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  • Recipe – Scandinavian almond cake

    1. Spray or cover the pan well with a shortening.
    2. Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
    3. Sprinkle sliced almond on the bottom of the pan.
    4. Beat well 1 1/4 cups sugar, 1 large egg, 1 1/2 teaspoons almond extract and 2/3 cup milk.
    5. Add 1 1/4 cups flour and 1/2 tsp. baking powder.
    6. Add 1 stick (4 oz.) of melted margarine or butter (cool slightly after melting) and mix well.
    7. Bake at 350 degrees F. for 40 – 50 minutes until edges are golden brown and a cake tester or toothpick comes out clean.
    8. Cool in pan for only 3 minutes before removing and then carefully remove by gently loosen ends with a knife, turn pan over, tap each end slightly on the countertop, place thumbs in the center indentation and spread the pan sides slightly as you gently move your thumbs slowly from the middle to each end.
    9. Cut in slices (using the indentations in the cake) to serve when fully cooled on rack.
    10. Sprinkle slices with confectionary sugar (if desired) and top with fruit preserves, fresh berries, or ice cream and top them off with real whipped cream for a true Scandinavian delight.
    11. Keeps well in refrigerator (place in sealed bag in freezer for longer storage).

    This and many other wonderful family recipes can be found in a very special cookbook from Lena's family — the 2005 Benrud Heritage Family Recipes available from Lena and Ole's Gifts for $12.50 plus $3.50 shipping.

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