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Fresh Mint Tea Cake

Doing the Happy Dance again! I am always eager to create recipes based on the ingredients in my kitchen. But I’ve strangely struggled to find what I want on the internet. Funny right? I had mint leaves and wanted to go beyond using it as a dressing in salads or making umpteen cups of herbal mint tea. And since I LOVE baking, I said, how about a cake. I decided to look for inspiration in some of the “best blogs” But shockingly 95% of them used mint essence, mint essential oil, peppermint, mint syrup/frosting/ buttercream, etc. One or two used fresh mint leaves but the method subtly indicated that I might have to add tooth floss to the ingredient list to take care of those leaves lodged between my teeth after eating. No thank you! So I was left with no choice but to do what I love doing most - Experimental Baking. This is pure labour of love. I can vouch for one thing at the end of it all - It’s a moist refreshing Fresh Mint Cake. with a pleasant aftertaste.


I request you to follow the recipe to the T. Read the handy Tips before you begin.


Ingredients:

  • 9 grams, Fresh Mint (rinsed)

  • 70 grams caster sugar

  • 90 grams unsalted butter room temperature

  • 2 eggs

  • 50 grams All Purpose Flour

  • 60 grams Semolina

  • 1 tbsp almond milk/ regular milk

  • 1 tbsp mint leaves water (read recipe below)

  • 1/ 2 tsp baking powder

  • 1/2 tsp baking soda

  • a pinch of salt

  • 1/2 tsp vanilla essence

  • A few tsps of dark chocolate OR white chocolate shavings / pieces

TIPS:

  • Pre-Heating the Oven: Do not pre-heat your oven at the start. Prepare your batter mix first. This gives the batter some time to rest and flavours to seep in. You’re welcome :)

  • Fresh Mint Water: Do NOT discard the mint water. if you happen to forget, we can’t do much about it. But remember it is actual mint concentrate and gives that maximum refreshing pick-me-up flavour to the cake!

  • Electric Whisk ❌: Do NOT use a Hand-held electric whisk or the cake will not lend any texture. We just whisk manually in Step 7.

  • Less Chocolate please: Do NOT use too much chocolate because if you do, the fresh mint won’t stand out. It’s a Fresh Mint cake. Not a chocolate cake!

  • Baking Time: Use your judgement while baking as every oven/ OTG works differently.

Method:

Step 1: Grease a mini loaf tin and line with parchment paper and keep aside.

( Do not pre-heat your oven at the start. Read the Tips 👆🏽)


Step 2: Take a Kitchen Towel Sheet/ tissue paper and place it on a clean dry platform.

Step 3: Now take a utensil and pour a cup of water into it.

Heat it and bring to a rolling boil and switch off.

Throw the mint leaves in.

Let it steep in this water for 30 seconds.


Step 4: Scoop only the leaves out after 30 seconds and spread them on the kitchen towel sheet. Pat them dry.

(Keep the boiled ‘mint water ‘ . Read the Tips 👆🏽)


Step 5: Take your food processor/ mixer/ blender

Put the mint and sugar and process till the mint is finely chopped and becomes a mint sugar powder. (taste it it's soooo addictive 🤤)

Now add butter, eggs and blitz it well till its creamy.


Step 6: Take a Bowl

Add the sifted flour, semolina, baking powder, baking soda and salt

Stir the dry ingredients well to ensure the powders are mixed properly.


Step 7: Pour the Mint, sugar, egg butter batter into the dry mix and whisk it well with a metal or silicone whisk. Do NOT use an electric whisk.(Read the Tips 👆🏽)

Step 8: Add vanilla essence, 1 tbsp of milk and 1 tbsp fresh mint leaves water.


Step 9: Pour half the batter in the loaf tin and sprinkle with chocolate shavings , followed by remaining batter, and then more chocolate pieces or shavings. Keep the chocolate shavings minimal (Read the Tips 👆🏽)


Step 10: Get the pre-heating started.

Bake this in a Pre-heated Oven, 180°C / 350° F for about 35 minutes. The cake will rise, be firm to the touch and do the toothpick test. It should come out clean.

Look at that Gorgeous colour! I wish you could taste this. Happy Baking!

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