Cake with lemon, rosewater and pistachios

Preparation time: 20mins
Cooking time:  50mins
Total time: 1h 40mins
Serves: 12

225g  flour
2 ½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
75g ground almonds
80g caster sugar
2 eggs
1 ¼ tbs (50g) runny honey
250ml natural yoghurt
150ml sunflower oil
Finely grated zest of 1 lemon
50g unsalted pistachios, roughly chopped

For the syrup:
150ml water
100g caster sugar
Juice of 1 lemon
1-2tbs rosewater


  1. Sift the flour, baking powder and salt into a large bowl. Add the ground almonds and caster sugar and mix.
  2. Mix the eggs, honey, yoghurt, sunflower oil and lemon zest together well in another bowl.
  3. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and slowly pour in the wet ingredients, bringing them together with a whisk until they are just combined.
  4. Add some chopped pistachios to the mixture.
  5. Pour the mixture into the 22cm spring form cake tin lined with greaseproof paper and bake in the oven at 180°C for 50 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean. Allow to cool in the tin for about 20 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile, make the syrup. In a small saucepan, boil the water and sugar for about 5 minutes until it is reduced by half. Add the lemon juice and boil for a further 2 minutes, then cool and add the rosewater.
  7. Make holes on top of the warm cake with a toothpick and spoon the syrup all over the top. Scatter the pistachios over and leave to cool for 1 hour.

Decorate with rose petals before serving.

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Tags: cake, lemon, pistachios, rosewater


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