Orange & Almond Cake with Orange Syrup








250g ground almonds⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

2 large whole oranges (approx 450g) (+ 1 extra to slice for decoration).⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

150g maple syrup ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

6 free-range eggs⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

1 1/2 tsp aluminum free baking powder ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

1 tsp vanilla extract ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀



80g freshly squeezed orange juice ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

80g coconut sugar⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀



Method: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀


1. Preheat the oven to 160 and line a round cake tin with baking paper and set aside. 


2. Put the oranges in a large saucepan, submerge them with plenty of water and put a lid on the saucepan. Bring to the boil and then turn down the heat and gently simmer for 1 hour. Keep an eye on the water as you may need to add more I necessary. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀


3. Once the oranges are soft and cooked through, drain and leave them to cool. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

4. When the oranges are cool enough to handle, remove any pips and whizz in a food processor until completely blended. Add the rest of the cake ingredients and blend until everything is nicely mixed. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀


5. Pour the mixture into the lined bake tin and bake for about 45 minutes (or until a skewer comes out clean). You may need to cover the cake tin with baking paper about 30 minutes to stop the top from going too brown. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀


6. While the cake is baking you can make the syrup. Place the orange juice and coconut sugar into a saucepan and heat gently on low heat until mixed through and warmed. Set aside.


7. Once the cake is cooked through remove from the oven. Skewer the cake a few times before pouring the syrup over the cake and allowing it to absorb before serving. 










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