Almond sponge Cake ( Biscuit Joconde ) Recipe

A versatile sponge cake, most commonly used as a base for Opera Gateau

  • Preparation
    15mins
  • Cooking time
    7mins
  • Rest time
    15mins
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Ingredients
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  • Part one of the recipe
  • Ground almonds : 222 g
  • Caster sugar : 102 g
  • Plain flour : 54 g
  • Whole egg(s) : 6 whole
  • Part two of the recipe
  • Egg white(s) : 3 whole
  • Caster sugar : 120 g
  • To line the mould(s)
  • Unsalted butter : 50 g
Method
  • 1. FOR THE BISCUIT(S)

    Set and oven to 175 *

    Sift the flour into a bowl and mix with the ground almonds and caster sugar.
    Add the whole eggs and whisk thoroughly to incorporate as much air as possible.

    Melt the butter and coat some silicon baking paper, place on a baking tray.

  • 2. PART TWO OF THE RECIPE

    Whisk the egg whites, at the same time gradually trickle in the sugar. When incorporated, continue to whisk to soft peaks.
    It is very important that these are not over whisked as this will result in a tough sponge.

    The egg yolks can be retained for the buttercream if necessary

  • 3. PART THREE OF THE RECIPE

    Fold the two mixes together carefully and spread in a thin even layer over 3 lined trays.

    Bake in the oven for 7 minutes, or until the sponge is firm and springey to touch

Chef's tip

«This mix will make 3 sheets or alternatively 6 small individual Opera Gateau's. If the baked sponge is crispy, refrigerating for an hour will moisten it, as will leaving to soak in coffee syrup or Tia Maria!»

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