Honey, Walnut and Cardamon Baklava Cake




Introduction: Honey, Walnut and Cardamon Baklava Cake

About: I have always loved to cook and share my food with others. Whether exploring new recipes and foods from all over the world or cooking an old comfort food favourite. It is always important to cook with love...

An interesting combination of honey, walnut and cardamon in a polenta cake drizzled with a citrusy, sticky syrup.  Delicious :)  This recipe is inspired by the combination of baklava (a middle eastern/mediterranean sweet) and a Jewish honey cake which is traditionally served at Rosh Hashanah.  This cake would make a great after dinner sweet with a black coffee (however I also had it for breakfast this morning - all in the name of recipe testing....?!)

preparation time: 15-20 minutes
cooking time: 20-25 minutes

cake ingredients: 
1 stick butter (at room temperature)
1 cup soft brown sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup milk
1 cup crushed walnuts (this recipe would also work well with crushed pistachios, almonds, or hazlenuts)
1 vanilla pod/1 tsp vanilla essence
2 cups fine cornmeal/polenta
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
12 cardamon pods (seeds removed and crushed- about 1 tsp of seeds)
pinch of salt

syrup ingredients:
1 cup sugar
2 tbs honey
1 cup water (or mix of water and orange/lemon juice)
vanilla pod (left over from removing the seeds for the cake mixture)

Step 1:

  • add the sugar and butter to a bowl and beat with an electric whisk for about 3-4 minutes - until it is lighter in colour and well combined

Step 2:

  •  add eggs and milk and whisk until combined - it may curdle but don't worry as that will change when you add the polenta/corn meal

Step 3:

  • fold in the cornmeal/polenta, baking powder, baking soda, vanilla, crushed walnuts, crushed cardamon seeds and a pinch of salt - mix until just combined - you don't want to over mix as this will produce a heavy cake.

Step 4:

  • pour the cake batter into a greased/lined baking dish/tin.  I used a rectangular dish approx 10x14 inches.

Step 5:

  • smooth over the top of the cake and bake for about 20 minutes until it is golden and feels firm to the touch

Step 6:

  • while the cake is baking add all the syrup ingredients together and bring to the boil for about 1 minute - or until the sugar is dissolved.  Be careful - hot sugar syrup splashing onto skin NOT good! Carefully take off the heat and leave to one side until the cake is done.   

Step 7:

  • when cake is removed from oven carefully pour syrup all over the cake then leave to cool before slicing into squares.

I hope you enjoy!  If you like this recipe you can check out my other recipes at http://chipbuttiesandnoodlesoup.blogspot.co.uk/

Happy baking :)

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