Star Anise and Cardamon infused kumquat cake duett is a spicy pairing devised by Terre Kitchen
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Looking for something light and zesty with a good vitamin and mineral fix after the long winter? The chefs from Terre Kitchen have just the thing, plus it is vegan and gluten free.
“As it's the case with poems, books, and Bob Dylan songs, we couldn't pick a favorite and chose to suggest two spice pairings instead,” write Gintare Parulyte and Antje Taiga of Terre Kitchen. “Both combinations balance the tanginess of the kumquats and bring out flavours of the rather heavenly kind.”
Itching to get into that kitchen? Here's how to get started...
(For a 18 cm cake tin)
150 g walnuts 1 tbsp agave syrup 1 tbsp coconut oil 800 ml cashew milk (500 ml for the first mix, 300 ml for the second) 8 star anise pods (or 10 green cardamon pods) 3 tbs agave syrup juice of 1/2 lemon 3 drops pure vanilla extract 90 g corn starch 1 tsp coconut oil 10 kumquats 2 tbs agave syrup
Preheat the oven to 180 °C.
How to make it
Heat up a skillet. Toast the walnuts until golden brown and fragrant. Allow to cool down and grind them. Add the agave syrup and the coconut oil and mix well. Place the mixture into a cake tin lined with parchment paper and press firmly until it becomes an even cake base. Place the cake tin in the oven and bake for 5 minutes. Remove the tin from the oven and allow to rest. Add 8 star anise pods (or 10 cardamon pods) to 500 ml cashew milk. Heat the milk slowly and let it simmer for 10 minutes on low, so the spices can infuse the milk. Turn down the heat and remove the spices. Add the cornstarch, the vanilla extract and the agave syrup to the remaining 300 ml of cashew milk. Mix well until smooth and lump-free. Slowly pour the mixture into the hot cashew milk and stir until it thickens and reaches the consistency of a creamy pudding. Add the coconut oil, mix well and pour the cream on top of the walnut crust. Allow the cake to cool down, then place it in the fridge for 3 hours. Carefully remove the cake from the tin with the help of a knife. Mix the sliced kumquats with the agave syrup in a pot and simmer for 10 minutes. Allow to cool down, then arrange the kumquat circles on the cake.