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Pistachio and saffron cake with yoghurt glaze

You'll need

  Cake 220 gm soft butter 250 gm raw caster sugar 3 eggs 1 lemon rind, finely grated ½ tsp saffron threads moistened in 50ml warm milk 265 gm (1 cup) sheeps’ milk or thick natural yoghurt 125 gm pistachios, finely ground 100 gm plain flour 1 tsp baking powder To serve: pistachio slivers   Yoghurt glaze 55 gm sheeps’ milk yoghurt 2 tsp lemon juice 155 gm pure icing sugar


  • 01
  • Preheat oven to 160C. Using an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well to combine, then add lemon rind, saffron and milk and beat to combine. Add yoghurt, pistachios, flour and baking powder and fold to combine. Spoon into a buttered and base-lined 28cm fluted tart pan and bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden and centre springs back when lightly pressed. Cool in pan for 10 minutes, then remove from pan and cool on a wire rack placed over a tray.
  • 02
  • Meanwhile for yoghurt glaze, combine yoghurt and lemon juice in a small bowl and mix until smooth, sieve over icing sugar and mix to combine, adding a little water if necessary to reach a drizzling consistency. Pour over cake while still warm, allowing to drip over sides. Scatter with pistachio slivers and serve warm or at room temperature.

At A Glance

  • Serves 10 people
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At A Glance

  • Serves 10 people

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Oct 2007

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