Holiday meals can be so heavy, and it’s refreshing to have a dessert that is light, like my homemade flourless lemon almond cake.

his is a classic cake recipe, if I’m not mistaken, from southern Spain. The basic ingredients are blanched almonds, eggs, sugar, and lemon zest. No butter or wheat flour❗ The cake behaves a bit like a souffle, it gets most of its rise from the eggs.

So, step by step.

How to make:

– Preheat the oven to 175 °C.

– In a large bowl, beat together the egg yolks, lemon zest, and 1/4 cup sugar.

– In a separate bowl, whisk together the almonds, ground cardamom, and baking powder. Add the mixture to the egg yolk mixture and beat until well combined. The mixture should resemble a paste.

– Whip egg whites to soft peaks with an electric mixer. When bubbles start to form, add a pinch of salt and the teaspoon of vinegar.As the egg whites begin to increase in volume, continue to beat the egg whites until soft peaks form.

– Fold beaten egg whites into almond mixture and gently fold the remaining whipped egg whites into the batter

– Scoop batter into pan, bake at 175 °C for 30 minutes.

So, our result is softly sweet and lemony. You could easily twirl some raspberry sauce around it, or add a dollop of cream. Enjoy!?
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