Cherry Almond Cake

GCherriesFor all my hockey-loving, maple-slinging, friendly neighbors of the Great White North, this one's for you.  HAPPY CANADA DAY!! Cherry-Almond-Cake-Table-Horizontal

We've seem to be having some sort of a heat wave this long weekend- some may call it a Canadian miracle.  For as much as we are suffering inside, without an air conditioner, it is just that much more beautiful outside.  With sun glistening off the harbour and glass high-rises alike, it sure makes those endless days of winter rain a little worth it.  So instead of being cooped up in a stuffy apartment, lets all head out and celebrate on this glorious Canada Day!

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How should we celebrate, you ask?  With this delicious CHERRY ALMOND CAKE, of course!!!  I developed this recipe for Half Baked: The Cake Blog, just in time for any summer celebration.  Juicy cherries and tart gooseberries make this cake simply refreshing, and the rustic preparation makes it a breeze to whip up.  Find the full recipe on Half Baked.

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Mini Rustic Peach Tarts

Rustic-Peach-Tart-Vet-Tabletop Sometimes items in my condo go mysteriously missing.  I will most likely be blaming this on our move as long as I can, and not me just being unorganized.  But really, after looking through the whole kitchen, all of my baking tools, and storage, where else could a tart pan be hiding in 700 square feet?  It's probably with the missing bunt pan...  After a good effort searching, and a mini pout session, I decided to just roll with it.  I really wanted to use up these peaches, after all.

Improvisation for the win!  I decided not to let the missing tart pan get me down and made Rustic Peach Tarts instead.  In my head, I was going to create the most beautiful tart with a spiral of peach slices.  Well, by the time I got around to actually made these bad boys, it was late and I was rushed, so I think this alternative worked out for the best.  This no-fuss recipe sure tastes just as delicious as the tart of my dreams, I'm sure.  And the cute, individual servings make it just that much sweeter.

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Tart Dough: adapted from William- Sonoma

1 egg yolk 2 tablespoon ice water 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour 1/3 cup sugar 1/4 teaspoon salt 8 tablespoon cold, unsalted butter- cut into 1/2 inch pieces

Combine egg, water, and vanilla.  Set aside. In a separate bowl, stir together flour, sugar, and salt.  Cut in the butter into the flour mixture until the mixture resembles a corse meal.  Stir in the egg mixture until the dough comes together.  Turn out dough on a floured surface and work into a ball.  Wrap with plastic and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

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