Strawberry & Pistachio Almond Meal Cake {Gluten Free} + Explaining the Absence

Strawberry & Pistachio Almond Meal Cake
Why hellllooooo there!
Yep! This blog still exists! … despite the absolute radio silence… my sincerest apologies folks, I’ve got some serious explaining to do… and a seriously long new post with a tone of photos to make it up to you… prepare yo’ selves.

So, in case you haven’t noticed, my absence here in the space has been some what of an… absence, in it’s biggest form.
I mean, a month since I haven’t posted… who does that?! Well yes, a mean psycho person like me…
But you know, the answer to my problem with posting didn’t lie here with me in London, but back home in Melbourne.

Wait… I better start from the start start shouldn’t I?
Let’s rewind a lil’ bit shalllllllll weeeeeeee

This year I decided to take some time off Uni, the course is still sitting there back home, but for now, I’m letting my passion take the lead.
So, I took a lil’ bit of a plunge and jumped (more like head first dive…)  into the unknown, booked tickets for London, got myself a job as a nanny, and off to chase a hint of adventure, with a dash cooking… well actually that’s pretty much the point!
Along with working, I want to explore all the opportunities working in food has to offer!
Styling, photography, writing, cooking, baking, learning, the list goes on! But here’s where I wanna begin :)

Okay, deep talk over!
Cake time approaching!

strawberries at the market
London life, (from the past month I’ve been here… I’m a complete newbie, fresh off the boat) it’s been 100% fab!
There’s just so much I love about this happening city… the sights, the vibe, the markets, the places to see, so much to do!
(but seriously the markets… I can’t get enough. I am ever in debt to everything the tones of markets have to offer)

And oh boy the things I’ve learned so far…
e.g. don’t overpack by so many kilos that you end up chucking out half of the weight at the airport and leave yourself with 2 jumpers where London Spring is like Melbourne Winter…. so you either freeze or naturally go shopping … boy the shopping

But everything has just been so hectic I can’t remember 8/9 of the things I should fill you in on… I guess I’ll just have to give them to you in dribs and drabs as I remember… ma bad

Oh yeah! and the reasoning behind the complete lack of posts… so pretty much apart from having about zero time, my camera has been chillin back home for the past month! (blame them baggage weight restrictions…) so after using my iPhone to capture all them fun times on instagram (first world problems at it’s absolute finest) my camera arrived!! (along with all them jumpers my chilly self has been missing)
So hopefullllllyyyyy regular posting can resume, fingers crossed!

Strawberry & Pistachio Almond Meal Cake
Anyways, so we’re back with another berry inspired post… being the market gal I am here, I’m cooking with the seasons, and to my luck – it’s spring aka BERRY SEASON!! Boooo yeahhhhh! Self high-five x1000

So, I decided to kick of my Saturday with a visit to Pimlico Road Farmer’s Market to get some real fresh ingredients (hence some non-cakey pics).
I seriously went a little wild there… I went to originally buy pears (but then to remember that in fact pear season was yonks ago), but then I saw (and ate all the samples) of those gorgeous strawberries and was sold.
I was also completely sold by the fresh bread, vine ripened tomatoes, apples… and maybe some brownies….
(I was so close to buying ravioli and pesto and pastries, it took every inch of self control… and a groan from my wallet… to hold me back. Rock on Bec, rock on)

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The reasoning behind the almond meal thang is that this post is for Nuts.com‘s “April Showers Bring May Flours” project that profiles the fab health benefits of eating/baking with almond flour. Plus as seen by the piccies, there’s a little somethin’ somethin’ to be baked with your next supply of almond flour. Winnnnnnn

Almonds are high in monounsaturated fats, so like olive oil – good for reducing risk of heart disease! They’re also high in Vitamin E, high in protein, PLUS have tones of minerals to support your bone health! Consuming almonds is also fab for your skin, immunity and even energy levels!
I think it’s far to say, almonds are they way. (unintentional rhyming for the win)

You can buy Nuts.com Almond Flour here, where the site also has NUTritious facts and ways to incorporate almond flour into their diet.

I don’t normally bake with health consciousness in mind (the more butter the better peeps), but knowing almond meal has got my back… I don’t mind I love this lil’ gluten free option… great for those of you who are avoiding gluten! yay!

