Monday, 17 October 2011

Moosewood Mondays: Albanian Walnut Cake with Lemon Glaze

This is a lovely coffeecake, a nice departure from your regular morning muffins, with warm spices and crunchy walnuts and a delicious citrusy glaze.

I like it with a dollop of Greek yogurt, but if you were feeling extra decadent you could also pair the cake with some ice cream. After all, ice cream goes with everything.

These mornings, as toes ice up in the wee hours, it is nice to have such a comforting coffeecake to wake up to.

I'll put the coffee on!

Albanian Walnut Cake with Lemon Glaze
From Sundays at Moosewood Restaurant
online recipe source

Ingredients

        Cake:
        1/2 cup (125 ml) butter, softened
        3/4 cup (175 ml) sugar
        2 eggs, lightly beaten
        1/3 cup (80 ml) plain yogurt
        1/3 cup (80 ml) buttermilk
        2 cups (475 ml) unbleached white flour
        1 tsp (5 ml). baking powder
        1 tsp (5 ml). baking soda
        1/2 tsp (2 ml). cinnamon
        1 tbsp (15 ml) lemon rind, grated
        1 cup (225 ml) California walnuts, toasted and finely chopped

        Glaze:
        3/4 cup (175 ml) water
        1 cup (225 ml) sugar
        1/2 tsp (2 ml). ground cinnamon
        1/4 cup (60 ml) fresh lemon juice
        1/4 tsp (1 ml). ground allspice
        dash of ground cloves

 Preparation

        Preheat the oven to 350 degrees (175 C.).
        Cake:
        Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy and then mix in the eggs.
        Blend the yogurt with the buttermilk.
        Sift together the dry ingredients and add them alternately with the yogurt mixture into the egg mixture.
        Stir in the lemon rind and California walnuts.
        Pour the batter into a buttered 9 inch x 13 inch baking pan and bake for 30-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out mostly clean.
        The cake should still be moist.
        Glaze:
        Simmer together all the ingredients, covered, for about 15 minutes.
        When the cake is done, remove it from the oven, turn the oven off, pour the glaze over the hot cake.
        Return the cake with glaze to the oven for about 10 minutes.


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