Jul 10, 2014

Creamy almond cake with red currants and white chocolate


Ah, the red currants... best when grabbed straight from the bushes when spending Summers in the country... years ago.  Grandma doesn't have the garden anymore and I can't eat but a handful of them... too sour. Good news is, with the company of a little sugar and melted white chocolate, the red little fruit becomes a Summer bliss...














Creamy almond cake with red currants and white chocolate
by Gray Apron
time: 15 min preparation / 15 + 40 min baking / 30 min cooling

ingredients
crust
120 g (4 oz) cookies, any crunchy, dry type
60 g (4 Tablespoons) butter, melted
filling
500 g (about 1 lb) almond pulp
240 ml (1 cup) yogurt
2 eggs
6 Tablespoons sugar
seeds from 1 vanilla bean
topping
400 g (about 1 lb) red currants, green part removed
3 Tablespoons sugar
100 g (3.5 oz) white chocolate, broken in pieces

instructions
Preheat oven to 160C/320F (fan forced function). Line a 26 cm (10 inch) baking form with parchment paper. To line a baking dish: I cut a piece of paper large enough, crush it between my hands, soak it under water, squeeze the water out, shake (gently) the paper to open and line the dish.

Prepare crust. In a food processor with steal blades (or a blender) blend cookies till fine. Pour in melted butter (warm OK). Line the form with the cookie crust. Set it the hot oven for 15 minutes. Meanwhile...

Prepare filling. In the same food processor (no need to wash it), blend all the ingredients till smooth, about 5 minutes. Spread almond filling on top of baked crust (hot OK). Set it in the hot oven for 25 minutes. Meanwhile...

Prepare topping. In a medium pot on low/medium heat, cook currants with sugar for 5 minutes. Keep them warm.

After 25 minutes in the oven, take the cake out and, working fast, place chocolate pieces and hot currants (with juices) on top of the cake. Put the cake back in the oven for 15 minutes. Take it out, let it cool in the form and serve. Keep refrigerated.

notes
  • I have never baked or cooked with currants, so I was making this up as I was going (like Indiana Jones)
  • the original plan, was to cover the cake with cooked currants at the end;
  • while the cake was already in the oven, I thought about white chocolate and, luckily, there was one bar left in the cabinet;
  • during the last 15 minutes in the oven, the chocolate melted just enough and the currant didn't not overcook;
  • about the almond pulp: I make almond milk every other day using 200 g (7oz) of almonds each time; I freeze the leftover pulp; here, I used the pulp from 3 milk productions;
  • smooth (not grainy at all) and light cake, sweet and melted chocolate, tart currants... not bad...

35 comments:

  1. This looks gorgeous! I'm sure it tastes as good as it looks.

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  2. A fantastic combo! I'll have to try this cake soon.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  3. Wow! What a stunning dessert! You can never go wrong with white chocolate and berries!

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  4. My husband just saw this an said we need to make this. I agree - it looks so, so good. Beautiful photos as always :)

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  5. O, that looks gorgeous. Love the pairing of sweet white chocolate and tart currants - yum!

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  6. It's hard to find red currant where I live but I am simple dying over this cake recipe of yours!! Love everything about it- those red currants, creamy white chocolate, almond cake!! I am in!

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  7. I've been wanting to make almond pulp and love the idea of using the leftover pulp. I also love white chocolate! This cake looks delightful.

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  8. What a beautiful dessert, Ela!The perfect summer treat!

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  9. Ela! This is such a GORGEOUS cake... I love the combination... White chocolate is one of my favourites.. :)

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  10. Gosh those currants are just so so pretty on this cake! I am such a sucker for pretty desserts!!

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  11. This looks heavenly! Love the almond pulp with yogurt as filling...almost like a cheesecake.

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  12. Such a pretty looking dessert. :) Really wishing my computer screen was scratch & sniff!

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  13. I so wish we could get fresh currants here as this looks divine!

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  14. How exquisite! I have not seen currants for decades!

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  15. What an interesting cake. Creamy almond with red currants just sounds so good!

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  16. This sounds like such a great flavour combination! Beautiful colours too.

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  17. Gosh that looks pretty! Love the flavors. Bet there were some happy faces when you brought that dessert out!

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  18. Hi Ela, looks like another great recipe that can use up the almond pulp. Looks like it is pretty healthy too.

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  19. Love everything about this cake Ela. The filling is great, currants are a rarity for me but love them...and the white chocolate pieces just melted randomly like that...sinful.

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  20. Ela, cake looks divine:) almond pulp sounds interesting.. Will try soon

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  21. Your cake are always so pretty and rustic! I love the white chocolate on top.

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  22. This is such a beautiful cake, you keep using almond pulp in recipes I really must give this a go soon and try it out :D

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  23. This is so beautiful! I love the colors and the sweetness of the white chocolate is sublime :)

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  24. I've never had red currants before- they look so pretty in your cake! And I bet it tastes amazing too! :) I'm always on the lookout for something red to put in my cakes because red always makes things loo more colourful, but the only thing I can ever find are strawberries which aren't in season most of the time! Wish I had a red currant bush!

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  25. Holy moly, this cake looks amazing!! I will be on the lookout for some red currants...for some reason I have never tried them before!

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  26. OMG! When I first saw the picture, I couldn't stop staring O__O This cake looks SO GOOD!!

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  27. Oh,my God!This is such a scrumptious cake,Ela! Wish I had a huge slice now that I am having my coffee!
    Kisses,dear!

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  28. Gorgeous cake, Ela!! I used to pick red currants with my mother years and years ago but I don't see them often anymore. I know I'd love this cake.

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  29. Oh wow! This is awesome, girl!

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  30. I love red currants and this look wonderful Ela:)

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  31. Damn, you made ma salivating!!!
    tangy, sweet, creamy and crusty, i'm in heaven!!!

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  32. What a beautiful cake! The combination of the red currants and white chocolate is stunning. I've never even had fresh currants before.

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  33. I have never had red currants (I don't thinkt hey are common in Canada), but I want to after seeing this dessert. They look so beautiful! Your photos are so gorgeous.

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  34. What a pretty pretty cake Ela! The red currants sound amazing with the white chocolate!

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  35. I would love to have a slice...better yet, I'd love to try making this! What is almond pulp, Ela? Can I substitute it with cream cheese and make this like a cheese tart? :)

    Toodles,
    Tammy<3

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