Whole Orange Almond & Vanilla Cake

Orange almond cake 2

Could the world possibly need another whole orange cake recipe? I’m sure this popular recipe that has been tweaked many times over so here is my version to join all the others. The original recipes had the oranges being boiled for about 1 hour, I just love how the Thermomix makes this such an easy recipe but whizzing up the almonds into almond meal & whizzing up the whole oranges, plus it’s a great one for all those that love gluten free food.

Not many ingredients & it’s super easy to make.

Mill 250g almonds, 200g raw sugar & 2/3 of a vanilla bean with 2/3 tsp cream of tartar & 1/3 of a tsp bicarb soda for 20 secs speed 9.

 

Add 2 oranges that have been cut in half & 3 eggs chop on speed 7 for 10 secs, scrape down the bowl & repeat. Pour into a lined & greased 20 cm tin & bake for 45 mins at 180 degrees.

While the cake is cooking, place 50g sugar & 1/3 vanilla bean with zest from 1 orange into the TM bowl & chop for 20 secs speed 10. scrape down the bowl & add 50g orange juice cooking for 5 mins 100 degrees speed 1 & then add 25g butter & cook for 3 mins 80 degrees speed 1.

 

Skewer the hot cake a few times & pour the syrup over.

 

orange cake

You may like to decorate with orange segments fresh lemon thyme & rosebuds if you are feeling a bit fancy 🙂

 

Whole Orange Almond & Vanilla Cake
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Recipe type: Baking
Cuisine: Gluten Free Baking
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Serves: 12 slices
 
Ingredients
  • Cake
  • 250g Almonds
  • 200g Raw Sugar
  • ⅔ of a Vanilla Bean
  • 2 oranges with the peel still on, cut into halves
  • 3 eggs
  • Optional Syrup
  • ⅓ of a Vanilla Bean
  • Zest from 1 Orange
  • 50g Raw sugar
  • 50g Orange Juice
  • 25g Butter
Instructions
  1. Heat the oven to 180 degrees & grease & line a 20cm cake tin.
  2. Place almonds, vanilla bean & sugar into the TM bowl & chop for 20 secs on speed 10.
  3. Add the oranges & eggs & chop for 10 secs on speed 8.
  4. Pour mixture into the prepared cake tin & bake for 45 mins or until cooked.
  5. If you are making the syrup place the sugar, orange zest & vanilla bean into the TM bowl & chop for 20 secs on speed 10.
  6. Add the juice & cook for 5 mins, 100 degrees, on speed 1. Add the butter & cook for 3 mins, 80 degrees speed 1.
  7. When the cake comes out of the oven poke a skewer through the cake multiple times all over the cake & pour the syrup over the cake.

 

 

Family Favourite Lamb Pie topped with Sweet Potato Mash

Weekday family comfort food at it’s best & it’s hubby’s favourite dinner too, so I know how to get into his good books -just make this for dinner & some apple pie with custard for dessert 🙂

Lamb Pie

Family Favourite Lamb Pie topped with Sweet Potato Mash
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Recipe type: Family Comfort Food
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Serves: 6 - 8 serves
 
Comfort food to keep the whole family happy - try different veggies or a combo of veggies for the topping, cauliflower, potato, parsnip, jerusalem artichoke.
Ingredients
  • 1kg lamb, cubed
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 each sprigs fresh rosemary and thyme leaves
  • 1 brown onion halved
  • 2 sprigs fresh flat leaf parsley
  • 400g tomatoes, diced, canned (or fresh cherry tomatoes)
  • 50g tomato paste
  • 100g frozen peas
  • 1 carrot halved
  • 1 celery stick cut in two
  • 1tbs Stock Concentrate
  • Salt & Pepper, to taste
  • 2 bay leaves, fresh, or dried
  • 10g cornflour (optional)
  • 20g olive oil
  • Sweet Potato topping
  • 1kg sweet potato cubed, no need to peel
  • 50g Good Parmasen cheese
  • 250g milk or cream
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 30g Butter
  • 1 clove garlic
Instructions
  1. TOPPING- Chop parmasean cheese (and garlic) for 5 secs speed 10.
  2. Set it to one side.
  3. Insert the butterfly whisk & add your sweet potatoes, milk or cream (or a mix of both) salt & pepper, cook for 15 - 20 mins 100 degrees speed 1 until cooked completely.
  4. Add the butter & mash for 20 secs speed 4.
  5. Place to one side while you make the filling (or you can make the filling first & then make the topping, your choice!)
  6. LAMB FILLING -Place garlic & herbs into TM bowl & chop for 5 secs speed 7.
  7. Add onion, carrot & celery & chop for 5 secs speed 4, you may need a couple of seconds longer depending on their size.
  8. Scrape down side of the bowl add the oil & saute' for 3 mins Varoma temp speed 1.
  9. Add lamb & cook 10 mins 100 degrees reverse speed 1.
  10. Add remaining filling ingredients except the peas & cook for 20 mins 100 degrees reverse speed 1. Add the peas & cook for another 5 mins 100 degrees reverse speed 1.
  11. Pour mixture into a large baking dish.
  12. Spread with your sweet potato topping & cheese.
  13. Bake in the oven at 180 - 200 degrees for 20 mins or until brown.

 

Lamb Pie with spoon

Fresh Pasta Photoshoot

What a fun morning we had at TAFE in the studio – I whipped up a batch of fresh pasta dough in the Thermomix (2 eggs & 200g flour with an optional tbs olive oil & kneaded for 2 mins in the Thermomix) I got out the pasta machine & rolled it out. I wanted to try a different style of food photography – after getting my classmate to be a hand model – I decided I wanted my own “posh lady” hands in the shot instead & was very pleased with quite a few of the photos I got. After a bit of editing I will probably use this first shot for our end of year exhibition.

emotive food pasta

emotive food pasta side view

 

emotive food pasta overhead

emotive food pasta side view craig

emotive food pasta overhead 2