When you are fed up with the fog – Almond cake with palm sugar and "mirabelle" – grilled peaches, vanilla whipped cream
Quand on en a marre du brouillard – Gâteau aux amandes au sucre de palme et mirabelle – pêches grillées, crème fouettée à la vanille
What is better than a slice of moist and delicious almond cake with a cup of tea when you are looking through the windows and only see a white and grey sky? I don’t know about you, but I tend to have sweet cravings when I get into fall and winter type of weather.
I brought mirabelle from France, it’s a hard liquor made with mirabelle fruits, they’re a kind of small and yellow plum that supposedly only grow in Lorraine region (where I grew up), don’t tell any Lorrains (people from Lorraine), but I have seen them in other parts of France too, I think they grow in iron-rich soil. Lorraine is famous for its mirabelles, and we pick them in late August or fall. They’re delicious in tarts, like tarte à la mirabelle which is a local specialty.
My parents have a huge garden with a bunch of mirabelliers (mirabelle tree) and they produce a lot of those pretty and sweet plums, so every year my dad, picks them and gives them to a friend who has the license to distill the alcohol…and here we go, he produces a lot of liters of mirabelle (I know he has over 100 bottles in his cellar). Every year when I go home, I bring back a few bottles which always remind me of home when I have a “coup de blues” (homesick).
The liquor is very flavorful and fruity, and I use it when I bake cakes like this one, it goes wonderfully with almond flavor, or if you have a tough mouth, you can sip some of it after a meal, it’s great for digestion. In my case, I can hardly drink it, it’s too strong. I have seen mirabelle at “Beverages and More” if you are interested.
I used palm sugar that is a healthy alternative to sweetener, it has a lower glycemic index than other sugars and only have 20 calories per 2 tsp. Palm sugar is produced from nectar of coconut palm trees, and it has a wonderful raw and nutty flavor.
Ingredients for 6-8 people
- 3 eggs
- 1/4 lb almond meal
- 3/4 cup vegetable oil or butter
- 1/2 cup palm sugar
- 3/4 cup white flour
- 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
- Vanilla powder
- 2 tbs mirabelle liquor
- 1 tsp almond extract
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- white peaches (1/2 per person)
- Honey or agave nectar for the peaches
- Heavy whipping cream
Mix eggs and almond meal. Add sugar and mix well. Add oil or butter and mix to get a smooth consistency batter. Add flours, almond extract, vanilla powder, mirabelle liquor. At the end, add baking powder and baking soda.
Bake in a pre heated oven at 370F for about 30-40 minutes. Let it cool before serving.
Cut white peaches in 6 quarters, and grill each side on a grill pan.
Whip heavy cream, adding some vanilla powder and a little sugar.
Serve with a slice of cake, a few slices of peaches drizzled with honey or agave nectar, and serve with whipped cream on the side.
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Ca à l’air vraiment délicieux. J’aime bien ton blog.
Merci Helene, C’est sympa, je vais maintenant te suivre sur Twitter pour tes nouveautes culinaires et voir ce qui se passe du cote de Vancouver, une de mes villes preferees
Almond is nice. Thank you for sharing. Cheers !
Very nice post! I love the pics..and most of all, palm sugar! Wow…i should be ashamed to not have used palm sugar in my baking yet, because palm sugar is commom item in my country, usually used in sweet soupy desserts. I’ll try your recipe
Btw, love your site!