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rose water kodafa with pistachio

I haven't tried this yet, but I'm mightily intrigued by a cake made from couscous.

1 cup couscous
2 cups boiling water
1/2 cup butter, cut into small pieces
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 pinch of salt
14 oz ricotta cheese
6 oz mozzarella cheese, grated
1 1/2 cups honey
1/2 cup water
3 pinches saffron threads
1 tsp rose-water
6 tblsp chopped pistachios

pour the boiling water over the couscous, and stir with a fork. Leave for thirty minutes, until the water is completely absorbed.

preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

break up the lumps in the couscous, and then stir in the butter chunks. Stir in the beaten egg and the salt. Spread half the couscous mix into an 8 1/2 inch springform cake pan.

mix together the cheeses and 2 tablespoons of the honey.

spread the cheese mixture over the couscous.Top with the remaining couscous, pressing gently.

bake for fifteen minutes.

while baking the cake, make the syrup. Put the honey, water, and saffron into a pan, bring to a boil (stirring), and boil for about seven minutes. Remove the syrup from the heat and stir in the rose-water.When the cake is done, take it out of the oven and turn the oven to broil. Place the cake under the broiler and cook until the top is lightly browned with a golden crust.

sprinkle the pistachio nuts over the cake. Slice the cake and pour the syrup over each slice.

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posted by ramtops on 19 Feb 06 - 5829 views

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