June is a month of celebrations – Father’s Day, Eid al-Fitr, school graduation – and what better way to celebrate than with cake? Made from a blend of delicate nut meals and yogurt, this gluten-free Persian love cake has the perfect citrus flavour to brighten up any summer fête. Read on to find out how you can whip up this easy treat for you and your loved ones!
Here’s what you’ll need:
1 ½ c almond meal
1 ½ c pistachio meal
¾ c white sugar
¾ c light brown sugar
2/3 c melted butter
1/8 tsp salt
1 c plain Greek yogurt
1 tsp ground cardamom
2 tsp rosewater
1/8 tsp salt
½ tsp orange zest
150 ml fresh orange juice
4 Tbsp rose water
½ c sugar
Pistachios, almond slices, pomegranate seeds, edible rose petals, whipped cream
Let’s get started!
First things first: preheat the oven to 350 F. Then grease a 9 inch round springform pan, lining the bottom and sides with parchment paper.
Now we’ll prepare the crust. Mix together the almond meal, pistachio meal, sugar, butter and salt in a large bowl. Mix thoroughly until it resembles wet sand.
Then divide the nut mixture in half and pour one half into the pan. Press it firmly into the bottom and sides of the prepared pan.
Now for the filling: whisk together the eggs, yogurt, cardamom, rosewater, salt and orange zest.
Then stir in the remainder of the nut mixture and mix until smooth. Pour this batter into the pan on top of the crust.
Bake for 45-50 minutes until set on top and golden. Cool overnight or at least for 4-5 hours in the refrigerator.
While the cake is baking, prepare the rose orange syrup. In a small sauce pan over medium heat, stir together the orange juice, rosewater and sugar. Bring to a boil over high heat and let boil for 6-7 minutes until it thickens. Then remove it from heat and let cool.
Wait for the cake to fully set, and drizzle the syrup over top of the cake. Finally garnish with pistachios, almond slices, pomegranate seeds, edible rose petals, and fresh whipped cream.
Now cut yourself a slice and enjoy!
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