Saffron Lemon Blueberry Cake with Lemon Caramel Sauce

Saffron Lemon Blueberry Cake with Lemon Caramel Sauce

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It always appears as if time has got wings and flies away in a wink. Just a few days ago, I was busy posting recipes in the regular blogging marathon and worried about the mega marathon and now, the mega marathon is here. Time really flies fast!!!

Coming on to my worries, my cause of worry was that with all my responsibilities and my kids’ exams, I find it difficult to post the recipes in a week, but in the mega marathon, I’ll have to post one recipe each day of the month and that too in the middle of my kids’ exams ??… (mind you, kid’s exams means mom’s exams these days ?). So, it seemed like an impossible task.

While others were sending in their confirmations for the mega marathon, I was still in a dilemma whether I’ll be able to participate or not. (Even my husband sometimes makes fun of my nature of always being in a dilemma and I always give the same answer – I’m a Gemini and dual nature is a strong personality trait of ours). A part of me was urging me to plunge in while the other half was shouting – it’s gonna be too much stress…..

Ever since I started participating in the blogging marathons, I was waiting for this mega event. Now that it’s here, I’m stressed out because of an irrational fear of not being able to complete it. I always tell my students that we should deal with our stresses head-on and not cower behind in fear of losing. Now is the time that I should apply all these words to myself and win over all my fears and complete this mega marathon with faith.

Srivalli, the mastermind behind this wonderful event had come out with crazy ideas and options for this mega carnival. We can either select one ingredient or category for the whole month and post 26 recipes (one for each day, excluding the Sundays) or we can opt for five ingredients or categories in total (one for each week). Again my Gemini characteristic of being undecided stepped in and after a lot of brainstorming and weighing all my options, I zeroed in on five different ingredients. So, in this cooking mega carnival, I’ll be posting my recipes under the theme 5 ingredients 5 weeks.

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The ingredient for the first week is Saffron. It’s the most expensive spice but the flavor and richness it imparts to the dish is worth every penny spent on it. This singular spice can transform a simple dish to a special one. The first in this series of special dishes is Saffron Lemon Blueberry Cake.

Saffron lemon blueberry cake

Ingredients For Cake

All purpose flour 1 cup
Baking powder 1 teaspoon
Baking soda ½ teaspoon
Sugar
¾ cup
Oil ¼ cup
Yogurt
¼ cup
Milk
½ cup
Saffron ¼ teaspoon
Lemon rind
1 teaspoon
Lemon juice
1 teaspoon
Blueberries
¼ cup

For Lemon Caramel Sauce

Sugar
½ cup
Water 2 teaspoon
Butter 1 tablespoon
Lemon juice
1 tablespoon

Method:

  1. Put saffron in 2 teaspoons of warm milk and keep it for about 30 minutes so that maximum flavor is released.
  2. Sieve together all purpose flour, baking powder and baking soda in a bowl.
  3. In another bowl, take sugar, yogurt and oil. Beat well till the sugar dissolves.
  4. Add milk and saffron and beat again.
  5. Dust blueberries with 1 teaspoon of flour so that they get coated with flour. This prevents their sinking to the bottom of the batter.
  6. Add flour mix to the wet ingredients with a spatula
  7. Fold in blueberries and transfer the batter to the greased pan.
  8. Bake in preheated oven at 170 C. Check the doneness by inserting a toothpick. If it doesn’t com e out clean, bake for another couple of minutes. Mine was done in 35 minutes.

Saffron lemon blueberry cake

For lemon caramel sauce

  1. Take sugar in a pan. Add 2 tablespoons of water along the sides of the pan.
  2. Heat the contents without stirring. Initially it will liquify, then color will start changing. Just swirl the pan, don’t stir it.
  3. When whole of it has got caramelized, take off the flame. Stir in lemon juice and butter. It will become frothy for a while, then subsides. Pour it warm over the cake and serve.

Saffron lemon blueberry cake

24 thoughts on “Saffron Lemon Blueberry Cake with Lemon Caramel Sauce

  1. I am not a Gemini but am with you on always being in dilemma. If this is your first mega BM, it is natural be stressed out but trust me, after the first mega BM, subsequent mega BMs will be a breeze. I was very stressed out for the first mega BM I did and even second guessed for putting myself through that stress. But now, even if I am not prepared, plunge into it. In fact, love mega BM over the regular ones.

    Enough of my rant and coming to today’s recipe, it looks delicious and saffron has give the cake a lovely yellow color.

  2. Lovely lovely ingredient Ritu ! Glad to have u here in d mega BM .. This cake looks smashing 🙂 can’t wait to see what other ingredients u have chosen:)

    Btw don’t blame ur star sign, m not a Gemini -!but I must have changed my list atleast 20 times since d BM was announced – it’s great u can do it amidst ur kids exams too !

  3. Every time, before beginning the Mega BM, I am always in doubt whether I will complete it or not. But every time I have managed to complete it. So do not panic. Once you start doing posts, it will be a lot easier. Between the cake looks so delicious. Love the combination of flavours..

  4. Yea, exam times for kids are actually stress times for the mom!! And in spite of not being a Gemini I am always in a dilemma when it comes to Mega BM. I have changed my list so many times that I am sometimes not sure which list I have finalized!! And lovely choice of ingredient and the came cake looks so good!

  5. Wow…what a delicate flavourful ingredient you have chosen for this week!! Fantastic cake! Saffron, Blueberry, Caramel sauce and of course Eggless cake – all these are my favourites. Definitely gonna try soon dear.

  6. Ritu dont worry. I guess most of us are in the same soup. But we all will fly through. For instance I have started commenting only on the 18th day…. And the cake looks awesome and easy too. I would love to try this…

  7. So glad you finally decided to take part in the mega marathon. Saffron is a such a flavorful ingredient. I’m sure that your cake must have taste just amazing.

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