Recipe of the day – Spanish-themed lunch – Part 4 – Dessert!

And now to my favourite part – dessert!

I was looking for a spanish dessert but all I could find was Creme Caramel or Churros – neither of which (tasty though they no doubt are!) fitted the bill.

So I then searched on almonds and oranges (both of which we feasted on in Seville!) and came up with this recipe from chef James Martin. http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/orange_cake_with_a_18847

If I had read the recipe all the way through before I started (*important note to self!*) I would have begun 24 hours earlier!!  The (whole) oranges need to be boiled and cooled before you begin the cake!

IMG_1672So while the oranges were cooking in the bottom oven of the Aga I got on and made the sauce.  If I make this again (which I definitely will!) I’ll cut the orange segments up so they are much smaller in the sauce – but it was delicious!

Also I’ll weigh the oranges BEFORE I cook them – as when I had pureed them and the recipe says, ‘take 450g’ I only had about 275g (they were obviously small ones!) so I had to scoop out the orange pieces from the sauce mixture and add them in for the cake!

Plus I hadn’t got enough ground almonds so I used half ground almonds and half self raising flour – it was perfect though – I think it would have been too dense with all almonds.

My tin was 10.5″ and the recipe says 9″ – so if you use the right size tin it would be deeper!

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I also made a fresh fruit salad

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So there was cake and sauce, fresh fruit salad and cream, and/or vanilla ice cream!  All delicious!

I had prepared cheese and biscuits but we were all too full!

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