Vacations - that little escape from reality that's so needed but so hard to come back from. It's not that I have a life that warrants a temporary departure - but who doesn't love to shake up their daily routine every now and then? New people, new places, new foods and new schedules - that's what vacation is all about.
Last week I had the most perfect little vacation escape. I got to hang out in one of my favorite places with some of my very favorite people on the planet. We boated, skied, biked, sailed, walked and kayaked - and that was just the first day. 🤣Needless to say, we came home from our vacation blissfuly happy and exhausted.
When my Italian family gathers together - we play, we celebrate and we EAT! Like a lot! 🤣 And last weeks family vacation was no exception. 🍦 I think it's because there are so many good cooks in my family. 👨🏼🍳 Everyone wants to share their best culinary creations so we have to eat every couple of hours just to fit it all in. 😅 In my case, I make a few of my favorite but I also take advantage of the fact that I have some new guinea pigs to try my new recipes. #myfamilygiveshonestfeedback 🤣
Bread, biscotti, coffee cake muffins and cakes were all part of my vacation baking last week. Doesn't everyone bake while they're on vacation? 🤷🏻♀️😅 #bakingismystressrelief This Almond Coconut cake was one of the new recipes that I tested out on my guinea pigs. (aka. my family)
Almond Coconut Cake
10 Tablespoons butter, melted
1 cup almond flour
2/3 cup flour
1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 eggs, room temperature
1/2 cup + 1 Tablespoon sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1 1/2 cups frozen, pitted sweet cherries
1/3 cup unsalted pistachios, chopped
Cool 1 hour in pan. Remove from pan by inverting onto a plate and then inverting again onto a serving platter.
We ate this cake for dessert but it would be equally good as a morning coffee cake. Just one more way for me to squeeze an extra cake recipe into an already jam packed week of eating. Uhhh - I mean family vacation week. 😅
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