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APRICOT ALMOND CAKE WITH ROSEWATER AND CARDAMOM



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This is my idea of a perfect cake: simple, beautiful, fragrant and beguiling. I've been making this sort of cake, in one form or another, since my clementine cake in "How To Eat," and I can't help but feel, with a certain calm excitement, that it has reached its apogee here. This is invitingly easy to make, and while I love the poetry of its ingredients, the cake doesn't overwhelm with its Thousand-and-One-Nights scent. Rosewater can be a tricky ingredient: a little, and it's all exotic promise; a fraction too much and we're in bubble bath territory. One of the things that makes this so easy, is that you can throw all the ingredients into a food processor. But if you don't have one, simply chop the prepared dried apricots and cardamom seeds very finely and then beat together with the remaining cake ingredients.

Provided by Nigella Lawson : Food Network

Categories     dessert

Time 20m

Yield 8 to 10 slices

Number Of Ingredients 14

150 grams (5.3 ounces) dried apricots
250 milliliters (1 cup) cold water
2 cardamom pods (cracked)
Nonstick cooking spray or sunflower oil, for greasing
200 grams (7 ounces) almond meal
50 grams (1.8 ounces) fine polenta (not instant)
1 teaspoon baking powder (gluten-free if required)
150 grams (5.3 ounces) superfine sugar
6 large eggs
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon rose water
2 teaspoons rose petal jam or 2 teaspoons apricot jam
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
2 1/2 teaspoons very finely chopped pistachios

Steps:

  • Put the dried apricots into a small saucepan, cover them with the 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. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C/gas mark 4/350 degrees F. Grease the sides of your springform cake tin and line the bottom with baking parchment.
  • Remove 5 of the dried apricots and tear each in half, then set aside for the time being. Discard the cardamom husks, leaving the seeds in the pan.
  • Pour and scrape out the sticky contents of the pan into the bowl of a food processor. Add the almond meal, polenta, baking powder, superfine sugar and eggs, and give a good long blitz to combine.
  • Open the top of the processor, scrape down the batter, add 2 teaspoons of lemon juice and the rosewater, and blitz again, then scrape into the prepared tin and smooth with a spatula. Arrange the apricot halves around the circumference of the tin.
  • 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.
  • 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 unspringing and removing to a plate.

APRICOT ALMOND CAKE WITH ROSEWATER AND CARDAMOM



Apricot almond cake with rosewater and cardamom image

This is my idea of a perfect cake: simple, beautiful, fragrant and beguiling. I've been making this sort of cake, in one form or another, since my clementine cake in How To Eat, and I can't help but feel, with a certain calm excitement, that it has reached its apogee here. For this recipe you will need a 20cm/8in round springform cake tin and a food processor.

Provided by Nigella Lawson

Categories     Cakes and baking

Yield Serves 8-10

Number Of Ingredients 13

150g/5½oz ready-to-eat dried apricots
2 cardamom pods, cracked
200g/7oz ground almonds
50g/1¾oz fine polenta (not instant)
1 tsp baking powder (gluten-free if required)
150g/5½oz caster sugar
6 large free-range eggs
2 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp rosewater
non-stick cooking spray or sunflower oil for greasing
2 tsp rose petal or apricot jam
1 tsp lemon juice
2½ tsp very finely chopped pistachios

Steps:

  • 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.
  • Preheat the oven to 180C/160C Fan/Gas 4. Grease the sides of the springform cake tin and line the bottom with baking parchment.
  • Remove 5 of the dried apricots and tear each in half, then set aside. Discard the cardamom husks, leaving the seeds in the pan.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

APRICOT ALMOND CAKE WITH ROSEWATER & CARDAMOM



Apricot Almond Cake With Rosewater & Cardamom image

This is my idea of a perfect cake: simple, beautiful, fragrant and beguiling. I've been making this sort of cake, in one form or another, since my clementine cake in How To Eat, and I can't help but feel, with a certain calm excitement, that it has reached its apogee here. One of the things that makes this so easy, is that you can throw all the ingredients into a food processor. But if you don't have one, simply chop the prepared dried apricots and cardamom seeds very finely and then beat together with the remaining cake ingredients. (Recipe courtesy Simply Nigella)

Provided by Nigella Lawson

Categories     Dessert

Time 1h30m

Yield 8-10 slices

Number Of Ingredients 14

150 g dried apricots
250 ml cold water
2 cardamom pods (cracked)
200 g ground almonds
50 g fine polenta (not instant)
1 teaspoon baking powder (gluten-free if required)
150 g caster sugar
6 large eggs
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon rose water
nonstick cooking spray or sunflower oil, for greasing
2 teaspoons rose petals or 2 teaspoons apricot jam
1 teaspoon lemon juice
2 1/2 teaspoons very finely chopped pistachios

Steps:

  • Equipment: 1 x 20cm/8-inch round springform cake tin.
  • Put the dried apricots into a small saucepan, cover them with the 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. Preheat the oven to 180°C/gas mark 4/350ºF. Grease the sides of your springform cake tin and line the bottom with baking parchment.
  • Remove 5 of the dried apricots and tear each in half, then set aside for the time being. Discard the cardamom husks, leaving the seeds in the pan.
  • Pour and scrape out the sticky contents of the pan into the bowl of a food processor. Add the almond meal, polenta, baking powder, superfine sugar and eggs, and give a good long blitz to combine.
  • Open the top of the processor, scrape down the batter, add 2 teaspoons of lemon juice and the rosewater, and blitz again, then scrape into the prepared tin and smooth with a spatula. Arrange the apricot halves around the circumference of the tin.
  • 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.
  • 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 unspringing and removing to a plate.
  • STORE NOTE: Store in an airtight container in a cool place for 5-7 days. In hot weather (or if the central heating's on) keep in fridge.
  • FREEZE NOTE: The cake can be made ahead and frozen for up to 3 months (though the nuts may soften slightly on defrosting). Wrap the fully cooled cake (still on the springform tin base) tightly in a double layer of clingfilm and a layer of foil. To defrost, unwrap and leave it (still on the tin base) on a plate at room temperature for about 4 hours.

Nutrition Facts : Calories 342.9, Fat 16.6, SaturatedFat 2.2, Cholesterol 139.5, Sodium 104.1, Carbohydrate 41.5, Fiber 5, Sugar 30, Protein 11.3

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Top Asked Questions

How do you make dried apricot cake with cardamom seeds?
Grease the sides of your springform cake tin and line the bottom with baking parchment. Remove 5 of the dried apricots and tear each in half, then set aside for the time being. Discard the cardamom husks, leaving the seeds in the pan. Pour and scrape out the sticky contents of the pan into the bowl of a food processor.
How do you bake a Christmas cake with dried apricots?
Preheat the oven to 180°C/160°C Fan/gas mark 4/350ºF. Grease the sides of your springform cake tin and line the bottom with baking parchment. Remove 5 of the dried apricots and tear each in half, then set aside for the time being. Discard the cardamom husks, leaving the seeds in the pan.
What is the best way to make almond butter cake?
Add the ground almonds, polenta, baking powder, caster sugar and eggs, and give a good long blitz to combine. Open the top of the processor, scrape down the batter, add 2 teaspoons of lemon juice and the rosewater, and blitz again, then scrape into the prepared tin and smooth with a spatula.
What is the best way to cook dried apricots?
KITCHEN KIT 1 x 20cm round springform cake tin ● Put the dried apricots into a small saucepan, cover them with the cold water and drop in the cracked cardamom pods with their fragrant seeds.

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