batter over clementines.
  4. Bake until golden brown and a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean, 50 minutes to 1 hour. Let cool in pan for 5 minutes. Run a knife around edges of pan to loosen before inverting onto a wire rack to let cool completely. To serve, invert cake onto a serving platter. Garnish with Candied Clementines, if desired.
Notes
  1. For a citrus on both the top and bottom of the cake (pictured), invert cooled cake onto plate clementine-side down before garnishing with candied clementines.
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Candied Clementine’s
Makes enough for 1 (9-inch) cake
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Ingredients
  1. 6 clementines, cut into ⅛-inch thick rounds
  2. 1 cup (200 grams) granulated sugar
  3. 1 cup water
Instructions
  1. In a large skillet, bring sugar and 1 cup water to a boil over medium-high heat. Let boil for 5 minutes; reduce heat to low. Add sliced clementines to syrup in a single layer, and continue to simmer for 20 minutes.
  2. With a slotted spoon, remove clementines from pan, and let dry on a wire rack until ready to use, about 10 minutes.
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Read the whole article in Bake From Scratch Winter 2016.

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4 COMMENTS

  1. What do you mean by “cut clementines into segments” do you mean into supremes or cut into quarters or eighths? Or just pull apart into individual segments naturally? Thx

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