Shamali Cake

  • Cooking Time40 mins
  • Serves8
  • DifficultyEasy

For the cake:

400g semolina
190g caster sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp mastic
Zest of an orange
170g natural yoghurt
2 medium eggs
120ml sunflower oil

For the syrup?

250g caster sugar
300ml water
Juice of an orange
25g pistachio nuts, to serve

1. Line the base of a 20cm spring form cake tin with baking parchment.

2. Heat your oven to 190°C/Gas Mark 5. Place all the cake ingredients into a mixing bowl and beat with a wooden spoon until you have a smooth thick mixture. Pour into the prepared tin, smooth the top to level. Bake for 40 minutes until the cake is risen and when a skewer is inserted it comes out clean.

3. To make the syrup heat the sugar, water and orange juice. Bring to the boil then lower the heat and simmer for 3 minutes.

4. Remove the cake from the oven and place on a cooling rack. Pour over the hot syrup then scatter over the chopped pistachio nuts. Leave to cool before serving.

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