Moroccan honey cake

Moroccan honey cake

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Rustic
Serves
10
Makes
1 cake

This cake is inspired by Dee’s family connections with Morocco. Almost two decades ago, returning from a honey-hunting trip north of Rabat with her mother-in-law, they stopped at the side of the road under the shade of a tree. There her mother-in-law lit a small burner, placed a terracotta dish on top and proceeded to make something like a caramel out of melted sugar, honey and almonds. She then made a large, frothy pancake batter, known as a baghrir, and poured it on to the browned almonds. Flipped over, the resulting sweet, crispy pancake, sprinkled with orange-flavoured water, was a delight. This cake goes particularly well with fresh mint tea.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
500g salted butter, plus extra for greasing
500g caster sugar
8 eggs
400g self-raising flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
100g ground almonds
pinch salt
100ml buttermilk
300g honey
250g toasted flaked almonds

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C and grease a 28 cm round springform cake tin.
  2. Cream together the butter and the sugar in a large mixing bowl until light and creamy. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, until well combined.
  3. In a separate mixing bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, ground almonds and salt.
  4. Fold the dry ingredients into the butter mixture, then pour in the buttermilk and gently mix this in.
  5. Pour the batter into the greased tin, smooth and bake for 45 minutes until the cake springs back when pressed. Remove from the oven and, with the cake still in the tin, slowly drizzle over the honey, allowing it to soak into the cake, and then sprinkle over the flaked almonds. Leave to cool in the tin before slicing and serving.
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