Almond Cakes with Bananas and Warm Caramel Sauce
- SERVINGS: 10
- Vegetable oil spray
- 3/4 cup whole blanched almonds, finely ground
- 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 stick (4 ounces) unsalted butter, melted
- 2 tablespoons dark rum
- 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 1 1/3 cups sugar
- 6 ripe bananas, 2 coarsely chopped
- 7 large egg whites, at room temperature
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- Warm Caramel Sauce
- Preheat the oven to 350°. Place ten 4-inch fluted tartlet pans with removable bottoms on a baking sheet. Spray the pans with vegetable oil spray.
- In a medium bowl, combine the ground almonds with the flour, butter, rum, vanilla and 2/3 cup of the sugar. Fold in the chopped bananas.
- In a large bowl, beat the egg whites with the salt at high speed until frothy. Slowly pour in the remaining 2/3 cup of sugar and beat until stiff peaks form.
- Using a rubber spatula, fold the beaten whites into the almond batter, 1 cup at a time. Spread the batter evenly in the prepared pans and bake for about 20 minutes, or until golden and firm in the centers. Meanwhile, slice the 4 remaining bananas 1/4 inch thick on the diagonal.
- Unmold the cakes. Set each one in the center of a dessert plate and cover with the sliced bananas. Pour the Warm Caramel Sauce on top and serve.
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