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21.3.13

Ispahan Loaf: French Fridays with Dorie

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This is not an Ispahan Loaf.
This is NOT an Ispahan Loaf.



This IS my Ispahan Loaf.

The quest for Rose syrup was a great adventure that lead me to a classic Middle Eastern restaurant, Hanna's that happen to have a Middle Eastern deli attached to it. Voila... 1 pint of Rose syrup $5 bucks and lunch next door was pretty inexpensive too.

Ah, but the execution, that's a good word to describe what I did to this loaf... I murdered it. First by forgetting to put regular flour in it, and secondly, by seriously undercooking it. A lava cake was not my intention.

The Don Quixote that I am...undaunted by my umpteenth failure at baking; I made another loaf. This time I forgot the almond flour. Having been raised Catholic, I feel obligated to confess to you. I think I know why I failed so miserably at making this cake. First: I DON'T LIKE TO BAKE. You have to follow the recipe when you bake. I just can't do that... Baking is measured and precise... I am well, the opposite of that....

also, I kinda made a little cocktail out of the Rose syrup. It was delicious... maybe too delicious.

I did get a sense from nibbling at the cooked parts of the cake what the taste of a Ispahan loaf is... and honestly... I like rose syrup more in a cocktail. The great thing about rose is the smell. Baked the smell gets flattened out. It's not aromatic anymore.
Que, sera, sera...

Cheers,
Diane

PS: The cocktail is good too without vodka.


A recipe (not THE recipe) for Ispahan Cake


Rose Lime Cocktail


Rose Lime Cocktail

by Diane Balch
simplelivingandeating.com

Ingredients:

3/4 ounce of vodka 
3/4 ounce of Rose syrup
12 ounces of seltzer water
1 lime wedge

Directions:

1) pour vodka and Rose syrup into a tall glass.

2) Add seltzer 

3) Squeeze in lime juice, stir and garnish with lime peel.

Note: As a member of French Friday's with Dorie I am not allowed to print the recipe. I invite you to take a look at this wonderful cookbook "Around My French Table" if you are interested in this or any other recipe I review. 

 





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36 comments:

  1. Some days execution is elusive, isn't it? I am not sure I would have had the fortitude to remake - so kudos.

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    1. Thanks Cher... I was well fueled by the cocktail to give it another go.

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  2. Sounds like it was a fun adventure. The raspberries look yummy. I have a feeling I won't find any rose syrup in my little town, but minus the vodka, and your cocktail looks refreshing

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    1. No Middle Eastern store around you? The rose syrup is really interesting. I know you like fun drinks. I think cherry syrup and lime would be nice too.

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  3. I made the cake with all the ingredients and mine was also seriously underbaked. I did make it again and it was kinda successful but not what I was expecting - it sounds like I needed a cocktail too!

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    1. I saw your post and I thought sounds familiar. I think Dorie stated too low a temperature. I had to turn up the temp on the custard.

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  4. Diane, My post won’t be up till later this afternoon because I also forgot the flour…and when I went to unmold it…it just fell to pieces all over my kitchen counter!! I was so freaking disgusted after spending all afternoon baking! I need one of your cocktails…at least you enjoyed the syrup! I’m going to Patterson on Saturday with my girlfriend to hit Corrado’s and Fattel’s for our annual Easter shopping trip. I pick up all my middle eastern supplies there. Have a great weekend!

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    1. I'm so sorry Kathy... what a nightmare and you didn't have a cocktail to smooth it over. Make sure you pick up some vodka too. Good luck.

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  5. The cake looks super tempting. I looooooooooove a slice

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    1. Oh Winnie, if anyone could have done a better job on this cake it would be you. I would love it if you posted an Ispahan cake on your blog, so I can see how it's really made.

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  6. Ha! I'm definitely going to have to try your cocktail, b/c I have a butt-load of syrup to use up. That is one sad looking cake. That's too bad! I'll agree with you that the rose flavor/scent was lost a bit in the end product. I expected more rosey oomph.

