Sheared Bliss

Orange You Glad
November 15, 2009, 11:19 pm
Filed under: Baking, Food, Home | Tags: , , , , ,

It’s been a snowy weekend here – just right for getting things done around the house.  CodeMonkey re-caulked the downstairs bathtub and put up mini-blinds in my office.  This means that we only have one set of blinds left to put up in the whole house then we can move on to curtains!  I cleaned (the kitchen and bathroom are so sparkly now!), did laundry, and cooked.  There was black bean soup and cornbread for dinner then, because the snow had me craving a little sunshine, I improvised a cake.

Orange You Glad Cake

  • 2 oranges
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 cups white flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick unsalted butter – melted
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs

Preheat the oven to 350° F.  Grease and flour a loaf pan.

Zest both oranges then cut them in half and juice them.  You should get about 3/4 cup of juice.

In one bowl, combine the dry ingredients – flours, baking powder, baking soda, and salt – and whisk to combine.

In another bowl, combine 1/4 cup of the orange juice, the cream, and the vanilla extract and stir to combine.

In a third bowl (the work bowl of your stand mixer if you have one) combine the orange zest, 1 cup of the sugar, and the butter and cream together until well combined.  Add the eggs one at a time and beat until combined.  Add a third of the dry ingredient mixture and beat to combine.  Add half of the cream mixture and beat to combine.  Add anther third of the dry ingredients and beat to combine.  Add the rest of the cream mixture and beat to combine.  Add the rest of the dry ingredients and beat to combine.  Beat until light and fluffy.

Scrap the batter into the prepared loaf pan.  Bake for approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean.

After you remove the cake from the oven, use a skewer to poke it full of holes.  Put the last 1/2 cup of orange juice and 1/4 cup of sugar in a small sauce pan.  Bring to a boil and boil for about 3 minutes.  Pour the hot orange syrup over the cake (slowly so it soaks in instead of running over).  Eat immediately or let cool, cover, and keep in the refrigerator.  Tastes like sunshine.

Yes, there is a piece missing.  What?  It was yummy.


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looks great!
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Comment by Michael

That sounds wonderful! I’ll have to give this a try. It’s a good use for those slightly beat-up oranges they sell at the grocery store right now.

Comment by Batty

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