Thursday, 17 September 2015

FOOD FRIDAY - ORANGE CAKE

“I like to peel it and share it with friends. You can spread the love with an orange.” - GinaRodriguez

We made some delicious orange cake a couple of days ago and there’s not a crumb of it left! This is a fairly easy recipe from Greece, which makes a rich, moist, flavoursome cake.

Orange Cake
Ingredients

1 large, unwaxed, thin-skinned, seedless orange
350 g sugar
500 g self-raising flour
2 and 1/2 tsp baking powder
5 eggs
140 g butter
Vanilla essence
Orange marmalade (optional)

Method
Wash the orange well, remove the top part with the stem scar and the bottom, navel part and zest it. Halve and remove the central white core. Cut into segments and then blend (zested peel and all) into a smooth pulp. Reserve.
Beat the sugar and butter until light and fluffy, with the sugar all dissolved.
Meanwhile, sift the flour and baking powder.
Add the eggs, beaten, one by one until well incorporated into the mixture.
Slowly add the orange pulp, stirring all the while.
Add the flour little by little and finally the vanilla essence.
Pour mixture into a greased and floured 30 cm rectangular cake tin and bake in an oven preheated to 170˚C for 50 minutes, with a skewer inserted into  the cake centre coming out clean.
While hot, spread top of cake with marmalade if desired.

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