Summer Fruit Tea Cake with Almond Flavoring

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Author Notes: Inspired from the cookbook by Cory Schreiber and Julie Richardson called Rustic Fruit Desserts. Though this tea cake originally used only stone fruits, I added some blueberries and loved the beautiful contrast and flavor it provided. Since I love to use almond meal in my baked goods I chose to substitute some of the white flour with some almond meal. To bring out the almond flavor, I added some almond extract as well. After making the adjustments, I felt the final cake was a winner. Feel free to use just plums. You can serve it with a drizzle of almond flavored icing, a dollop of sweetened whipped cream, or even some vanilla ice cream. Ellie36

Serves 10-12

  • 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup almond flour/meal
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup superfine sugar
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 red plums, chopped
  • 3 apricots, chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1 tablespoon butter, for greasing pan
  • 1 tablespoon raw sugar, optional
  1. Whisk the flour, baking powder, and salt together in a bowl and set aside.
  2. Cream the sugar and butter together on medium-high speed for 3 to 5 minutes or until light and fluffy. If you don't have superfine sugar, just blend your sugar in a blender for a few seconds...it should do the job.
  3. Add the eggs one at a time. Scrape down the sides of the bowl after each addition.
  4. Stir in the extracts.
  5. Add the flour mixture and fold it in just until smooth dough forms.
  6. Divide dough in 2 pieces, one piece a bit larger than the other.
  7. Place one dough on a piece of plastic wrap and add a second piece of plastic wrap on top.
  8. Flatten the dough into a 1-inch thick circle. Do the same with the second dough piece. Place in freezer and freeze for about 30 minutes.
  9. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Butter a shallow 10 inch round tart pan with removable bottom.
  10. Pat the larger piece of dough evenly onto the bottom of the prepared tart pan and up the sides.
  11. Spread most of the fruit over the dough, reserving about a handful.
  12. Break the remainder of the dough into tablespoon-sized pieces and add it on top the fruit.
  13. Sprinkle the reserved fruit over the dough. If desired, sprinkle 1 tablespoon of raw sugar evenly over the top of the cake.
  14. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until nicely golden brown and and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Cover lightly with aluminum foil the last few minutes if the crust is over browning.
  15. Cool for half hour before serving.
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Tags: breakfast, dinner party, fruit, Summer

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6 months ago Becky Rice

I found this to be a wonderful recipe. My coworkers enjoyed it to. I added fresh fig to it also, because they were available and I love them.

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over 4 years ago pauljoseph

Excellent recipe

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over 4 years ago Sunchowder

This cake looks divine!

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over 4 years ago Ellie36

Aww... thanks!

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over 4 years ago lapadia

Lovely recipe and picture!

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over 4 years ago Ellie36

Thank you!...

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over 4 years ago laurielufkin

Yum~I love how the fruit is so colorful--looks delicious!

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over 4 years ago Ellie36

Thank you...I think the colors really do stand out....I do love to reserve a handful of the fruit and sprinkle it on top. This brings out the colors even more.

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over 4 years ago Loves Food Loves to Eat

I make this same cake, also inspired by that recipe, and I also add almond meal and almond extract! It's so good! Nice addition of the blueberries!

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over 4 years ago Ellie36

Isn't it good with almond?! Thanks...

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over 4 years ago Sagegreen

I had forgotten about the almond meal. I used to use it when I lived in Germany. This looks lovely.

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over 4 years ago Ellie36

Thank you...I have been adding some almond meal to a lot of my recipes and just love it.