Ravani - Moist Semolina Cake

Kathy Tsaples

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup semolina
  • 1 cup almonds, blanched, toasted and roughly chopped
  • 2 cups self raising flour, sifted
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • Rind of 1 lemon
  • 6 eggs
  • 250g butter at room temp
  • Juice of 2 oranges
  • 2 tbsp cognac or brandy
  • 1 cup of caster. Sugar
  • Shredded coconut as garnish

Syrup

  • 1 wedge of lemon
  • 3 ½ cups water
  • 3 cups sugar

Method:

  1. Preheat your oven to 175 ̊C.
  2. Make the syrup by bringing the sugar, water and lemon wedge to a boil, then simmering for 10 minutes. Take the syrup off the heat and cool down completely.
  3. To begin making the cake, cream the butter with the sugar using the paddle-wheel attachment of the electric mixer. Add the eggs one at a time, then the lemon rind.
  4. Reduce the mixer’s speed and add the orange juice and cognac.
  5. Combine the semolina and the baking powder. Slowly add the self-raising flour to the mixing bowl, followed by the combined semolina and baking powder.
  6. Mix in the almonds.
  7. Thoroughly butter and flour a square cake tin, then pour in the mixture.
  8. Bake for approximately 45 minutes.
  9. Once the cake is ready, take it out of the oven and pour the cold syrup over the hot cake. Cover with a tea towel for about an hour, allowing the cake to soak up the syrup.
  10. Cut into squares and garnish by sprinkling shredded coconut on top.

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