Recipe of the Week: Strawberry Watermelon Cake

I have allowed myself to change the original recipe to make it a healthier version:

INGREDIENTS

  • 250 gm seedless watermelon, thinly sliced
  • 60 ml (¼ cup) rosewater
  • 4 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 40 gm almond meal
  • 500 gm strawberries (about 2 punnets), halved
  • 10 seedless red grapes, halved
  • 1 tablespoon slivered pistachios (see note)
  • 1 tablespoon dried rose petals (see note)

Almond dacquoise

  • 150 gm almonds, coarsely chopped
  • 150 gm finely chopped dates
  • 5 egg whites
  • 100 g sugar

Rose-scented yoghurt cream

  • 300 ml coconut yoghurt
  • 30 gm raw sugar
  • 2 tablespoons rosewater
  • gelatine powder

METHOD

 

For almond dacquoise, preheat oven to 200°C. Process almonds and dates and in a food processor until finely ground. Whisk egg whites in an electric mixer until soft peaks form (3-4 minutes), then gradually add caster sugar and whisk until stiff peaks form (1-2 minutes). Gently fold through almond mixture, spread on a 30cm x 40cm oven tray lined with baking paper and bake until golden (10-15 minutes). Set aside to cool on tray, then cut in half lengthways.

Arrange watermelon slices in a single layer on a wire rack. Sprinkle with 20ml rosewater and maple syrup. Stand to macerate (30 minutes), then pat dry with absorbent paper.

Meanwhile, whisk coconut yoghurt and sugar in an electric mixer, gradually add rosewater and gelatine and refrigerate to thicken.

Spread one-third of rose yoghurt cream evenly over one half of dacquoise, scatter with half the almond meal, then top with watermelon, trimming to fill any gaps. Scatter over remaining almond meal, spread over half remaining cream. Top with remaining dacquoise, spread over remaining y-cream and refrigerate until firm (1-2 hours).

Combine strawberries, remaining rosewater and remaining maple syrup in a bowl, toss to combine and set aside to macerate (15 minutes). Carefully arrange on top of cake, gently pushing into cream. Trim edges of cake, scatter over grapes, pistachios and petals, and serve.

For the ‘true and original version, go to: http://kitchen.nine.com.au/2016/05/16/13/22/strawberry-and-watermelon-cake#uq5ILxpxEOgzyJ9Z.99

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