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These "sugar" crusted almond cakes are sweet and tasty despite being really sugar free! They make a great low carb gift for a Sunday brunch or snack.
This was one of my favorite recipes while growing up. When I was a teenager, ruining my mother's kitchen was my favorite hobby. I loved to cook but I hated doing the dishes. And teenagers. I'll leave it at that.
My mother had a Pillsbury’s Best of the Bake-Off cookbook that was my choice for easy recipes. The sugary almond cakes in that book were one of my best options. They are very simple, just sugar, sliced almonds, and butter on canned crescent rolls. At this point in my life, sugar and crescent rolls are out, so I needed to work on my own low carb version.
These are wonderful with a cup of coffee or tea. I admit that today I ate a few for lunch. It wasn't the healthiest lunch, but it was a delicious lunch. Tomorrow I'll have a nice big salad to make up for it.
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My husband also gave these two big thumbs up. It's not a great type of dessert, so when I eat a second and a third of something, I know it's good.
How to make almond cakes
The closest thing I've ever had to a growing roll is the cakes I've made with a mozzarella batter. He knew that with that dough he could replicate the cakes he loved. This dough is based on my chocolate crescent cookies and cinnamon rolls with a few minor changes.
Mozzarella in puff pastry?
The dough I used for these was inspired by the first mozzarella dough I saw. Danishon cheese until late anyway.
If you've ever made a fat pizza before you can make these bars. My trick for this type of dough is to mix it in the food processor. This helps incorporate all the melted sticky cheese without leaving strands that don't mix.
If you don't have a food processor, you can mix it by hand, but you'll need a little fat.
Puff pastry ingredients:
Almond Cake Topping Ingredients:
More low carb cakes:
Glazed Crumb Keto Donuts
Gluten free healthy cinnamon rolls
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Almond cakes with "sugar" crust
These “sugar” crusted almond cakes are sweet and tasty even though they are actually sugar-free! They make a great low carb gift for a Sunday brunch or snack.
Preparation time: 10 minutes.
Cooking time: 35 minutes.
Total time: 45 minutes
Course: brunch, dessert
Servings: 12 cakes
1 cup sliced almonds
2 tablespoons butter, softened
1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons Trim Healthy Mama Gentle Sweet or my sweetener, divided
Preheat oven to 350. Grease a small baking sheet. Mine is a 7 x 9.5 toaster oven. An 8 x 8 baking dish would also work.
Put the cheese and a tablespoon of butter in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave one minute. Stir. Microwave 30 seconds. Stir. At this point, all of the cheese should be melted. Microwave 30 seconds more until smooth and sticky (it should look like cheese fondue at this point). Mix together the egg, almond extract, 1 tablespoon of sweetener, and almond flour. You may need to knead it by hand to fully incorporate the ingredients. Once it has a uniform color, press it on the baking sheet.
You can use the same bowl to mix the almonds, softened butter, and 1/4 cup of sweetener. Spread this on the dough. Bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes until golden. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with the remaining 2 tablespoons of sweetener.
Cool for at least 10 min. Cut into squares and serve.
You can use a baking mix of equal parts almond flour, coconut flour, and ground golden flax instead of almond flour.Notes on sweeteners:
Calories: 146kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 97mg | Potassium: 78mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 0g | Vitamin A: 205 IU | Calcium: 86mg | Iron: 0.6mg
Originally published on May 11, 2016. Reviewed and published on July 26, 2019.