rose, cardamom & pistachio cake
Some people deserve happiness, smiles, and cake. Definitely cake. Actually, a cake such as this is a pretty good way to tell someone that they rock. This one in particular was made for my nearest & dearest Clio.... the girl is leaving me! What can I say? She's off to go be incredibly talented in London.... I'm a little jealous since she has just enrolled in an incredible pastry school & I just know she's going to rock their socks off.
Clio my darling, making this for you was an absolute pleasure & I am so happy that you enjoyed it.
....oh, & a couple words about the cake wouldn't be a half bad idea. The cake has a very middle-eastern flair & flavor to it that is completely delicious. If you find that the flavour of the yogurt in the icing is a little too sour, mascarpone makes a wonderful substitution.
Ingredients, cake: - 1 tsp cardamom - 150g pistachios - 100g almonds - 170g quinoa flour
- 1 tsp xanthin gum - 1 tsp baking powder - 300g unsalted butter, room temp - 330g caster sugar - 4 eggs - 1 lemon, zested - 15ml lemon juice - 30ml rose water - 0.5 tsp vanilla extract
Directions, cake: 1. pre heat the oven to 175°C. Grease & line a 22cm spring-form cake tin with parchment. 2. combine the cardamom, pistachios & almonds in a food processor & blend until a fine powder. Add in the quinoa flour & baking powder & stir to mix. 3. in a separate bowl, cream together the butter & sugar until light & airy. 4. beat in the eggs until the mixture turns lighter in colour, and then beat in the lemon juice, rose water & vanilla. 5. fold in the dry ingredients until just combined. 6. bake for approx. 50 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean. 7. whilst the cake is still hot & inside the tin, poke with holes & pour over the syrup for the recipe below.
Ingredients, syrup: - 120ml lemon juice - 100ml rose water (or 1 tbs rose jam) - 120g sugar
Directions, syrup: 1. combine together the ingredients in a large saucepan & bring to a boil over medium heat. Allow to cook until it begins to thicken a little. Be careful to pay close attention as it can quickly go from a nice syrup to a burnt sugary mess. 2. pour the syrup over the cake whilst it is still hot.
Ingredients, icing: - 200g yogurt (or mascarpone) - 200g heavy cream - 20g icing sugar - 15ml rose water
Directions, icing: 1. in a large bowl, add the cream, icing sugar & rose water. Using a hand mixer, beat until stiff. Fold in the yogurt. 2. allow the cake to cool completely before adding the icing. 3. if you wish to decorate the cake, it looks lovely with rose petals & pistachios.
By the way...
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Tools/ Equipment/ Machinery/ Ingredients:
Electric Scale - Etekcity - http://amzn.to/2xkKpQk
Hand Mixer - Kenwood - http://amzn.to/2xkjowh
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Cake tins & Pie Plates:
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