OMG, can you believe all the amazing things popping up on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest in prep for Christmas?? Since I am only a few months into blogging – following a thousand food bloggers and watching all the social media platforms – I am mostly filled with awe at the effort that all the awesome bloggers take, the abundance of creativity, the hard work that shines through. I spend most of the time with my mouth open in amazement and pools of saliva forming over the awesome creations. I want to be invited over to everyone’s house to share their meals and be on all the cookie-exchange lists so I can sample everything! Does everyone feel the same way? Even the seasoned bloggers?
What I have here is not a Christmas-sy cookie, a festive cake, a spiced libation, a rich fancy dessert to feed a crowd or a cute house made of cookie! It is a ‘slow-down’ cake – a simple, quick to make cake, ideal for all those who work so hard to make Christmas so special in every home! This is a cake for slow afternoons with a cup of coffee or tea to enjoy by yourself or with a special few people. A cake for snowy mornings when you want the house to be filled with buttery warmth and nutty fragrance. It is sturdy, rich cake made in a cast iron skillet that gives it chewy cookie like edges.
Brown Butter Skillet Cake
Ingredients – 9inch fat cake
- 1 cup / 2 sticks butter
- 1½ cups all-purpose flour, plus more for pan
- ½ cup almond meal
- 1½ tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp salt
- 4 large eggs
- 1 ½ cups sugar
- ½ tsp vanilla
- Heat oven to 350F. In a small saucepan, heat the butter on medium heat, till it starts to turn golden brown and smells nutty. Take off the heat and set aside.
- Whisk together, flour, almond meal, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside
- Cream eggs and sugar till light and creamy. Gently mix in cooled browned butter. Fold in the dry ingredients till incorporated.
- Pour into the skillet and bake for 45 – 50 minutes. If the cake is browning too much, too fast, cover with aluminum foil till cooked through and toothpick comes clean.
Note – the pear fan looks pretty, but it makes the centre of the cake sink in a bit, probably due to extra moisture.