Sunday, February 7, 2010

Orange Almond Cake (Vegan, Gluten Free)



This is the most amazing and simple fool- proof cake that never fails. You can use lemons instead, but make sure it has the same weight as the oranges. A little note about this cake, you have to like the flavor of marmalade, since this has a tinge of bitterness to it because it's made with the pith and rind. That is why I added as an option bittersweet chocolate chips to add in the batter for more sweetness, if you prefer, however I like it the way that it is. If trying this out, please leave your comments. Especially delightful when served with vanilla ice cream, yoghurt or crème fraiche.
ingredients
3 large oranges
2 cups brown sugar
½ cup soymilk
2 cups almond meal
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 cup bittersweet chocolate chips (optional)
Serves 10


Directions
1 Bring a pot of water to boil, add the oranges, cover and simmer for 1 hour.
2 Strain off the water, and let the oranges cool.
3 In the meantime, food process the sugar and soymilk until dissolved and pour into large bowl.
4 When oranges are cool. Cut in half and de-seed them and put the oranges with peel and pith into the food processor until reasonably smooth.
5 Pour the pulp into the sugar and soymilk mixture. Then add the almond meal, baking powder and chocolate chips (optional) gently mix together.
6 Spray cooking spray into 9X11 baking dish. Bake at 375F for 1 hour.
7 Leave the cake to stand for 10 minutes, then turn it out on a cooling rack and allow cooling for an hour.
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