About this recipe:This recipe has no fat and transforms some everyday ingredients in to something very delicious. This cake recipe also ticks all the boxes for a flexible cake, it can be made in advance, it is parev and it is ideal for Pesach.
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Method Prep:20min › Cook:3hr30min › Extra time:20min › Ready in:4hr10min
Put the oranges in a pan and cover with cold water. Bring to the boil, turn down the heat and simmer for 2 hours. Top up with more water if they start to boil dry.
Line a loose based 20cm/ 8 inch cake tin with baking parchment paper.
Pre-heat the oven to 170 C/ 150 F/ gas mark 2.
Remove the oranges from the water. Using a sharp knife, carefully remove the outer orange layer. Cut orange in half discarding any pips. Place in the food processor with the caster sugar, eggs, ground almonds, almond essence and baking powder. Blitz until smooth.
Transfer the mixture into the prepared cake tin & sprinkle the almonds over the top.
Bake in the pre-heated oven for 1 hour 30 minutes, covering with foil half way through should it start to burn on top.
Leave to cool and then cut into slices.
For the orange cream, combine the yoghurt/ mascarpone cheese with the sugar, orange juice and Cointreau.
To serve, dust the plate with some icing sugar and serve the cake with a generous spoonful of orange cream.
For Pesach I omit the orange cream and make this as a dessert. It is perfect to finish a seder or Yom Tov meal – to turn into ‘afters’ serve with ready made sorbet (orange or lemon) or parev ice cream (chocolate goes well with the orange and almond flavours). During the rest of the year, I like to serve this cake topped with thick yogurt mixed with some icing sugar and teaspoon of orange juice or orange liqueur like Cointreau.
There are three basic varieties of orange. The sweet variety is large and juicy but their skins are more difficult to remove. The Valencia and the blood oranges are two popular types of sweet orange. Sour tasting oranges, known as bitter oranges, are mainly used in cooking or for orange liqueurs - where their essential oils and peel is often an important ingredient. Loose-skinned oranges are the sweet kind of orange that peel and segment easily.
Always choose oranges that are heavy, firm and evenly shaped with smooth skins. As with lemons and limes, thicker skinned oranges will give less juice.