Posted by: Rachael | April 15, 2008

armenian nutmeg cake

2C freshly ground wholemeal flour, well sifted (really, truly, you need to sift it – or use white flour, but then it won’t have such a rich colour)
2t baking powder
1t ground nutmeg
125g butter
Rub the butter into the sifted dried ingredients (got the message it’s best to sift this one?)

1 1/2C brown sugar (gulp, yes that’s one and a half cups)
Mix in. Press 1 1/2C of the mixture into a greased 20x30cm lamington pan

1t baking soda
3/4C milk
Combine and stir into remaining flour mixture

1 egg, lightly beaten

1/2C nuts of some description (walnuts are authentic; we had almonds on hand today)
Add. Pour into pan. Bake at 180ºC for 35 minutes. Stand five minutes before turning onto wire rack to cool.

We often enjoyed this slice in Poland. Brown sugar was unavailable, but there were always plenty of walnuts through the winter, and if we couldn’t get nutmeg, cinnamon would do just as well. You could probably even adapt it to become a citrus version if you really wanted to….or chocolate!



  1. ok that looks fabulous! I’m including your site on my most recent blogroll…it’s too good to pass up!

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