adapted from Pure Dessert
3/4 cup plus 2 tbsp unblanched or blanched whole almonds
1 cup plus 2 tbsp sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp vanilla or almond extract
3 large eggs
8 tbsp butter or margarine, cut into chunks and slightly softened
1/3 cup flour
1/4 tsp baking powder
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease the sides of an 8 inch cake pan and line with parchment paper.Place the nuts, sugar, salt and extract in the bowl of a food processor. Process until the nuts are finely ground.
All at once, add the eggs, margarine and pulse to blend thoroughly.Add the flour and leavener and pulse to combine.Voila! The batter is all done! Spread the batter into the prepared pan and bake until the cake is golden on top and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 35 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack. As you know, my oven cooks really hot, so I had to tent the top with foil and it still got pretty dark. Nothing that some powdered sugar wont hide though. Bon Appetit!