Mother's Day Treat

Mother's Day Treat

Posted on 08/03/2016 in Autumn

This recipe makes a lovely dessert or teatime treat and it keeps brilliantly and is also dairy free. It can be a gluten free recipe too if you use gluten free breadcrumbs so it’s great for food intolerants, not that any one would realise! A perfect treat for Mothering Sunday on the 10th March.

Tunisian Orange Cake

Each cake will feed 10 

100g (3oz) fresh bread crumbs or gluten free bread crumbs

300g (10 ½ oz) caster sugar

165g (5 ¼ oz) ground almonds

2 ¼ level teaspoons of baking powder

330ml (10 ½ fl oz) sunflower oil

6 eggs

Zest of 1 ½ large orange finely grated

Zest of 1 lemon finely grated

Citrus syrup

Juice of 1 ½ orange

Juice of 1 ½ lemon

125g (4 ½ oz) sugar

3 cloves

1 ½ cinnamon stick

Preheat the oven to 180°C/Gas Mark 4. In a 3 and 4 oven Aga, cook in the baking oven, in a 2 oven, in the roasting oven using the cold shelf. Grease and line the base of a round 23cm (9in), 6cm (2in) deep cake tin, spring form if you have one.

Mix the breadcrumbs with the sugar, ground almonds and baking powder. Whisk together the oil and the eggs, pour into the dry ingredients and mix well. Add the orange and lemon zest and pour into the prepared tin.

Bake for 45 -60 minutes or until the cake is golden brown, and if you insert a skewer into the centre it comes out clean. Keep an eye on it whilst cooking as the high sugar content means the top will colour quickly.

Once the cake is cooked leave it in the tin for 5 minutes and then turn it out onto a large plate.

To make the citrus syrup, put all the ingredients into a stainless steel saucepan; bring gently to the boil, stirring until the sugar has dissolved completely and simmer for about 3 minutes. While the cake is still warm, pierce it with a skewer. Spoon the hot syrup over the cake and leave to cool. Spoon any excess syrup back over the cake every now and then until all the juice has been completely soaked up.

Lay the cinnamon and cloves on top of the cake for decoration and serve with whipped cream, thick Greek yogurt or dairy free alternative.