Sunday, August 5, 2012

Sicilian Orange Cake

Last week I bought some oranges with the mind that I would like to experiment making some spiced cookies with nutmeg or cardamom. But that didn't quite happen as before I could even start, I stumbled upon this recipe for orange cake on Almost Bourdain when i was reading about Mediterranean food online. And now am so glad that I found this recipe. I have tried a lot of orange cakes but trust me this is by far the most moist, flavorful orange cake with perfect sponge that i have eaten. I opted not to do the icing and kept it simple by drizzling some icing sugar on the cake.

The cake was absolutely divine and we relished it till the last bite. Cant wait to make it again :)

Sicilian Orange Cake
adapted from Rick Stein's Mediterranean Escape

250 grams salted butter
1 cup grounded sugar
5 eggs (use 4 if you find large sized eggs)
Finely grated zest from 1 orange
2 cups all purpose flour or maida
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
1 teaspoon honey
1 teaspoon icing sugar

  • Sift flour and baking powder together and keep aside
  • Preheat the oven to 170°C and line a baking pan with butter paper and grease the walls of the pan with butter
  • Using an electric whisk, cream the butter and sugar together for 4-5 minutes until very pale. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, beating very well between each one, if necessary adding a spoonful of flour with the last egg to prevent the mixture from curdling. Beat in the orange zest. Add the flour all at once and mix in well, then slowly mix in the orange juice
  • Spoon the mixture into the prepared tin and bake on the middle shelf of the oven for 45-50 minutes or until a skewer, inserted into the centre of the cake, comes out clean. If it starts to brown too quickly, cover loosely with a sheet of lightly buttered foil
  • Leave the cake, in its tin, to cool on a wire rack, then carefully remove the sides and base of the tin and peel off the paper
  • Drizzle some icing sugar using a sieve and put it onto a serving plate

1 comment:

  1. My Hunger for the DELIGHT has trebled ...I am coming soon ..SOONER .. Almost there ...