LIME YOGURT CAKE

Deserts (Dessert (8 servings))

Ingredients
225 g self-rising flour
1 tsp baking powder
a pinch of salt
75 g ground almonds
100 g fine granulated sugar
2 medium eggs
50 g liquid honey
2 ½ dl Greek yogurt
1 ½ dl sunflower oil
finely grated zest of 1 lime
50 g unsalted pistachios, roughly chopped

For the syrup
1 ½ dl water
100 g fine granulated sugar
juice of 1 lime
1-2 tbsp rose water

For the decoration
slices of mango or summer fruit

Preparation

Preheat the oven to 180°C. Grease a 22 cm baking tin and put baking paper on the bottom of it. Strain flour with baking powder and salt in a bowl. Add ground almonds and granulated sugar and mix well. In a separate bowl, stir eggs, honey, yogurt and sunflower oil. Add the lime zest and mix well. Make a hole in the middle of the dry ingredients and pour in the liquid mixture slowly. Mix with a spatula until it blends. Add pistachios and mix through. Pour the batter into the prepared baking tin, put the cake in the oven and bake for 40-50 minutes; a skewer inserted in the middle should be dry and clean. Let the cake cool down for about 20 minutes in the tin. Meanwhile, make the syrup: Boil the water with sugar for 5 minutes in a saucepan, letting it bubble down to a half. Add the lime juice and cook for 2 minutes. Let the syrup cool down and stir the rose water through it. Make small holes with a skewer on the top of the warm cake and pour the syrup over it with a spoon. Let cool. Serve the cake in pieces with whipped cream or yogurt and garnish with summer fruit or mango slices.

 

Rose water

Rose water

The best rose water is the one that has been distilled, but this is not an easy thing to do by yourself.

Rose flavoured  sugar

Rose flavoured sugar

Here is another quick and easy recipe. Rose sugar is ideal as sweetener for teas or cakes, since it will give your beverages and sweets a nice rose flavour.

FRAGRANT ROSE BONBONS

FRAGRANT ROSE BONBONS

Briefly boil the sugar, citric acid, strawberry puree and honey.

Rose Petal Preserve

Rose Petal Preserve

Preserving whole fruit or large pieces of fruit by cooking them with sugar syrup is a part of traditional cuisine in the Balkans.

Festive aperitif drink

Festive aperitif drink

Put some rose petals in a glass of cold dry white wine or prosecco, let it sit for couple of minutes before serving.