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Dan B 05-20-2019 09:41 AM

Rosewater Strawberry Skillet Cake

Enjoyed this absolutely delicious cake last night... served right from the pan. (In our case we used vanilla and yogurt as substitutes)

• 16-18 large strawberries, hulled and halved
• 1 cup white all-purpose flour
• 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 1/3 cup unsalted butter + extra to grease your cast iron skillet + 1 tablespoon melted butter to brush over strawberries and batter
• 1 cup grams granulated sugar
• 1 cup full fat sour cream + more, for serving a few dollops with the cake (substitute with full-fat Greek yogurt)
• 1 egg
• 1 tablespoon rosewater (substitute with 1 teaspoon of vanilla essence)
• Confectioner’s sugar, for dusting

1. Pre-heat oven to 350F.
2. Generously butter your cast iron skillet (we used a No 7 Griswold, 10”)
3. Place flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl and whisk together.
4. Place butter and sugar in a separate bowl (if using a hand mixer) or in a standmixer and cream on medium speed, till light and fluffy.
5. Add sour cream, egg, rosewater and continue to mix till the batter appears creamy.
6. Turn the mixer speed to low and add dry ingredients – flour, salt and baking powder, in batches. Scrape down the sides. Do not over mix.
7. The batter will be thick. Transfer into skillet and smooth the top with an offset spatula. Arrange strawberries, cut side down, in a circular pattern on top.
8. Brush strawberries and batter with melted butter.
9. Place in oven for 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean, and the cake starts to pull in from the sides of the skillet.
10. When cake (and skillet) has cooled, dust generously with confectioner’s sugar and serve slices directly from the skillet. Enjoy with sour cream on the side.

BarryL 05-21-2019 02:27 AM

Re: Rosewater Strawberry Skillet Cake
Sounds good, but I don't have a clue about rosewater or where to get it.

Dan B 05-21-2019 09:20 AM

Re: Rosewater Strawberry Skillet Cake
Hey BarryL, we had the same issue and substituted vanilla extract for the rosewater (as the recipe identifies as an option). Apparently, rosewater is available in the international section of grocery stores.

BarryL 05-21-2019 01:53 PM

Re: Rosewater Strawberry Skillet Cake
Thanks for the reply. I will check the international section. The last time I looked in that section all I noticed was Mexican, and Chinese stuff.

GTurner 05-21-2019 06:06 PM

Re: Rosewater Strawberry Skillet Cake

rose wa·ter


water scented with rose petals, used as a perfume and for culinary purposes, and formerly in medicinal preparations.

You might find it in a health food store also.

Dan B 05-22-2019 09:01 AM

Re: Rosewater Strawberry Skillet Cake
Rosewater - A flavoured water made by steeping rose petals in water, rosewater has been used as a flavouring for centuries in Middle Eastern, Indian and Chinese cuisines. It can be added to jellies and syrups, and it is often sprinkled over cakes and milky puddings such as kheer (Indian rice pudding).

I'm not sure that the rosewater used as a perfume is suitable for cooking.

Here are links to a few places it can be purchased at:

BarryL 05-25-2019 03:00 AM

Re: Rosewater Strawberry Skillet Cake
Thanks for the info. I am a country boy that cooks southern country dishes. I don't know much about the fancy stuff. Sadly I don't get to do much cooking as I used to because I am having to work 2nd shift so I can take my disabled wife to the Dr. regularly.

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