Food Styling

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.

 

 

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

Dani Valent Cooking’s Chilli Lime Crumb

I love this recipe it’s as easy as 1,2,3 🙂 It’s another great recipe from Dani Valent (via Chef Sam Massari) from her In the Mix Cookbook & Dani Valent Cooking. Watch the free video here.

Lime chilli Crumb

Place all the ingredients into the bowl & heat them up.

 

Lime chilli Crumb

Blitz them up to form the crumb.

 

Lime chilli Crumb

Serve with cubes of melon & I tried pineapple too.

It’s great with rice flour to make salt & pepper squid – as per the recipe in the In the Mix Cookbook, or use the crumb to make spicy nuts YUM!

Lemon & Poppy Seed Cake

lemon poppy seed cake

This recipe is a slight variation on a family favourite when we were growing up, also the first job I ever had was helping a lady bake cakes to sell to cafe’s, & we made a version of this (along with the Chocolate Zucchini Cake recipe).

First soak your poppy seeds in the milk ( also if you run out of poppy seeds you can substitute with black sesame seeds if you need too :-))

poppy cake

Next blitz the lemon zest with the sugar, to make a lemon flavoured sugar.

lemon poppy seed cake making step 1

Mix all the cake ingredients together; the time is quick & the speed slower to avoid making the cake to tough & dry.

Another tip from my younger days is if you are not using your homemade butter use the paper that the butter came in instead of baking paper, it’s something my mum always did & she saved the butter papers in the fridge in case we needed to use them for a cake. It’s a great way to save money & time because the paper is already “pre-greased” with some of the leftover butter 🙂

lemon poppy seed cake in tin 2

While the cake is cooking you cake make the glaze. If you don’t have whole vanilla beans & you want to use vanilla bean paste that is fine too :-).

When the cake is cooked through poke some holes all around it & pour the glaze over so it soaks into the cake.

lemon poppy seed cake in tin

It’s the best served warm with a cuppa – enjoy!

lemon poppy seed cake

Lemon & Poppy Seed Cake
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Recipe type: Baking
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
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Serves: 12
 
Ingredients
  • CAKE
  • 100 grams poppy seeds
  • 120 grams milk
  • Zest from 1 Lemon
  • 200 grams sugar raw
  • 140 grams vegetable oil, or rice bran oil
  • 300 grams plain four
  • dash ground cinammon
  • 2.5 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • GLAZE
  • ⅓ vanilla bean, or 1 tsp vanilla extract/paste
  • zest from 1 Lemon
  • 40 grams butter cubes
  • 50 grams honey
  • 15 grams lemon juice
Instructions
  1. Soak poppy seeds in milk for 1 hr.
  2. Preheat oven to 175 degrees.
  3. Put sugar & lemon zest into the TM bowl & process for 20 secs on speed 10.
  4. Add rest of the cake ingredients to TM bowl & mix for 4 secs speed 4, scrape down sides of bowl & mix 4 secs on speed 4.
  5. Pour into lined cake tin & bake for approx. 45 mins or until cooked through.
  6. While the cake is cooking make the glaze by placing vanilla bean & lemon zest into the TM bowl & process for 20 secs on speed 10.
  7. Add remaining ingredients for the glaze and cook 2 mins 50 degrees speed 2.
  8. Process for 10 secs on speed 10.
  9. While cake is still warm stick a skewer into it quite a few times all over the cake & pour over Vanilla, Lemon Glaze.