Honey + Almond Cakes w Rose Ganache

Honey + Almond Cakes with Rose Ganache

Makes 8 small or 1 large cake (pudding basin)

This is an Italian cake recipe borrowed from Silvia Colloca, only slightly adapted. I love this cake, it's not too sweet, has a great texture and keeps well. It is traditionally made in a pudding basin with a chocolate glaze however I thought these mini tins were very cute. I made more of a chocolate ganache instead of a glaze and also put in some rosewater because I just love the delicate flavour of rose with rich chocolate. 

 

Cakes:

6 eggs, separated

3 tablespoons honey

170g raw sugar

60g softened butter

160g almond meal

140g self-raising flour

40g spelt flour

2 1/2 tablespoons milk

finely grated zest of 1 lemon

pinch of salt flakes

 

Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Beat the egg yolks with the honey, sugar and butter until pale and creamy. Add the almond meal, flours, milk and lemon zest and stir to combine.

Beat the egg whites with a pinch of salt until you have soft peaks. Gently fold whites into the cake mix...at this stage I needed to add a little more milk to loosen the batter before adding the egg whites.

Grease the tins, I used spray oil, and pop in the oven for about 40 mins. It may need longer if you are using a large pudding basin. The cakes are ready when they are a nice dark golden colour and a skewer comes out clean. Leave in the tins to cool for about an hour, and then turn onto wire rack to cool completely. The cakes will have risen quite high out of the tins, I used a serrated knife to cut them down level with the tins (and ate the scraps). 

Glaze:

150ml cream

75g dark chocolate

2 teaspoons rosewater*

Heat the cream until almost boiling point, add the chocolate and let sit for a minute or two. Give it a good whisk until its lovely and glossy. Add rosewater. Cool the ganache until it starts to thicken and pour over the cakes, finish with some edible dried rose petals to decorate.

* I love rose so 2 teaspoons was beautiful for me, if your not sure about it just start with 1 and add to your liking.

 

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Loren Clarke