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  1. Lizzi

    Hearty = as in ‘made with heart’? That sounds totally legit and justifiable to me!

    [though you’re talking to Princess SugarComa….. as far as I’m concerned, you NEVER need an excuse for dessert!]

  2. Victoria (District Chocoholic)

    Such a nice thing to do for your grandma. And such a yummy cake – sounds like breakfast food to me, with fruit and nuts.

  3. Kari @ bite-sized thoughts

    I’d have believed the dessert theme without extra justification (no justification is needed for dessert, in my world!). In this instance, it becomes extra perfect, and I’m sure was very much appreciated by your grandma and mum 🙂 I’m still thinking of you and your family x

  4. Christine (Merf)

    Okay, you totally just brought tears to my eyes. I loved the heart-healthy reference, but .. the heart… oh my. How sweet. <3

  5. Margaret

    This looks very much like a cake I baked last weekend!
    I immediately accepted the term “hearty” when I saw it is made of almond meal. That is certainly hearty compared to ordinary flour.
    I didn’t have soggy issues with the cake, maybe because it wasn’t as tall as yours. I baked it in a square cake tin that is quite wide.
    I added white choc bits and frozen blackberries. 🙂
    (It would be better for your health to be on a gluten free diet, since gluten intolerance runs in your family and because you are lactose intolerant – they usually go hand in hand. But we won’t discuss that now, as I don’t want to ruin your baking and restaurant fun)!

  6. Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table

    That is so sweet of you! I bet it was delicious and your grandma will love it! 🙂

  7. Emma

    Perhaps our ovens are linked in the sad-and-slow channel of the space-time continuum, to always require an extra 30 to 45 minutes of baking over all others’ ovens. Although, no, I actually disproved this theory tonight (for the first time), so maybe not. Maybe it is the power of Psychic Cat that links us. As a thunderstorm rages outside, she cries and licks her back right paw.

    She’s a family based-cat. As am I. We both feel heartily warmed by your yummy familial gesture.

  8. chopinandmysaucepan

    Nice job to bring a smile to grandma!

  9. Lisa

    Oh gluten AND dairy free! Yay. I love both gluten and dairy but am surrounded by people who can’t cope with it, so I love any new ideas I get in that line. This looks perfect and will be going in my stolen from the internet list.

    Hmmm, did I manage to comment without any major faux pas today? Because people had to look in my office yesterday to see what I was cackling about.

  10. Adrian (Food Rehab)

    Love the abundance of berries in this- brings about that extra juiciness and tang. This is the sort of cake I need during the weekday afternoons… instead of the usual rum ball run at the local café! LOL

    And dairy free?! Love your work. I love my chocolate, cheese and milkshakes but if I have too much, I get damn rashes.

  11. Julia @ Boredom Abounds

    Oh yum – this is a handy recipe to have on file for people with food intolerances. I’ll have to file it away for future use!

  12. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

    It’s totally hearty! As in full of heart which is what you are 🙂

  13. hungryandfrozen

    Go you. I bet this helped heaps 🙂 It looks absolutely beautiful, too, the very sight of it bringing necessary cheer and comfort.

  14. Kath Lockett

    Yes. I agree with your interpretation of hearty. Just as long as you share that cake with me 🙂

  15. Alayna @ Thyme Bombe

    Love it, a hearty cake! It is so pretty and rustic too, makes me long for autumn.

  16. Junia @ Mis Pensamientos

    whoohoo for dairy and gluten free baking! i love using almond flour in baking. how did it taste? did u even notice it was vegan? 🙂

  17. Hannah

    Truly, the berries sound way better than pears right now! Lovely mixture, too. 🙂

  18. Kate (What Kate is Cooking)

    That’s so sweet! I definitely think that qualifies as ‘hearty’ 🙂 I hope your grandfather is doing well! I’m sending well wishes 🙂

  19. sophia

    Hannah, you’re crazy. I looked at that pic, and I wanted to fly out there and demand a slice of that cake. It looks super hearty and warming to the heart and belly! Also, just a touch of nutty…hee hee, I love it!

  20. penny aka jeroxie

    it is hearty full of goodness. send a slice over please

  21. Keely aka The Richest Girl in Bondi

    I would never, ever roll my eyes over dessert! What a lovely thing to do for your family. Food is always a welcome gesture.

  22. Agnes

    That’s quite a stretch, but well done for getting there. Did you bake this and then afterwards try and think of how you could get it to fit the theme? 😉

  23. msihua

    Aww.. hunny!! (Think Pooh)… That’s such a sweet sweet gesture… I know how it feels to be in the sidelines and desperately wanting and needing to help :)… So good on you… Hugs, and lollipops this time 🙂

  24. Errign

    So much love & support to you, friend. I hope you’re doing okay – hugs! The cake looks amazing, as your baked creations always do.

  25. Anna johnston

    Yum…. Send some my way…. Mmmmmm. Looks delicious and yummy and perfectly perfect. You’ve got heart girl and I love it. Are you Ma &Gma celiac? It’s heriditory Celiac disease. Such a bummer of a disease. 🙁
    I’m so glad your pa is kicking goals. And that you are well. Xxx

  26. Johanna GGG

    Great interpretation of the theme – I was dubious at first but who can resist the logic of a girl performing acts of kindness for her grandparents – and the cake looks delicious – hope it was the comfort that was needed

  27. whisperinggums

    It was a yummy cake … and just what the vigil-ers needed at the time. It was full of heart!

  28. Kath (My Funny Little Life)

    Good to hear your granddad is well after the surgery! I hope his recovery will go smoothly, even if it takes longer.

    My grandmom recently had surgery as well because she needed a new hip, and the recovery was painful and long as well, but now she can walk stairs and everything again, and I’m very happy about that.

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  30. Camille

    Wholesome + comforting definitely equals hearty. I, for one, love that you can spin any of these themes into dessert. But then, that’s often my own M.O. as well. And that’s just one reason why we like each other so much. 🙂

  31. jas @ the gluten free scallywag

    I totally agree with the heartiness of this recipe – heart healthy nuts plus baked from the heart from those you love – doesn’t get much heartier than that! I’ll be baking this cake and will be calling it hearty 🙂 Hoping your grandpa is recovering well.

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