Monday, November 8, 2010

Bizcocho de Naranja - Orange Cake

Christmas is coming!
My mum used to make Christmas one of the most magical times of the year - and to this day I can close my eyes and remember her bustling in the kitchen preparing all the amazing food that would be either baked for presents for people or made so we could eat for weeks!!  She would start thinking about what to make at least a month in advance so she could always prepare a magical Christmas Eve surrounded by her small family in Australia..remembering the rest of the family afar in Argentina... somehow the food was always a connection to a far away land that was never that far from our thoughts and hearts...

I'm going to publish some Christmas favourites over the next few weeks to give you some ideas of great Christmas dishes you can make!

 Bizcocho de Naranja - Orange Cake

  • 4 eggs
  • 200 grams of sugar
  • 100 grams of plain flour
  • 125 grams of cornflour
  • 200 grams of butter (melted)
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 250 grams of apricot marmalade
  • 3 oranges
  • 200 grams of powdered sugar
 In a bowl place the flour, cornflour and baking powder.  In a separate bowl place the eggs and sugar and bet until frothy.  Scrape the rind of one orange.  Place all these ingredients together and mix well with the melted butter.

Place in square mould which has been well lined and place in a pre-heated oven (180 degrees).  Bake for approximately 40 minutes - until a knife comes out clean.

Whilst the cake is baking place the apricot jam through a sieve. Take the juice and place a teaspoon of sugar and mix through.  In a pan heat up the jam and cook for 5 minutes.  Remove from the heat and leave it to cool.

Cut the cake in half.  Place the juice of one orange on one half of the cake.  With the rest of the jam which was left in the sieve spread over the other half of the cake.

To make the glaze:
Take the powdered sugar, the juice of half an orange, two tablespoons of water.  On a soft heat without boiling, stir the mixture.  Once stirred through place the mixture over the cake with a spatula.  Take a few slices of orange and place as decoration on top.  Leave the cake to settle overnight.

Cocinar, comer y ser feliz!

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