Wednesday, June 07, 2006
Lemon Sour Cream Pistachio Cake
In a hurry, and need to whip up something fast, yet substantial, and cakey? Well, if you like tangy cakes, which are really quite rare commercially, try out this recipe. I know it might look similar to some other cake that has been posted here, but hey, a butter cake is a butter cake, and short of plonking in artificial coloring, the predominant colors of egg and butter will render it that unmistakable rich yellow.
250gms butter, softened slightly
1 ¼ cup castor sugar (original recipe 2 cups)
grated rind of 2 plump lemons
juice of one plump lemon (yar, use back the same ones that was shaven)
2 cups plain flour
¼ cup self raising flour (though I don't see HOW this small amount could make a difference)
1 cup of pistachios
1 tub (about 200gms) sour cream. (The local SUNGLO brand will suffice. No need for exorbitantly priced creme fraiche or bulla's sour cream)
1. Oreheat oven to moderately slow, I think 160C or so, and line a 8" round tin.
2. Cream the butter with the sugar and rind, until light and fluffy.
3. Beat in eggs one at a time. The resulting mixture should be a glorious yellowy batter.
4. Add in half the sour cream, and half the sifted flours. Mix. Repeat procedure.
(note: the next time I make this, I am just gonna beat in the sour cream so that it's properly mixed. I somehow can't seem to get the sour cream to "dissolve" entirely into the batter, resulting in some clumps of sour cream in the finished cake, which is not nice).
5. Chuck in pistachios and stir until all mixed. Pour into the pan and bake for 1 hour or so.
6. Serve with a dollop of fresh pure cream. It really is the best complement to the slightly sweet, sour, tangy taste of the cake.
You can probably tweak the sweetness vs sourness depending on your sour threshold. As I said, it's unlikely you'll find anything like this commercially, in this land of condensed milk and diabetes inducing teh tarik, because it probably is too sour for the general populace. Adjust accordingly by trial and error. Helpful eh?!