Dinner With The Omnivore

Mmmmmmm …….. cake. Put the kettle on, someone.

Posted on: May 3, 2010

I stole this almond and orange cake from Le Ski’s chalet recipe book, though obviously I’m not admitting to anything of the sort. It turns out moist and sticky, tastes like marmalade, and you can feed it to people on a gluten-free diet (or just eat it yourself, which is usually my preferred course of action). The orange-boiling sounds like faff, but it isn’t really and the result is well worth it.

Orange and almond cake

You will need: 6 eggs; 240g  sugar; 1 tsp baking powder; 240g ground almonds; two oranges.

Boil the whole and unpeeled oranges for an hour and a half, then remove the pips and puree the fruit. Whisk the eggs and sugar, then add the almonds and baking powder, before finally folding in the orange puree. Cook for 50 minutes at 180°C

And while we’re about it with the gluten-free thing, here’s a recipe for possibly the best chocolate cake you’ll ever eat.

Flourless chocolate cake

You will need: 200g unsalted butter, 200g plain chocolate, 5 large eggs, 200g ground almonds; 250g caster sugar.

Melt the butter and chocolate together over boiling water, then stir in the egg yolks and ground almonds. Whisk up the eggwhites intil they form soft peaks, then whisk in the sugar a bit at a time until you get a stiff shiny foam. Fold the chocolate and egg white mixtures together and scrape into an eight-inch cake tin lined with baking paper. Cover the top of the cake with another piece of paper and cook for about 40 to 50 minutes at 190°C.

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