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pimlico road
Being in an apartment not naturally equipped with all the baking needs… and without being able to get almond flour without having to pay an arm and a leg… I may or may not of had to chop whole almonds into 2 cups worth of almond flour (hence save yo’ selves and buy it here)…. let’s just do the ‘glass half full’ kinda thang, and say it was all so worth it. And because I didn’t do the whole fine powder thing (without it taking me about an hour to do so), I got a fun as crunchy texture!
Plus… lack of mixing bowls = saucepans for the job

But I’m happy to say, we made it through the wilderness and were greeted by a happy, super moist, gluten free and almost paleo cake! (look at us being all healthy and all… )
And on the props topic… I had to improvise… vintage shops i’m coming for you!! #propheaven #propaddiction

Strawberry & Pistachio Almond Meal Cake pimlico road

Strawberry & Pistachio Almond Meal Cake
pimlico road farmer's market
Strawberry & Pistachio Almond Meal Cake
STRAWBERRY & PISTACHIO ALMOND MEAL CAKE {GLUTEN FREE}
recipe adapted from Cookie and Kate: Gluten-Free Honey Almond Cake with Raspberries, Orange and Pistachios

IngredientsCake:
2 cups almond flour or almond meal, firmly packed into measuring cups
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon fine-grain sea salt
3 eggs, beaten
⅔ cup honey
¼ cup vegetable oil
2 lemons rind
1 cup strawberries, hulled and quarteredLemon Syrup:
2 lemons worth of juice
50 ml water
3 tablespoons caster sugar
Garnish:
Dusting of icing sugar
½ cup chopped raw pistachios
Strawberries
Method:
1. Preheat the oven to 160C. Grease an 8-inch pan (I used a springform pan) with butter and dust with almond flour/meal.
2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the almond meal, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and sea salt.
3. In another bowl, combine the beaten eggs, honey, oil and lemon rind. Use a whisk to mix well. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry. Stir just until there are a few clumps remaining, then gently fold in the strawberries. Pour the mixture into your prepared pan.
4. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes, until the cake is deeply golden brown and the center is firm to the touch. A toothpick inserted in the center should come out clean. Place the cake on a wire rack to cool to room temperature.
5. When the cake is just about ready, make the syrup by, combing the lemon juice, water and sugar in a small saucepan, and heat over a medium heat until the sugar is dissolved. Increase heat to high and bring to the boil. Boil until slightly reduced and syrupy.
6. Once the cake is out of the oven, pour the warm syrup over the warm cake. It should soak right in.
7. When the cake is cool, sprinkle with powdered sugar and chopped pistachios, and serve with strawberries on the side.Thanks for stopping by!daisy-and-the-fox-sign-off

10 Comments

  1. Oh my gawwwd Bec, this post is incredible! I’m going to be in Paris next year for college (yeah, I applied to a school totally last minute and rejoiced when I was actually accepted. Craziness.), and we should totally get together at some point! Maybe I’ll have a chance to hop on over to London, who knows… 😀

    I hope you’re having a fabulous time! These photographs are gorgeous (I already pinned a few), and I bet you’re an awesome nanny.

    xoxo!

    • Ahhh that is so awesome Abby!! Congrats!! What are you studying? So exciting!!
      and absolutely! A meet-up is well needed! wooooo 😀 can’t wait!

      Hope all is going well :)
      xxoxoxoxx

  2. That is absolutely incredible, I love your spontaneity! And London is the most incredible place, you are going to have a blast 😀
    I hope you have a wonderful time/are having it, I can’t wait to hear more 😀
    And don’t apologise for absences, real life getting in the way is all good!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

    • Thanks Uru! :)
      There were definitely times where I was like “am i totally crazy for doing this?!” haha but so worth it now that I’m here! So much to do and see! It’s so fab :)

      Hope life is wonderful on your end!
      x

  3. Hi Bec! These recipe is amazing and the photos are awesome! It’s so cool haw brave you have been and did this big thing on moving to London! I love London, it is definitely my favorite city and I almost envy (:D) you a little bit’! I’m so impressed about those wonderful pictures! Hope you will going to continue share with us your journey in London. Best wishes!
    Cat

    • Thanks so much Cat! That’s so sweet of you to say :)
      It’s an ongoing journey, so I’ll keep you filled in! :)
      and i can see why you love london so much, it’s such a great city!
      xx

    • Hi Ruthie!
      I don’t as of now, but if you were after them in oz i can work them out for you if you’d like? :)

      • Hi I googled conversion charts. By my figuring, oven temps would be 325-350 F…..dies that seem right? Thank you.

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