Tuesday, April 13, 2010

TWD - Swedish Visiting Cake



What is the perfect dessert for someone on a diet? My first thought is something you've eaten a dozen times before and so holds no temptation. That's not what happens when you participate in a baking group. Each week is a new delight.

The perfect dessert then becomes one that is surprising, delicious, pleases the palate, satisfies the craving and can be cut into bite-sized pieces. Swedish Visiting Cake fills all the requirements perfectly.

On my own, this would have been the very last recipe I'd have chosen from the book. My apologies to any Swedes in the group, but when I see Swedish in a recipe I think dry. That goes back to my early baking days with The Joy of Cooking and some failed attempts at yeast-based pastry rings.

This week's recipe was chosen by Nancy of the fabulous blog The Dogs Eat The Crumbs. Each week Nancy thoroughly explores the recipe and always gives insightful comments. Her blog is a must for weekly reading.

Nancy describes this cake as "a big chewy (almond-flavored) sugar cookie." She is exactly right.

If you've never tried the technique of infusing the white sugar with lemon by hand-combining the grated rind, you must. The flavour is delicate and uniform. I used both vanilla and almond extracts which, with the lemon, created a memorable taste.

Easily made in one bowl, I'll bake this recipe again and again.

34 comments:

  1. Your cake is beautiful! It looks thicker than many I've seen. And not at all dry!

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  2. Mmmm. This one was tasty! 1/20th of a 9" cake is 3 points. I can budget that!

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  3. I loved this cake too, and cut it into tiny pieces. But then ate 2 of them! Yours looks delicious and definitely not dry.

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  4. I wasn't terribly excited about this one either, but it surprised me in a good way! So delicious and definitely worthy of a repeat! Yours looks lovely :)

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  5. Im glad you liked it. It was so simple to make and the results were yummy! I loved the lemon sugar mixture too!

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  6. I LOVVVVEE rubbing the zest into the sugar!
    Totally an unexpected great cake!

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  7. Wasn't it delicious? Looks beautiful!

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  8. I like the theory of the tiny pieces, but I'm not sure I could resist the charms of this cake. I love the way your cake looks and am glad that you liked it! Thanks for the very kind words and for baking along with me this week.

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  9. I think I have the same prejudice too. If it hadn't been for TWD, I probably would have skipped this recipe time and time again. Now I can't imagine not baking it again... tomorrow!
    -CB
    http://iheartfood4thought.com

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  10. You (and Nancy) are right. This is just like a lemony, almond-y sugar cookie. I'll be making this again, too. Yours looks lovely!

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  11. looks great! i think my skillet must be 10" b/c mine was so much thinner

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  12. This cake is actually quite the opposite of dry,and what a pure delight. I think that's the perfect way to sum it up :)

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  13. I wouldn't have picked this recipe either, but it was surprisingly good! And so easy to make too!

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  14. Your tea photo is stunning.... it really captured the essence of this cake. I agree - I try to rub zest into sugar whenever possible... strange how that works huh? I also need to try the skillet method - and funny, I too, would have passed this one up (maybe even with a photo). It's a nice surprise

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  15. We were totally in sync on this one...from the pre-baking expectations down to the results. Your cake looks lovely!

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  16. TWD introduced me to lemon zest + sugar and I love it! It has the best smell.

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  17. Each of us is noting on the ease and great taste of this cake. I think we have a winner.

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  18. I like the way you chopped your almonds on top. Gives a much more delicate look. Top pic is my fave.

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  19. That slice looks perfect along side the cup of tea. I loved this cake and think most everyone who baked it did.

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  20. Your cake looks perfect. We enjoyed this right out of the oven and my kids are asking for another.
    Mimi

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  21. Your cake looks wonderful! Infusing lemon in the sugar is a great baking tip; thanks to Dorie, I automatically do it now if there is lemon in a recipe.

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  22. I'm glad that this recipe was a happy surprise for you! Your cake looks lovely!

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  23. I'm with you! I would never have tried the cake on my own and now I have a new favorite! And it's one of my favorite things to do; rubbing the zest into the sugar. Makes me want to crawl right in there with all that goodness!

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  24. Your cake looks great! I love the cake so much that I will bake it again too!

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  25. Ciao ! I loved the cake too !! Happy belated birthday to your wonderful daughter !!

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  26. How can something so easy be soooo good? Yours looks delicious.

    Beautiful Daughter. HB to her.

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  27. it was a great cake...i wasn't able to exercise much portion control, and ate half! but at least it was a mini!

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  28. I love the one bowl method myself! Your cake looks fabulous, darling!

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  29. Gotta love those one-dirty-dish recipes. Yours looks delish!

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  30. This was a keeper, wasn't it? Top Five here...yours looks absolutely perfect. Will be making this again as well.

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  31. Mmm...yours looks so delicious! This one would have been among the last recipes I would have chosen as well.

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  32. Delightful is the perfect word for this cake. It just hits the spot. I'll also be making it again and again.

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