Orange cake

Being here in the Middle-east if there’s anything I miss besides my relatives and friends in India, it would definitely be the rain!! I love rain and even seeing the sky turn cloudy and dark gives me boundless happiness. It makes me forget any thought or thing that’s disturbing or nagging at my mind and cheers me up.

When I was doing my studies in college, back in Kerala, Monsoon was the time of the year that I eagerly awaited. Walking in the rain with my friends, all of us fighting to squeeze under one umbrella , bunking classes and enjoying tea and snacks in our college canteen on such rainy days were a few of our activities. We, that’s me and my friends, usually preferred to walk the 1.5 km distance from college to the main road  engaging ourselves in non-stop chatting. During monsoon, on days when its not raining too heavily, on our way back from college, we stop by water filled fields to take few snaps.

The blessing of rain is pretty rare here in this desert land and that has only increased my yearning for it. But last week we got our share of rain which lasted for 3 to 4 days. On one of those rainy days, I decided to bake this lovely Orange Cake  to have while enjoying the rain from my balcony. The cake was delectable and it was gone in no time.

Sooo..what next?? Yess ..the recipe!!! Here it comes:

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ORANGE CAKE WITH ORANGE CURD

Serves: 4 persons

Ingredients:

For Orange Curd:

  • Melted Butter – 50 gms
  • Eggs – 2 nos.
  • Sugar – 5 tbsp
  • Fresh orange juice – 1/3 cup
  • Orange peel – ¼ tsp

For Orange Cake:

  • Plain flour – 10tbsps
  • Baking powder – 1 tsp
  • Salt – a pinch
  • Egg – 2nos.
  • Sugar – 7 tbsp
  • Sunflower Oil – ¼ cup
  • Orange Juice – 1/4 cup
  • Orange peel – ¼ tsp

Method:

For Orange Curd:

  • Whisk together all the ingredients for the curd except the orange peel in a steel bowl.
  • Heat a saucepan of water and when the water starts simmering place the steel bowl over it and cook, whisking constantly until the mixture becomes thick. (This will take approximately 10 mins). Remove from heat and pour the curd through a fine strainer to remove any lumps.
  • Then mix in the orange peel and allow to cool to room temperature.

For Orange Cake:

  • Sift together the flour, salt and baking powder.
  • In a large clean bowl, beat the eggs using a hand mixer till it becomes nice and foamy and pale in color (for about 3 mins). Then add sugar and beat for a minute and then add oil and again beat for a minute more.
  • Fold half of the dry ingredients into the egg mixture followed by the orange juice  and then the remaining flour mix and fold. Finally add in the orange peel and mix till everything is well incorporated but be careful not to over mix. (If batter seems too thick add one or two tbsp of orange juice just to get the right consistency).
  • Pour the cake batter into a greased 9″x 5″ loaf tin and bake at 180C for 32 to 35 minutes or till a skewer inserted comes out clean.
  • Take out from the oven and allow the cake to cool completely before removing from the tin.

Assembling:

  • Slice the cake horizontally into two layers and spread a thick layer of orange curd on the top side of the bottom layer. Carefully place the second layer of cake over it and pour the remaining orange curd over it and serve.

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