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Preparation time:
25 min
Cooking Time:
30 min
Ready In:
1 h
Level of Difficulty:
Moderate
Servings:
8
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A  perfect cake: simple, beautiful, fragrant and beguiling.

Apricot almond cake with rosewater and cardamom

Posted in: Cakes / Cheesecakes
Wed, Sep 6, 2017, 20:47, 1 Year ago
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Directions

Method

  1. Put the dried apricots into a small saucepan, cover them with 250ml/9fl oz cold water, and drop in the cracked cardamom pods with their fragrant seeds. Put on the heat, then bring to the boil and let it bubble for 10 minutes – don’t stray too far away from the pan, as by the end of the 10 minutes the pan will be just about out of water and you want to make sure it doesn’t actually run dry as the apricots will absorb more water as they cool. Take the pan off the heat, place on a cold, heatproof surface and let the apricots cool.

  2. Preheat the oven to 180C/160C Fan/Gas 4. Grease the sides of the springform cake tin and line the bottom with baking parchment.

  3. Remove 5 of the dried apricots and tear each in half, then set aside. Discard the cardamom husks, leaving the seeds in the pan.

  4. Pour and scrape out the sticky contents of the pan into the bowl of a food processor. Add the ground almonds, polenta, baking powder, caster sugar and eggs, and give a good long blitz to combine.

  5. Open the top of the processor, scrape down the batter, add 2 teaspoons of lemon juice and the rosewater, and blitz again. Scrape into the prepared tin and smooth with a spatula. Arrange the apricot halves around the circumference of the tin.

  6. Bake for 40 minutes, though if the cake is browning up a lot before it’s actually ready, you may want to cover loosely with foil at the 30-minute mark. When it’s ready, the cake will be coming away from the edges of the tin, the top will feel firm, and a cake tester will come out with just one or two damp crumbs on it.

  7. Remove the cake to a wire rack. If you’re using apricot jam to decorate, you may want to warm it a little first so that it’s easier to spread; rose petal jam is so lusciously soft-set, it shouldn’t need any help. Stir a teaspoon of lemon juice into the jam and brush over the top of the cake, then sprinkle with the chopped pistachios and leave the cake to cool in its tin before removing to a plate.

Ingredients

150g/5½oz ready-to-eat dried apricots2 cardamom pods, cracked200g/7oz ground almonds50g/1¾oz fine polenta (not instant)1 tsp baking powder (gluten-free if required)150g/5½oz caster sugar6 large free-range eggs2 tsp lemon juice1 tsp rosewaternon-stick cooking spray or sunflower oil for greasing2 tsp rose petal or apricot jam1 tsp lemon juice2½ tsp very finely chopped pistachios

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