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Recipe: Olive Oil, Pistachio & Lemon Cake

This simple but delicious cake is made in a food processor, so it takes just minutes to prepare. Serve it with a simple lemon and sugar glaze and sprinkle with a few roughly chopped pistachios and dried rose petals

Serves: 10 to 12

Top Tip:

To make this cake vegan, swap out the eggs with this alternative: 1 tablespoon of ground flaxseed and 3 tablespoons of water for every egg

 

INGREDIENTS:

For the cake

200ml (7fl oz) olive oil, plus extra for greasing

140g (5oz) shelled pistachios, plus a few extra for decoration

65g (2oz) ground almonds

65g (2oz) gluten-free plain flour

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp fine sea salt

200g (7oz) caster sugar

4 large eggs

Zest of 1 lemon


For the glaze

200g (7oz) icing sugar

2–3 tablespoons lemon juice

Pinch of fine sea salt

Chopped pistachios

Dried rose petals

 

METHOD:


1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/160°C Fan/Gas mark 4. Lightly grease a 15x40cm baking tin and line with a strip of parchment paper that overhangs the long sides, securing it in place with metal clips.

2. Place the pistachios in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the blade attachment and pulse until they are finely ground. Tip into a large bowl along with the ground almonds, flour, baking powder and salt and mix together.

3. Put the sugar, eggs and lemon zest in the processor bowl and process for about a minute. With the machine still running, slowly pour in the oil. Once fully combined, add the mixed dry ingredients and process for a second or two until evenly incorporated. Pour the batter into the prepared tin and spread evenly.

4. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until lightly browned and the cake is set in the middle. Set aside to cool completely in the tin before using the parchment paper to lift it out.

5. For the glaze, mix the icing sugar, lemon juice and salt in a bowl until you have a thick but pourable paste. Pour it over the cake, allowing it to drip down the sides. Sprinkle with a few extra chopped pistachios and dried rose petals to decorate.

 

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