Sherry-soaked almond cake with mixed berries

Yield: 1 servings

Measure Ingredient
1 cup Toasted whole almonds; (about 5 1/4 ounces)
1 cup Cake flour
1½ teaspoon Baking powder
10 tablespoons Unsalted butter; room temperature (1
\N \N ; 1/4 sticks)
⅔ cup Plus 1 tablespoon sugar
7 ounces Almond paste; cut into small
\N \N ; pieces
1½ teaspoon Vanilla extract
3 larges Eggs
3 larges Eggs; separated
1¼ cup Cream Sherry
⅓ cup Sugar
¼ cup Butter; (1/2 stick)
¼ teaspoon Almond extract
\N \N Lightly sweetened whipped cream
1 \N Basket boysenberries; blackberries or
\N \N ; raspberries
\N \N ; (1/2-pint)
1 \N Basket strawberries; hulled, halved
\N \N ; (1-pint)

CAKE

SYRUP

For cake: Preheat oven to 325F. Butter and flour 10-inch-diameter tube pan with 3½-inch-high sides. Finely grind toasted almonds in processor.

Blend in flour and baking powder. Using electric mixer, beat butter and ⅔ cup sugar in large bowl until blended. Beat in almond paste a few pieces at a time. Add vanilla extract and beat until mixture resembles paste. Add 3 whole eggs 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in 3 egg yolks. Stir in dry ingredients. Using electric mixer fitted with clean dry beaters, beat 3 egg whites in medium bowl to soft peaks. Gradually add remaining 1 tablespoon sugar and beat until stiff but not dry. Fold white into batter in 2 additions.

Pour batter into prepared pan (batter will fill pan less than halfway).

Bake until tester inserted near center of cake comes out clean, about 45 minutes. Cool cake in pan on rack 1 hour. Pierce top of cake all over with wooden skewer.

For syrup: Combine cream Sherry, sugar and butter in heavy small saucepan.

Stir over low heat until sugar dissolves. Simmer until reduced to 1 cup, about 15 minutes. Mix in almond extract. Let syrup stand until just cool.

Brush half of syrup over cake in pan. Let cake stand 1 hour. Turn cake out onto platter. Reheat remaining syrup just until butter melts. Pierce more holes in cake. Brush syrup over cake. Let cake stand 30 minutes. (Can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cover cake and let stand at room temperature.) Cut cake into wedges. Garnish with dollops of sweetened whipped cream and berries and serve.

Serves 8.

Bon Appetit May 1992

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