Persian Love Cake
We're all loved up for this weeks #TwitterBakeAlong. No matter what your particular thoughts or proclivities are, one thing most people can agree on is that the world is a better place with a little love. Whether that's love for someone or something, we'd stand side by side with The Baking Nanna and Robert Allen and declare that "WE LOVE TO BAKE!" Our challenge from Whitworths sugar is really quite simple... Bake with love.
According to food and travel writer Yasmin Khan, this Persian Love Cake is a "cake to win hearts". Roses are synonymous with Valentines Day and a symbol of love around the world, so what better way of celebrating love than to bake a recipe that uses rose water. Distilled in Iran for over 2000 years, rose water has connections with cookery and medicine and, with the addition of cardamom and pistachios, this cake is Persian flavour personified.
Start by creaming butter and sugar until light and fluffy before slowly beating in your eggs. Remove the seeds from your cardamom pods and crush to a powder before adding to your mix with your ground almonds, flour, baking powder, lemon juice and zest and your all important rose water.
Pour the batter into a greased and lined tin and baked at 160 degrees until golden and the cake springs back. Transfer to a cooling rack and get on with your syrup. Heat sugar, more lemon juice and rosewater until all the sugar has melted. Pierce your cake and brush liberally with your syrup.
Now, when it comes to decorating there are all sorts of ways to go. From loved up fondant bears to luscious fruits and frostings but, we just love a simple scatter of yummy treats. Unable to find dried roses (other than smelly pot pourri) we figured the next best thing was the strawberry, after all, they're second only to roses when it comes to edible expressions of love, although there's chocolate, and bubbles and... well you get the idea!
A simple lemon water icing and a scattering of pistachios and dried strawberries and we're done. So here it is, a fragrant, delicately moist, Persian Love Cake. With love from the Gents.