Boiled oranges

First, you boil the oranges.

Tonight I made some kind of crazy clementine cake. I actually made 2 versions – one with ground almonds and one with regular flour. I had to try this recipe out because I have a little shin dig to bring a cake to next week and wanted to try something a little different, but wasn’t brave enough to bring an untested boiled orange cake for everyone to try. Also, I’m going to a potluck tomorrow night and those poor guys can try out this cake. If it’s a bust tomorrow, then I’ll go back to my old standby, One Bowl Chocolate Cake. I’m just hoping this cake’s not too dry. My last couple o’cakes were on the dry side, or, as my mom says, “stroke your throat!”. I’ll let you know the dryness factor tomorrow.

These are the oranges after they’ve been boiled for TWO HOURS. It sure made the house smell nice. I picked up a couple of little bags of mini-clementines and they were seedless, so I was able to skip the de-seeding step in the recipe. Here’s the recipe I used.I love the photography on this website – very beautiful.

This recipe has hardly any ingredients in it all, but there are a lot of eggs in it. 6 eggs in one cake. Here’s the complete list:

4 to 5 clementines (about 1 lb.)
6 eggs
1 Cup plus 2 TBsp of sugar
2 and 1/3 Cups of ground almonds (or substitute all-purpose flour)
1 heaping teaspoon of baking powder

5 ingredients. See how I’m a little concerned? “Can this really make a proper cake?” I wondered.

Out of the two cakes, the prettiest one by far is the one made with ground almonds. It also looked the sturdiest coming out of the oven. Both cakes are cooling at the moment, so I’m not really able to test them just yet.

I’ve got a jar of Nutella in the cupboard, so I just may bring that with me tomorrow just in case these cakes taste like marmalade. I’m a little concerned about that. I’m not a marmalade fan at all. But chocolate and orange together? It could work. I’ll let you know how that goes!

Also, hooray for the potluck! I think I’ll see how many portraits I can get tomorrow at the party. I haven’t taken too many photos of faces lately and I sure do miss them.

One comment

  1. Jean says:

    They will be awesome! I’ve made the almond version as it’s gluten free, so, so good! I’ll venture much tastier than the flour one, as the almonds contribute so much flavor too.

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