I’ve been looking forward to making this week’s assignment for awhile now because of its odd name and because I’ve never baked with rose syrup or rose extract. Like some Doristas, I had to purchase the syrup and extract from Amazon.com, and surprisingly enough, after perusing all the possible options for rose syrup, I ended up buying the Monin brand Dorie suggested without even realizing it! I also found a set of three rose extract bottles for roughly the same price as one bottle of a comparable brand. To top off what seemed like fate in making this cake, I was offered yet another free 30-day Amazon Prime trial membership, so I was able to get my syrup and extract in two days without paying extra.
I guess I was too excited about my luck with the rose syrup and rose extract that I neglected to read the recipe all the way through. When I saw a “pint of raspberries”, I naturally assumed it was for garnish and didn’t bother to notice the instructions stating they were for the batter. So, I actually made a raspberry-free Ispahan loaf cake first. I brought a slice for my friend to try, and she said it needed the raspberries.
So, the next night, I properly incorporated the berries, but my berries got a bit smushed during baking. I think two factors contributed to this: first, that I didn’t whip the egg whites long enough or that I let the aerated whites fall during the batter folding process, thus not allowing the cake to rise as much to give the berries room. Or, second, that after each layer of batter was added on top of the berries, I attempted to smooth out the top layer thus pressing the berries down further into the bottom layer.
Regardless of my “sinking” raspberries, I think the cake turned out pretty well. It smelled amazing anyway. Again, I haven’t tasted it because I’ve got two more days on my cleanse, but I have several slices ready to go come Monday morning. And, yes, I’m going to have Ispahan loaf cake for breakfast Monday morning.
This Ispahan loaf cake was made as a part of French Fridays with Dorie, a group of bloggers who are cooking their way through Dorie Greenspan’s Around My French Table: More Than 300 Recipes from My Home to Yours.