“This cake is based on a recipe cooked by my friend Alex from 26 Grains,” explains food writer Anna Jones. “For days after eating this cake, I could think of very little else.
“This is my version. It makes a large loaf and is quite rich, so you’ll get a lot of slices out of it.”
Honey, Almond and Cardamom Drizzle Cake Recipe
For the cake:
- 200g light spelt or plain flour
- 150g ground almonds
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 250g unsalted butter, softened, plus extra for greasing
- 200g demerara sugar
- 150ml honey or maple syrup
- zest of an unwaxed orange
- zest of an unwaxed lemon
- 4 medium organic eggs
For the drizzle:
- 4 cardamom pods
- 4 tablespoons honey or maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon orange blossom water
- 2 teaspoons toasted sesame seeds
- 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
- 1 teaspoon coriander seeds
- a good drizzle of honey or maple syrup
- plain yoghurt of your choice
Heat the oven to 170 degrees Celsius.
Grease a 900g loaf tin and line with baking paper. Put the flour, almonds, baking powder and a good pinch of sea salt into a large mixing bowl and whisk until there are no lumps of baking powder. In a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, or with an electric hand whisk, beat the butter, sugar and honey until creamy and combined.
Add both orange and lemon zests, then the eggs one by one, mixing well between additions.
Add the dry ingredients a large spoonful at a time, again mixing between additions. Tip the mixture into the prepared tin and smooth out the top with the back of a spoon. Bake for 55 minutes to one hour, until the cake is dark golden on top. It will sink a little in the middle.
Take the cake out of the oven and leave in the tin. Bash the cardamom pods in a pestle and mortar to release the seeds, then put the seeds into a small saucepan with all the remaining drizzle ingredients. Bring to a simmer and reduce to a thin syrup – it will thicken a little more as it cools.
Prick the cake a few times with a skewer and pour over the syrup, then leave the cake in the tin until cooled completely. Serve in thick slices, with yoghurt mixed with honey.
One: Pot, Pan, Planet by Anna Jones, photography by Issy Croker, is published by Fourth Estate, available now.
What’s your favourite drizzle cake?
– With PA
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