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Spiced Honey Cake with Black Tea and Almonds

You can use any kind of honey in this simple cake recipe. The proportions below will give you a tender cake that is not overwhelmingly sweet, making it a good choice for a midmorning snack with coffee or tea. A little whipped cream or crème fràiche adds a nice touch.

(Makes 1 cake)

1 1/2 cups flour
1/4 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
pinch of salt
1 tsp. Saigon cinnamon powder
1/4 tsp. ground cloves
1/4 tsp. nutmeg powder or grated whole nutmeg
1/4 tsp. ginger powder
3 eggs
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 cup grapeseed oil (we use Salute Santé brand)
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup black tea, freshly brewed (1 tsp of black tea or a tea bag + ½ cup warm water)
1/4 cup chopped almonds (roasted & unsalted)

Preheat the oven to 350°.
Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and ginger.
Whisk the honey and black tea in another bowl.
In a large bowl, beat together eggs, sugar and vanilla extract with an electric mixer at high speed for 3 minutes.
Reduce speed to low, and gradually add the oil.
Then add the honey and tea mixture and mix for an additional minute.
Add flour mixture and mix until nearly combined.
Add chopped almonds and finish mixing the batter with a rubber spatula, scraping the bottom of bowl.
Pour into a cake pan that has been lightly sprayed with oil, and bake in the center rack of the oven for 25 minutes.
Cool completely (about 30 minutes) before cutting.
Serve with a dollop of whipped cream or a spoonful of crème fraîche.

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