Pea cake

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Adapted from Sale & Pepe, May 2007, Serbian issue.


600 g peas
200 ml whipping cream
3 eggs
40 g grated parmesan cheese
juice of half a lemon
20 g sunflower seeds
1 clove garlic
olive oil

Cook peas with crushed (but not pealed) garlic in a boiling water for about 15 minutes. Remove water and garlic, and reserve 2 Tbsp peas for later, and the rest puree with egg yolks, cream and pinch of salt. Add parmesan cheese, and then beat the egg whites with a pinch of salt and carefully fold in to the mass.

Line baking pan with parchment paper and then butter the paper. Fill baking pan with pea puree. Take one larger baking pan and place pan with pea puree inside. Pour 2/3 of boiling water to the larger pan. Bake in preheated oven at 180°C for about 45 minutes.

While the cake is baking, prepare sunflower seeds. Heat the pan with some olive oil, and brown the seeds with salt for a few minutes. Pour lemon juice over and fry a few more minutes.

Note: This is my submission to “My Legume Love Affair” presented by The Well-Seasoned Cook. Visit the roudup of 116 entries here.
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  • Susan January 13, 2008 5:20 pm

    At first when I looked at this gorgeous cake, I assumed it was a dessert. Silly me. It is fascinating as a savory, too.Thank you, Marija, for quite an entry!

  • Hillary January 14, 2008 5:25 pm

    What an interesting cake! I’m always looking for interesting and new cake flavors! This one really does sound good though.

  • Mansi Desai January 14, 2008 5:36 pm

    wow,that sure looks very appetizing! I too make pea cutlets at home, then top it with some sauces and sprinkle seasonings on it:)loved your presentation!btw, I’m hosting a Game Night party event on my blog too this month (details on my blog) and would love to have you participate!-Mansi

  • Kate / Kajal January 14, 2008 9:51 pm

    Saw this on taste spotting , and knew its something gr8. Never tried peas this way, but i have a felling i’m gonna love it. Definitely a bookmark recipe. Thanks for sharing.

  • Stef January 14, 2008 9:59 pm

    But how did it taste? I must know. :)

  • Evelin January 14, 2008 11:15 pm

    wow, this definitely looks interesting! I’m unfortunately not really a pea person. could you describe the taste?

  • Marija January 15, 2008 2:59 am

    It tastes great!

  • Laurie Constantino February 16, 2008 12:22 pm

    I can tell this tastes great! Plus it is unique and gorgeous. Wonderful post, thank you!

  • Nupur February 16, 2008 4:40 pm

    That is the most beautiful color! What a lovely presentation.

  • sra February 17, 2008 3:18 am

    Marija, this is the kind of recipe I was dreaming of last week when I had a load of peas and didn’t want to make the same old stuff. Too bad, I’m too late, but I know where to look next time.

  • Meg Wolff February 19, 2008 8:34 am

    What a beautiful presentation!

  • elaine February 19, 2008 11:11 am

    can i use frozen peas?

  • Marija February 19, 2008 11:19 am

    Yes Elaine, you can use frozen peas. You just don’t let them defrost too much. When you take them out of the freezer, leave them for about 20-30 minutes, and then cook in boiling water.

  • Helen July 12, 2008 3:52 am

    What a wonderfully original way to enjoy peas! It looks stunning too.

  • Anonymous April 16, 2009 3:00 am

    Oh wow is this some kind of new age Serbian recepe??Ivana

  • Marija April 16, 2009 3:43 am

    No, Ivana, the recipe is from Sale & Pepe, so, it is Italian. :)

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