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    1. Glad my sad cake has entertainment value and yes, I have already used up half of my bottle of rose syrup on cocktails. It is really aromatic in a drink.

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  7. You did need a cocktail after the two attempts! I love the second pic with the pipe!

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    1. One of my favorite Magritte paintings.

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  8. Thanks for the recipe! I think that I have everything needed in the fridge to whip up one of your cocktails. And I seriously need to do something with all that leftover syrup!

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    1. Glad I can help. Yeah, they don't sell rose syrup in small bottles do they? Enjoy.

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  9. Considering that you don't like to bake, I'm just impressed that you tried it! There were a lot of little steps to this one, it would be so easy to forget an ingredient or forget to do something. At least you got a good cocktail out of it! I'll have to give that a try when I can drink alcohol again!

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    1. It's good without alcohol, really light and refreshing. Yes, there were a lot of steps. Loaf cakes are usually easy which is probably why I thought I could make it.

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  10. Diane, that cocktail does look lovely, nice color! And respect for having the patience to have two goes at this cake!
    Have a wonderful weekend!

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    1. Thanks Andrea... thank goodness my husband and daughter enjoy baking.

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  11. Well, Diane, I think you deserved that pretty cocktail! I'm sorry your loaf didn't turn out, but it seems like many Doristas had trouble with this one. The smaller ones were just fine.

    Have a wonderful weekend!

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    1. Yes, small is the way to go on this one. Probably a very light cake with whipped eggs. Yours were really gorgeous.

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  12. Cute post, Diane. Your cake looks so pretty with the glaze running down the side. We don't care for the rose flavor in this cake, but I am tempted to try making your cocktail. I'm glad you enjoyed it. :)

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    1. The glaze was my daugher's idea. I think it helped the cake a lot. Not a big fan of the rose syrup bakec,,, but yummy as a cocktail. Got to find something to do with all of that syrup.

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  13. This cake just didn't taste right to me, just too flowery. However, I have a lifetime supply of syrup and will most definitely try your cocktail recipe. Hopefully I like it and can turn the lifetime supply into a summer's supply. Have a great weekend.

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    1. Yes, I hope so too. I hate to waste anything, even syrup.

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  14. Diane, your Post was hysterically funny. I didn't know where it was going. It just kept getting worse. Although I realize it was terribly frustrating to not end up with anything your family could enjoy or critique, I am thinking they may have "enjoyed and critiqued" their Mom. I'm sure there was a big family discussion about this debacle. Unfortunately we all have ended up with a lot of rose syrup. Fortunately now you've provided us with the perfect way to use it.

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    1. It really could have been an "I Love Lucy" episode... it just kept getting worse. But on the upside I have been back to the Middle Eastern restaurant a few times and I really do like the cocktail.

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  15. Love the cocktail! You know what they say about most discoveries being made by accident, I'd like to think this was ultimately a winner for you, if you had huge success with the cake, you might not have had any motivation to experiment with the rest of the syrup and we wouldn't be here admiring that awesome drink :)

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    1. And lets not forget that I also got to discover a really good Middle Eastern restaurants.

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  16. So sorry you didn't have good luck with the cake. I am excited to try your recipe for the rose cocktail!!

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  17. You are so funny Diane. I feel exactly the same way about baking as you. I know if I learn my basic chemistry/logic I could get to the point where improvising with baked goods is as easy/instinctive as regular cooking, but in the meantime... I'd just rather cook.

    Thanks for the cocktail recipe!

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    1. I figure at this point in my life it is a weight control factor not to learn how to bake.

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  18. I'm impressed by your dedication. I don't think I would've bothered finding rose syrup if I didn't like to bake - although it sounds like the cocktail definitely made it worth it. The cocktail sounds excellent, thanks for the recipe!

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    1. I think it was the idea of cooking with rose that inspired me to want to bake this loaf. I am glad I found a new restaurant and I am quickly using up the syrup with my cocktail.

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