Moroccan Honey and Mint Syrup Cake

10:14 pm on 2 April 2007

A fabulous richly flavoured cake to celebrate the holidays.

Ingredients

For the cake batter

  • 160g butter, softened
  • 310g sugar
  • 1½  teaspoons dried or fresh chopped mint
  • 6 eggs
  • 230g desiccated coconut
  • 210g self-raising flour

For the Mint Syrup

  • 200ml water
  • 180g sugar
  • 1½  cups roughly chopped fresh mint

To finish

  • 75g butter
  • 180g honey
  • 180g flaked almonds
  • Preheat the oven to 170ºC.

Method

Preheat the oven to 150ºC.

Beat the butter, sugar and mint until they begin to change colour. Add small quantities of the egg, coconut and flour, beating well between each addition to prevent the mixture from curdling. Repeat until you have used these ingredients up.

Line a lightly greased 20cm spring-release cake-tin with baking paper. Pour the batter in. Bake for 1–1½  hours (you can make the Mint Syrup during this time).

Check the cake is baked by inserting a skewer in the centre. If it comes out clean, the cake is ready. Remove from the oven and allow it to cool in the tin for 5–10 minutes.

Mint Syrup

Place the water, sugar and mint in a saucepan. Bring to the boil, stirring occasionally to ensure the sugar is dissolved. Remove from the heat and allow to cool for 30–45 minutes. Strain through a sieve and discard the mint leaves. Use the syrup as directed.

To finish

With the cake still in the tin, prick 60–70 holes in the top. Pour the Mint Syrup evenly over the cake, allowing it to soak in.

Place the butter, honey and almonds in a saucepan and melt together, stirring until well combined. Do not allow to boil. Remove from the heat and immediately spread this topping on the cake.

Place the cake back in the oven and bake the topping to a light amber colour, approximately 15 minutes. Remove and allow to cool in the tin for 20–30 minutes.

Remove the cake from the tin carefully and remove the baking paper gently while still warm.

Dust with icing sugar before serving.

Suggested wines to compliment this recipe

Pinot Gris

Seresin Estate 2006

Grove Mill 2006

Jules Taylor 2006

Or

Dessert Wine

Brown Bros Orange Muscat Flora 2006

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