Almond Cake with Pralines

Almond Cake with Pralines

It’s Valentine’s Day soon! Here’s an easy lovely almond cake recipe: the angels bread with pralines. Usually I make angels cakes by putting sugar in place of pralines (same amounts) and add the heart of a scraped vanilla bean. You can accommodate with a custard when serving. The remaining egg yolks and a pint of milk.

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 25 minutes at 390°F (200°C)

Ingredients: Almond cake with pralines

  • 3/4 cup (65 g) pralines
  • 1/2 cup (45 g) all-purpose flour
  • 2 3/4 table spoons (40 g) softened butter
  • 3  large egg whites
  • 1/2 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 cup  (25 cl) heavy cream
  • 1/4 table spoon (3 g) melted butter (for the cake pan)
  • Flour (for the mold)
Often featured in specialties from Lyon, the pink praline is an almond coated in colored sugar which is not caramelized. This gives the pink praline a unique texture, quite different from the brown praline’s sweet stickiness: your teeth meet a slight resistance at first, but the powdery sugar coating quickly breaks, crumbling on your tongue like little flakes while you start chewing on the almond.
Pink praline are easily found in bulk on various online baking stores.

Cooking instructions

Finely chop the pralines in a blender or with a pin roll.
Mix 1/2 cup (50 g) of crushed pralines with flour, add butter and mix with your fingertips.
Rise the egg whites with a pinch of salt in the bowl of a mixer. Whip slowly at first to homogenize then increase the speed when the whites are mounted. Pour the sugar and rotate the whip at maximum speed to tighten.
Mix 1/4 of egg whites with the praline mix to soften.
Stir in the remaining whites gently with a spatula.
Butter and dust the cake pan with flour, turn the mold upside down to remove excess flour.
Garnish 3/4 of the cake pan, then bake 25mn at 390°F  (T 200 ° C).
In a small saucepan cook the rest of praline (3 tbsp – 15 g) with the cream until the mixture becomes thick. Let the Pralines cool slightly then pour over the cake.

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