Fluffy egg-free pistachio cakes with orange syrup and dates

Fluffy egg-free pistachio cakes with orange syrup and dates

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Anjum's Indian Vegetarian Feast
Makes
8
Photographer
Emma Lee

I was at first very sceptical at how an egg-free cake would taste and, more importantly, how the texture would be. This recipe was given to me by a friend of mine, Divya, about three years ago. I have to say it was a revelation. It has a lovely texture and crumb and the cake is light and rises really well. The orange syrup adds a lovely sour, sticky note and the dates a great chewy texture, propelling this simple cake into an elegant, impressive dessert. The cakes can be made a day in advance, they won’t be hot but they will still be delicious. You can also make one large cake; just make sure it is cooked all the way through by testing with a toothpick.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient

For the cakes

Quantity Ingredient
150g unsalted butter, at room temperature, plus more for the moulds
360-370ml condensed milk
150g pistachios, ground to a coarse powder
260g plain flour, sifted
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
pinch salt

To finish

Quantity Ingredient
2 large organic oranges, both juiced and 1 finely zested
6 tablespoons caster sugar
8 large unsweetened dates, sliced
creme fraiche, to serve
handful pistachios, chopped, to serve

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 190°C. Line the base of eight 150–200 ml pudding moulds (mine are metal) with greaseproof paper and butter the sides well.
  2. Beat together the condensed milk and butter until well blended and creamy. Stir in 240 ml of water, add all the remaining ingredients and stir well to mix.
  3. Spoon evenly into the moulds; the mixture will be thick. Place in the middle of the oven and bake for 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.
  4. Meanwhile, pour the orange juice and zest and the sugar into a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Simmer until, when you drop a bit on a cold plate, it feels slightly syrupy to the touch. It will continue to thicken further as it cools.
  5. Place a cake on a plate and spoon over some orange syrup. Place the date slices on the syrup and spoon a generous dollop of the crème fraîche on the side, or on top. Scatter over a few pistachios and serve.
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Indian
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