Sunday, March 12, 2006

Raspberry and pistachio cake

This cake is just like the ones I like: practical, quick to prepare and delicious. The buttermilk makes the cake very moist. When you take a bite you have a very fluffy and moist cake, with a fabulous tangy taste of the raspberries and the crunchiness of the pistachio. Soooooo good. You can omit the icing if you just want to have a nice, straight forward cake. I got this recipe from Donna Hay magazine, issue 5.

125g unsalted butter, softened

280g sugar

2 teaspoons finely grated orange rind

2 eggs

250g plain flour

2 ½ teaspoons baking powder

250ml buttermilk

1 cup frozen raspberries

½ cup chopped pistachios


1 cup icing sugar sifted

2 tablespoons fresh orange juice

Pre-heat the oven to 180oC/350oF/160o fan assisted oven. Line a 9 x 23 cm loaf tin with a non stick baking paper.

Place the butter, sugar and orange rind in the bowl of an electric mixer and beat for 6 minutes or until light and creamy. Add the eggs and beat well. Fold through the flour, baking powder and buttermilk. Gently fold through the raspberries and pistachios.

Spoon the mixture in the prepared pan and bake for 55 minutes or until cooked when tested with a skewer. Allow to cool in the tin for 5 minutes, and then turn out onto a wire rack.

To make the icing, mix the sugar and orange juice until smooth, then drizzle over the cooled cake.


Fran said...

This looks so delicious! I have never used pistachios in baking. Will have to try it now. Thanks.

Pille said...

This looks just gorgeous, Valentina! I reckon this will be the next cake I bake..

valentina said...

Fran, it that's the case I must give you a recipe of a beautiful pistachio cake by Nigel Slater. In fact it might be somewhere in this blog.Will look it up.
Pille, this cake is very moist. Really lovely.; o)

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