Sheetal Kamat

I was on lookout for something more like pound cake yet not something plain for Ajoy's birthday celebration. He enjoys plain cake more than anything so something based of that yet something more richer would make perfect for the occasion. I wanted to either use lemon or orange especially after seeing all these food networks making use of their zest. So when i found a recipe for this cake in one of the books i have, i modified it bit to his taste and came up with this.

Lemon And Apricot Cake
Ingredients
3 Cup Maida
175g Apricot
1 Cup Almonds
1.25 Cup Pistachios
2/3 Cup Sliced Almonds
2 Cup Sugar
1 + 1/3 Cup Butter
1.25 Spoon Baking Powder
3 Eggs
1/3 Spoon Salt
1 big Lemon

Method
  • Preheat oven to 180C/350F
  • In a bowl, blend butter and 1.5 Cup sugar together till smooth
  • Sieve together maida and baking powder 3-4 times.
  • Add it to the butter-sugar mixture.
  • Add in eggs, salt, zest of the lemon and 1/2 cup of warm water and blend till smooth.
  • Fold in chopped apricot, 1 cup almonds powdered and 1 cup pistachios chopped.
  • Line the loaf pan or any other cake pan you want to use with parchment paper on bottom as well as sides and spoon all the batter in it.
  • Put remaining pistachios and sliced almonds over the mixture and press it lightly over the cake.
  • Bake the cake in oven for 75 minutes on 180C/350F, covering the top with foil after around 50 minutes.
  • Take it out of the oven and let it rest for 10 minutes.
  • In the mean time, over medium heat with constant stirring, cook lemon juice of the lemon with remaining sugar till sugar dissolves completely an mixture bubbles up slightly.
  • Pour the mixture over the cake and then take out the cake on wire rack to let it cool completely.

Notes
Covering the top midway into baking helps not overcooking the nuts and burning them. The lemon-sugar syrup adds the flavor as well as a little moistness to the cake.

5 comments:
  1. lovely combination for the cake looks wonderful


  2. Ajoy Nandi said...

    looks great ... tastes even better


  3. Anonymous said...

    nice idea.. thanks for sharing....


  4. Anonymous said...

    Great recipe...I have a question, Can I substitute egg with something to make it an eggless cake?


  5. @Anonymous: May be, i am not sure. I dont try eggless cake often so i am not 100% sure how you make the cake eggless but most of the eggless cake use oil to make the cake fluffy instead of egg.


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