Sunday, August 22, 2010

Orange Cake

Yield: 6
1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tablespoon blood orange zest
1 1/2 cups ground almonds
1 cup fine semolina
1/4 cup blood orange juice
1 cup blood orange juice
1/2 cup sugar
3 tablespoons orange liqueur (optional)
1 cup whipping cream
3 tablespoons reserved blood orange syrup

To Assemble
For cake, preheat oven to 350° F. Grease a 6-inch cake pan and line bottom with parchment. Beat butter and sugar together until smooth. Add eggs, one at a time, blending well after each addition. Stir in orange zest. In a separate bowl, combine ground almonds and semolina. Add almond mixture alternately with orange juice until all ingredients are incorporated. Scrape into prepared tin and bake for 40 minutes, until a tester inserted in the centre of the cake comes out clean.
For syrup, bring orange juice, sugar and orange liqueur up to a simmer. Simmer syrup for about 10 minutes, until it reduces a little and thickens slightly. Pull off the heat and allow to cool a little.
When cake comes out of the oven, let cool for 15 minutes. Pour half of the syrup over the cake while still in its pan. Let sit 5 minutes. Turn cake out onto a plate and brush remaining syrup over, reserving 3 Tbsp of syrup for chantilly. Let cool before slicing.
For chantilly, whip cream to soft peaks and fold in reserve blood orange syrup.
To plate, slice a piece of segment and dollop a spoonful of chantilly over top.
Yield: 1 6-inch cake.

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