Orange Cake with Orange Syrup #SundaySupper

Mar 31, 2013 by

Happy Easter Sunday! I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend. I am almost at the end of a four-day Easter weekend. We had our very first Spring-like day yesterday and I got a chance to spend the day out with my family. I’m so ready for April! The last 2 weeks in March were pretty taxing, but everything seems to be returning to somewhat “normal”. Apparently March 31st is National Oranges and Lemons Day! For today’s #SundaySupper, we are sharing with you some of our best citrus recipes. I’m absolutely loving the line up! Our fun and fabulous host is Jen from Juanita’s Cocina!

I love Oranges in my cooking and baking. I must admit, I don’t  include it enough but when I do, it’s always great. When I baked my first orange cake a few months ago, I was so impressed with the fact that I could utilize the whole orange and not just the juice OR the zest. I was very disappointed when I misplaced that recipe and could not find it in time for today’s post. I will find it, but I know it will take some time. This recipe is just as good and the syrup is a winner!

 

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Orange Cake with Orange Syrup #SundaySupper

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Recipe from the book "500 Cakes" by Susannah Blake

Ingredients

  • 1 Orange
  • 1 1/2 Sticks Unsalted Butter, at room temperature
  • 3/4 Cup Superfine Sugar
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1 1/4 Self-Rising Cake & Pastry Flour
  • 1/2 Tsp Baking gSoda
  • 4 Tbsp Ground Almond
  • Orange Syrup: The zest and juice from an orange + 1/4 Cup Granulated Suagr

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 375F
  2. Grease a 10 inch spring form cake pan, line with parchment and set aside
  3. Grate the zest of the orange and set aside
  4. Remove the flesh of the orange ensuring the pith and any seeds are removed. Place the flesh and any remaining juice into a food processor and blend until smooth, about 20-30 seconds
  5. In a medium bowl, sift in flour and baking soda. Set aside.
  6. In a large mixing bowl, beat the sugar and the butter. Beat the eggs one at a time until incorporated.
  7. Gradually fold in the flour until combined and then fold in the ground almond
  8. Bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean
  9. Allow to cool in the pan for about 15 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack
  10. To make syrup: In a small saucepan, add orange zest, orange juice and sugar. Gradually bring to a boil then stir. Reduce heat and allow to simmer for about 8 minutes, stirring occasionally. Take care not to leave the saucepan unattended. Remove from heat when the syrup has a sticky consistency. It will continue to thicken as it cools
http://lovelypantry.com/2013/03/orange-cake-with-orange-syrup-sundaysupper/

 

Fact: I do not enjoy eating oranges. But I will drink the juice, cook and bake with the zest, juice and flesh. Strangest thing I’ve ever heard.

 

Baking with oranges gives not only a pleasant aroma, and a gorgeous hue, but also a very light and fresh taste to the cake. This recipe did not require a full cup of sugar as the orange gave it additional sweetness. By itself though, this cake is not a very sweet cake. Its partner does a great job where the true sweetness is concerned.

 

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I’m not sure why I had not thought of blending the flesh of the orange before. Total genius. Not only do I get the juice, but I get the added fiber from the orange as well.

 

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Orange Cake Collage

 

Just so that we are clear…the cake and the syrup stay together. This cake is best served warm after the syrup has been allowed to soak into it for a few minutes. A brilliant transformation takes place and the cake just tastes that much better.

 

 Orange Cake with Orange Syrup_2

 

I hope you’ve enjoyed my recipe today. Please take a look at the recipes by my fellow #SundaySupper bloggers.

 

Better with Citrus Breakfasts:

Big On Citrus Breads & Condiments:

Make You Pucker Salads, Sides, & Main Dishes:

Sour Citrusy Sweets & Desserts:

Sour Sips & Drinks:

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Roast Chicken With Orange Gremolata #WeekdaySupper

Feb 27, 2013 by

I love being in the kitchen. A while back, cooking used to be a leisurely hobby that I loved to do from the desire to nurture my family. On occasion, I will have the time to prepare wonderful meals that keep me in the kitchen and on my feet for a few hours. Being a stay at home Mother to my children allows me to support my family in a way that only I can, at the moment. As the kids get older and become more active and busy with life outside of the house, my cooking time gets cut down. Soon, I will have to start focusing on how I will prepare meals when I return to the working world. It’s okay if I cook on a Friday night now, but at some point – I’m pretty sure that will become history :-) I will need someone to cook for ME.

#SundaySupper is a movement that encourages families to eat together at least once a week, typically on a Sunday but this could be any day of the week based on a families scheduling. As an extension of #SundaySupper, we are pleased to share with you #WeekdaySupper! We will be sharing quick and easy meals every day of the week. How awesome is that? Today I am sharing with you a #WeekdaySupper that is super easy and flavourful with wonderful fresh ingredients ~ Roast Chicken with Orange Gremolata. I found this lovely recipe in the Weight Watchers New Complete Cookbook. I totally forgot I had it.

