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Lemon and Almond Cake
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This is a Sephardic Jewish cake , the recipe for which was given out on TV while advertising Claudia Roden's book on Jewish cooking. Originally it had oranges, but I substituted these for lemons to suit the Type O diet. I suspect that it would work equally well with limes!It is an unbelievably easy cake to make all you need is a little time. Serves 12.

Best Used By Blood Types:
  • Type A (1 beneficials)
  • Type A Non Secretor (1 beneficials)
  • Type AB (1 beneficials)
  • Type AB Non Secretor (2 beneficials)
  • Type B (0 beneficials)
  • Type B Non Secretor (0 beneficials)
  • Type O (0 beneficials)
  • Type O Non Secretor (0 beneficials)
  • Dessert
  • 2 lemons
  • 6 large eggs
  • 9 ounces (250g) caster sugar [choose compliant sweetener]
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder [see recipes in database]
  • 9 ounces (250g) ground almonds
How to make it:
  1. Boil 2 whole lemons in a little water for 1.5 to 2 hours.
  2. Leave to cool.
  3. Remove the green stalks cut and remove the pips.
  4. Pulp in a hand blender to as smooth a consistency as you can get.
  5. Put the eggs in a bowl and combine with the sugar, almonds and baking soda.
  6. Add the Fruit pulp to the mixture.
  7. Pour into a lined/ oiled/ floured 9 inch (23cm) cake tin with a removable base.
  8. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 190 oC /350 oF/Gas Mark 5 for just under an hour.
  9. Allow to cool before removing form the tin.

BTD Core Ingredients Analysis:

NameNotesA SecA NonABSecABNonB SecB NonO SecO Non
Egg (chicken)1 N N N B N N N N
Cream of Tartar  N N N N N N N N
Baking Soda  N N N N N N N N
Almond/Almond Butter1 N N N N N N N N
Lemon/Lemon Juice1 B B B B N N N N

BTD Variations and Substitutions Analysis:

Additive Product(s)
NameNotesA SecA NonABSecABNonB SecB NonO SecO Non
Arrowroot- N N N N N N N N
Cornstarch2 N A A A A A A A

Sweetener Product(s)
NameNotesA SecA NonABSecABNonB SecB NonO SecO Non
Sugar (Brown/White)- N A N A N A N A

[1] This recipe uses ingredients which may help limit bacterial overgrowth.
[2] This recipe uses ingredients which may be genetically modified .

  • This recipe is low in common allergens.
  • This recipe is gluten free.
  • This recipe uses ecologically friendly ingredients.

    If an ingredient is an avoid for your blood type, then try using a BTD compliant variant/substitute or leaving the item out of the recipe.

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    Revision History:
    • Revised Dec 17, 2010 at 06:47 PM By: Joe