A twist and then some more

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Couple of weeks ago I was in a mood to experiment, nothing new there, and I was keen on making something a little boozy. It also helped that I have this huge bottle of Old Monk waiting to be used, since the husband and I aren’t dark rum drinkers most of this is used for baking or for soaking the dry fruits for Christmas. I didn’t want to make a rum and chocolate cake, which I know is just divine, so I thought of using some almonds instead. We love nutty flavours at home so I decided to use almonds two ways – one as almond meal and the other by sprinkling a generous handful over the batter before it went into the oven.
.Almond & rum cake
This cake is very simple, non-pretentious and is easily a crowd-pleaser. You can cut a slice to have with your morning coffee or evening tea, warm a few slices and serve it with a scoop of ice cream or like me, just bite into a slice for that sugar fix.
Oh and, by the way, this cake is vegan! I must confess it wasn’t intentional, I just didn’t have any dairy products at home on this day, so it just happened.
Almond & rum cake

1 1/2 cups of wheat flour

1 tsp of baking soda
1/2 tsp of baking powder
1/4 tsp of cinnamon powder
Pinch of salt
Sieve these ingredients together and keep it aside for a while. Now, take a mixing bowl and into that add the following:
2 tbsp of sunflower oil, or any other oil that you have
1 tsp of flaxseed, that has been powdered and mixed with 1tbsp of water
1 cup sugar
1/2 tsp of vanilla essence
Quickly mix the above together. And then to this add:
The flour mixture, along with 1/2 cup of ground almonds and fold it in together. If you find the mixture too dry then add some cold water and mix well. Finish with 1 tbsp of dark rum (Old Monk in this case) and 1 tbsp of coarsely chopped almonds, give the batter a stir.
Now pour this batter into a lined tray, top with some more coarsely chopped almonds and bake for 25-30 minutes at 180 degrees. Remove from the oven when a knife or skewer inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean. Cool and cut into slices.
* If you want to go non-vegan but still eggless, instead of cold water add some cold milk to the batter
* You can add a few drops of almond essence to bring out the nutty aromas
* There’s no need to roast the nuts beforehand as this is taken care of during the baking process

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