If you’re an almond lover, then this Gluten Free Almond Tea Bread is for you! Moist and dense, it’s almost like a pound cake, but lightened up!
Some of the best recipes are passed down from generation to generation. We all have them, written on scraps of paper, and old index cards…tattered, yellowed and filled with memories. Most of those recipes, we can make by feel…a handful of this, a heaping spoonful of that. The recipe will vary slightly each time, but the heart of it is always the same.
We were out in the desert again this weekend to celebrate my mom’s birthday. As always, she had something prepared for me to shoot. She has beautiful light in her kitchen and I wish I could capture it in a bottle and take it back to my too-shady house. Once recipe was for Mandelbread, mom got from her friend Martha, who got it from her aunt. We’ve been adapting our favorite recipes using this gluten-free flour mixture.
This recipe for Gluten Free Almond Tea Bread, I found in the October, ’12 issue of Cooking Light. I go weak at the knees for anything with almond paste, so I brought the recipe out to my mom’s to make, hoping we could make it gluten-free. When I woke up yesterday morning…mom had already adapted the recipe and made it! All I had to do was snap a picture…well and sample it…to make sure it was good enough to post…It was! gluten-free flour mix)*
- 1 cup almond flour*
- ½ cup gluten-free flour mix* (or all purpose flour)
- 1½ teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ⅔ cup granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoons butter, softened
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 (7-ounce) package almond paste
- 2 large eggs
- ½ teaspoon almond extract
- ½ cup 2% milk, divided
- ¼ cup sliced, toasted almonds
- ⅓ cup powdered sugar
- 1 tablespoon orange juice
- Dash of salt
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Spoon flour into dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Combine flour, baking powder and salt, stirring well with a whisk. Place granulated sugar, butter, oil and almond paste in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until well combined (about 3 minutes). Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition; beat in almond extract. Beating at a low speed, add flour mixture, and ½ cup milk alternately to butter mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture; beat just until combined.
- Scrape batter into a 9x5 inch metal loaf pan coated with baking spray or greased; sprinkle with sliced, toasted almonds.
- Bake at 350* F. for 50 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out with moist crumbs.
- Cool on wire rack 10 minutes. Remove from pan; cool.
- Place powdered sugar in a small bowl add 1 tablespoon orange juice, and dash of salt; stir with a whisk until smooth. Drizzle glaze over top of bread; let stand until set.
- * Gluten free baking mixes can also be found at most health food stores, Williams Sonoma and King Arthur's Flour.