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This month in honour of Passover, I'm delighted to share my recipe for Passover Baklavah Cake.
Baklava Passover Cake in Soaking Syrup
A Middle Eastern tone is a definite part of this cake's appeal. A very nutty cake is suffused with honey-citrus soaking syrup, much like baklava in its concept but flour-free, making it suitable for Passover. This is a rich, sweet cake and a small one, as this one is, goes a long way.
3/4 cup white sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup oil
3 tablespoons orange juice
1 teaspoon orange zest, finely minced
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon (1/2 teaspoon for a more pronounced cinnamon flavour)
1/2 cup matzoh cake meal
1/2 cup finely chopped hazelnuts or almonds
1 cup finely chopped walnuts
Honey Soaking Syrup
2/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup honey
1/3 cup orange juice
1/4 cup water
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
Preheat the oven to 350 F. Generously grease a 7 inch round layer cake pan (if you do not have one, you can use a round, foil pan of the same or similar size available in the supermarket bake aisle)
In a medium-sized mixing bowl, using a wire whisk, beat the sugar, oil, and eggs. Beat very well until mixture is thick and a pale yellow. Stir in orange juice, zest, salt, cinnamon, cake meal, and nuts. Turn batter into prepared pan.
Bake for 35-40 minutes or until top is light brown and set. (Cool at least twenty minute before adding syrup). Meanwhile prepare Soaking Syrup.
Soaking Syrup: In a medium saucepan, heat the sugar, honey, orange juice, water, lemon juice, and cinnamon. Heat to dissolve sugar and simmer 5-10 minutes until mixture becomes syrupy. Cool well.
Pour syrup over cooled cake, poking holes in cake with a fork, to permit syrup to penetrate cake. Allow to stand 2-4 hours to absorb syrup. I prefer to refrigerate this cake so that while it is absorbing liquid, it is also firming up. Also, the chilled cake offsets its innate sweetness and makes it easier to cut. Serve it on muffin liners, splayed out as pastry or confectionary cups.