On the short list of recipes I think any baker should have — or simply any person who delights in making their friends happy should have — is a chocolate cake to be thrown together just because… “well, actually I didn’t know today was your birthday. Of course I am free tonight!”
Safra, also called sefra, is an aromatic semolina dessert from the Jewish community of Tripoli, Libya, and a fun Purim treat. Rome’s cuisine benefited when the Libyan Jews found refuge in Italy in 1967. The honey and orange glazing give a rich flavour and adds a lovely sheen to the almond and sesame seed topping.
This recipe uses a sweet shortcrust pastry dough coated with colourful hundreds and thousands for a festive feel.
Preparation: 30 minutes plus resting time
Cooking: 20 minutes
Makes approximately 20
For the pastry:
285g plain flour
150g unsalted butter or margarine
Zest of 1 lemon
2 tsp lemon juice
75g caster sugar