Friday, April 27, 2012

The Daring Bakers Make Armenian Nutmeg Cake!

Yum

The Daring Bakers’ April 2012 challenge, hosted by Jason at Daily Candor, were two Armenian standards: nazook and nutmeg cake. Nazook is a layered yeasted dough pastry with a sweet filling, and nutmeg cake is a fragrant, nutty coffee-style cake.


Hello. My name is Jenni, and I am now addicted to Armenian Nutmeg Cake. 


I was really excited to try this month's challenge for the Daring Bakers! I totally planned on making both the Nazook and the Nutmeg cake, but one thing let to another and I only got around to the cake. If the Nazook is as amazing as this cake was, though, I definitely still plan on making it! It might not be much to look at (although you can't tell by the sheet number of photos of this cake!) but this cake has amazing flavor! It is very moist and fragrant, and I love the brown sugar crust! The three principle ingredients that shine here are brown sugar, nutmeg, and walnuts, perfect companions! 


Aren't my helpers so sweet? I was actually really shocked when I realized I had more than one picture without chubby little toddler fingers (or daddy fingers) in them. You would think I would learn to take more photos during naptime, but she looooves "helping" her Mama so much. And her food styling help cracks me up, even when she is grabbing food off the plates, leaving a massive crumb trail, and then fighting me for the plate itself. You can only see one tiny white paw in the photo below, but there were two four-legged helpers hovering around me, too - on crumb patrol, no doubt.



I hope you take the time to try this cake out! It is beautifully simple and delicious, a perfect treat for any time during the day (even right after breakfast...or with breakfast...). Like I said, I am addicted to this cake, I could not stop eating it, and I hope you will feel the same way about it! Thank you so much Jason for bringing us this awesome cake! 



Armenian Nutmeg Cake (adapted from The Commonsense Cookery Book, by the NSW Cookery Teachers’ Scholarship Fund.)

1 cup milk
1 tsp baking soda
2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
2 cups brown sugar, firmly packed
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, cubed
1/2 cup walnut pieces (break them up with your hand, you don't really want them chopped, but you don't want them whole, either)
1-1 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg (you can also use cinnamon and/or cardamom as a substitute, or use a combination)
1 egg

Preheat your oven to 350.
In a small bowl, mix together the baking soda and the milk. Set aside.
In a large bowl, whisk together the baking powder and flour.
Whisk in the brown sugar.
Using a fork (or your fingers) mash in the butter until you get a more-or-less uniform crumbly mixture.
Press HALF of this mixture into the bottom of a springform pan to form a crust. Set aside.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the egg and the nutmeg for 2-3 minutes, or until it is mixed well and frothy.
Pour the milk in and whisk until combined.
Pour this over the remaining half of the crumbly mixture, and whisk until it is incorporated (it will be very liquidy)
Pour the liquid over the crust in the springform.
Gently and evenly sprinkle the walnut pieces on top.
Bake for 30-40 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
Allow the cake to cool in the pan, and then release.
Enjoy!


21 comments:

  1. Your photos are brilliant! Yes, I do love your helpers! I like the cake ( a bit too sweet, though) but I thought the nazook were amazing - you must try them!

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  2. You're an addict? We'll be going to the same meeting soon! Mine was a little gooey in the centre but I love how our cake looks.

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  3. I agree this is delicious! Yours looks much prettier than mine :) as usual.

    The Nazook is definitely worth trying. I didn't think it was too time consuming, so you could just whip it up one day.

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  4. First and most importantly, LOVE that picture with your two helpers :)
    Second, count me in when you find the nutmeg cake 12 step program - SO tasty! Yours looks awesome!!

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  5. This was an amazing cake - and the Nazook were pretty great too. Definitely get around to trying them.
    Love the "helper" pictures...

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  6. I didn't get a chance to try the Nazook either. I hope to soon, though. I love your photos of your cake and helpers! Have a great day :)

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  7. Love this, I might just make try this recipe out, it looks so good. And the pictures are beautiful.

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  8. Beautiful cake! Nice looking helpers too...

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  9. Wow!
    Nutmeg and nuts?
    That sounds great!

    I'm on a nut addiction right now..
    Just made and posted about a giant batch of hazelnut macarons I made.

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  10. You made perfect Armenian nutmeg cake, it is new dish I love making them.

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  11. Your Armenian nutmeg cake looks perfect. I like your helpers. I enjoyed making them too.

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  12. Your cake and photos look amazing! I really love the ones with chubby, toddler fingers in them. Please don't ever leave those out :) I hope to be back to DB in May..I miss it so much! I need to start baking again. That said, beautiful job on the nutmeg cake!

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  13. Very cute chubby fingers! I love that age when there is no wrist, just arm to chubby little hand. :) I made both and loved the nutmeg cake more. Nice job on the challenge!

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  14. Thank you for your lovely comment on my blog. I absolutely loved this challenge. Your cake looks so yummy! Definitely try the Nazooks, they're just as delicious but very different.

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  15. Lovely cake and great helpers! }:P

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  16. Count me in when you find an addict meeting!
    Love your cute helpers, especially love the picture with the cute little hand

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  17. hah, your cake looks like I wanted mine to look! I love the chubby hand photos - I'm very familiar with that kind of assistance!

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  18. I love the photos! And I can just imagine the fight over the plate! I will definitely be making this again too. :)

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  19. One more addict over here, especially the biscuit crust. Yum! Your cake looks beautiful, and I love your photos - especially the one with the hands and the paws! Your helpers are very sweet. :)

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  20. Great job on the challenge ! What an adorable little food stylist :)

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  21. Great job on the challenge ! What an adorable little food stylist :)

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