What I loved about this recipe the most, is that it used fresh ingredients to season and infuse flavour into the chicken. I didn’t change the ingredients, I just changed how I prepared it. The instructions required me to “grill” and turn each piece every 10 minutes until it was cooked through. Well, this is a mid-week supper. I could be doing something else while the chicken is in the oven. So, I roasted the chicken! Its my favourite way to prepare chicken these days anyhow.

 

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Roast Chicken With Orange Gremolata #WeekdaySupper

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

This recipe was slightly adapted from Weight Watchers, The New Complete Cookbook.

Ingredients

  • 8 Chicken Thighs, skin on
  • 1/2 Cup Chopped Fresh Parsley
  • Grated zest of an Orange
  • 3 Garlic Cloves, minced
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil + some to brush over chicken
  • 1 Tsp Cumin
  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • 1 Tsp Black Pepper
  • Additional Salt & Pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375C (Roast)
  2. Prepare Gremolata: In a small bowl, mix parsley, garlic, oil, parsley, cumin, salt and pepper. Reserve 3 tbsp for garnish
  3. Lightly brush chicken with olive oil. Season chicken thighs with salt and pepper
  4. Place about a teaspoon of the Gremolata under the skin of each chicken thigh.
  5. Roast chicken for about 30-40 minutes or until cooked through
  6. Serve with rice and garnish with fresh gremolata
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The first question that came to mind when I saw this dish was “What is Gremolata?”. Gremolata is an Italian Condiment that typically consists of Parsley, Lemon Zest, Garlic and Oil. There are many variations, some substituting the parsley for herbs like rosemary, mint, sage or cilantro. Additions may include capers and chopped nuts. Gremolata can be served with pasta, most meats as well as fish. Lots of possibilities with this one. I’m sure I will be trying out some other recipes using Gremolata.

 

Orange Gremolata Ingredients

 

I was surprised how quickly this came together. So fresh and fragrant.

 

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Orange Gremolata

 

A teaspoon of Gremolata goes a long way. I spread it evenly under the chicken skin.

 

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Roast Chicken with Orange Gremolata

 

Dinner is served in no time. My husband found this meal to be different from what we normally have so I got a nod for choosing this recipe. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

 

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Roast Chicken With Orange Gremolata

 

Dinner during the week can be easy, flavourful and healthy too. 😉 Enjoy!

 

This Week’s  #WeekdaySupper Recipes:

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Orange and Almond Muffins

Apr 23, 2012 by

Muffins are so simple, and tasty to make. I mean, who doesn’t love a good muffin, right? I pulled out my little muffin recipe book called “100 Muffins from 1 Easy Recipe” and found another nice recipe. The last muffins I made from this book were the Easter Muffins and they were great. These were just as light and just as simple. They could easily be a quick breakfast on the go, or a snack. What I love is that there’s not too much sugar but it has a lovely citrus flavour. Really nice! The kids loved them, but they started to slow down once they hit the middle. I guess there’s no sugar in the middle! They also asked where the frosting was….

 

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Orange and Almond Muffins
Recipe Type: Muffin
Author: Lyn
Prep time: 20 mins
Cook time: 20 mins
Total time: 40 mins
A light, citrus infused muffin
Ingredients
  • 2 Oranges
  • 1/2 Cup Milk
  • 1 1/2 Cups All Purpose Flour, Unbleached
  • 1 Tbsp Baking Powder
  • 1/8 Tsp Salt
  • 1/2 Cup Superfine Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Ground Almonds
  • 2 Eggs
  • 6 Tbsp Sunflower Oil (or melted cooled butter)
  • 1/2 Tsp Almond Extract
  • 3 Tbsp Turbinado Sugar (Raw Sugar)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400F
  2. Grease a 12-cup muffin pan, or use 12 paper liners
  3. Finely grate the rind from both oranges and extract the juice into a measuring cup
  4. To the measuring cup with juice, add milk to make a full up and add rind
  5. In a large bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, and salt
  6. Stir in sugar and ground almonds
  7. In a large bowl, lightly whisk eggs, then beat in the orange/milk mixture, oil and almond extract
  8. Make a well in the dry ingredients and pour in the liquid mixture
  9. Stir until just combined. Take care not to over mix
  10. Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin pan
  11. Sprinkle Turbinado Sugar over the top of the muffins
  12. Bake for 20 minutes until well risen, golden brown and firm to the touch
  13. Allow muffins to cool in the pan for about 5 minutes before serving
Notes

Slightly adapted from “100 Muffins From 1 Easy Recipe”, Page 60

 

Even before it is baked, it smells really good!

 

Zesty Batter

 

I like the coarse grittiness of the Turbinado Sugar. It gives a nice crunch at the end.

 

Muffin liners filled with batter and topped with Turbinado Sugar

 

The house smells great right about now!

 

Orange & Almond Muffins fresh out the oven!

 

I used Navel Oranges for this recipe. I find them to be sweet and very juicy.

 

Orange & Almond Muffin

 

Such a great little muffin. Bake, grab, go!

 

Orange & Almond Muffins

 

Happy Monday my dear friends! Have an awesome week!

~Lyn

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