Years ago when I first came to Saudi I was at a shop and came across a very old poorly made recipe book. The instructions and recipes are kind of hard to read like most recipe books you find that come from Saudi they do not have exact instructions or measurements and sometimes the names are really off and although they say one thing it sounds and should be spelled an entirely different way. I usually talk to my mother in law to make sure everything is correct so I can share it here with you all but she happens to be out of town for the Summer so I am just going to go with it and post it here hoping that the name is right as written.
This cake is a Saudi yogurt cake and what I really love about it the most is that it does not have any sugar incorporated into it. I was worried that it would be sour with the yogurt and no sugar but the sugar syrup on top was just perfect. My husband loathes super sweet desserts and he really loved this one as in he has already ate half. I especially love that it has black seeds in it which is a sure sign its a Saudi dish.
In Islam we have a hadith that says:
“Use this Black Seed regularly, because it is a cure for every disease, except death.” [Al-Bukhaari and Muslim]
1 cup all purpose flour
2 cups plain yogurt
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon black seeds
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup sugar syrup
1. Pre-heat oven to 350F. In a large mixing bowl add eggs and yogurt. With a hand-mixer mix well. Add vanilla and black seed, mix. Sift flour into bowl, add baking powder and mix.
2. Grease a 30 cm round baking pan (I used 2 loaf pans). And fold the batter into the pan. Bake for 45 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
3. Remove from heat and carefully pour syrup on top (use as much as you like) and allow to sit for 15 minutes before serving.
Yields: 1 30cm or 2 loaf cakes
- Did you know that black seed was found in Tutankhamen’s tomb. This suggest that black seed had an important role in ancient Egypt, since it was customary to place in tombs items needed in the afterlife.