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Whole Orange Almond & Vanilla Cake

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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.

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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.

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

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You may like to decorate with orange segments fresh lemon thyme & rosebuds if you are feeling a bit fancy ๐Ÿ™‚

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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.

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Lemon & Poppy Seed Cake

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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 :-))

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

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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 butterย 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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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.

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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
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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.

Quince Cook Up

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Do you love quinces? I most certainly do, what’s not to love? The gorgeous deep ruby pink colour they turn into when cooked is just amazing – I always make quince paste, I absolutely love it with cheese. Last year I had to test a quince paste recipe & made it about 10 times I’m sure! I gave it away to friends mostly but did discover a batch only about a month ago that I had forgotten about in the fridge. For me I can’t bring myself to buy quinces, my neighbour has a tree & they are happy for me to use them. Last year one of ย my customers gave me a massive bucket of them off her tree & another friend of a friend invited me to help myself to their tree.ย My Mum’s neighbour also has a huge tree & she is happy to share her produce with us too. So now I have my quince suppliers sorted I have to create & sample awesome quince recipes.

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The year before last I created quince curd with my friend Erica & quince relish that are amazing recipes even if I do say so myself. The relish served with homemade sausage rolls just lifts the whole dish to something really special. My friend Charlie recommends her quince jelly recipe.

 

Roasted quinces

 

Steamed quinces for a cake

 

So this year I had decided to boycott making quince paste & wanted to try some different quince recipes. I roasted some & ate them just like that with no sugar or anything YUM! I also tried an amazing recipe from the MasterChef at home cookbook for a quince crumble cake with ginger chilli syrup & basil cream. I would definitely make it again but may need to share it with someone – I was the only one in our household that ate it!

Thermomix poached quinces with ginger chilli & vanilla for the crumble cake.

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I made an amazing vanilla bean panna cotta with a quince syrup have a look on my instagram for the video of the wobble. – when I was trying to make the syrup I accidentally made a paste that I am going make into a Maggie Beer style swirled quince ice cream 😀

I also made Michelle Crawford’s Quince & Walnut cake.

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When I went to Ellies for the 2nd part of her cookbook photo shoot I stopped into sea soul studio to borrow some of her amazing ceramics & she also had some quinces to give away from her amazing garden. So that night at Ellies after all the seafood cooking was complete we made Ellie’s quince paste recipe so we could give Sarah some when I returned her ceramics. I can’t believe I hadn’t tried Ellie’s quince paste recipe before now you don’t need to peel or core the quinces – I wanted to use Fiona Hoskins recipe with a bit less sugar too. Ellie even said that making quince paste in the thermomix was one of the things that made her want to buy a Thermomix.

Some points to remember when making quince paste the timing will be very different depending on your quinces. They will have different pectin levels, I added lemons for this reason & the fact that they taste so good. You have to go by site waiting until the deep ruby colour is achieved.

So in the morning we still had more quinces so I decided to make another batch & we had run out of sugar so we decided to use honey from our “styling honeycomb” instead. It didn’t end up setting as well but it was very tasty.

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Of course when I got home I just had to make another batch of quince paste for myself & we actually used it for our studio photo shoot at TAFE. I also made herbed lavosh from the Devil of a Cookbook. We served the quince paste with King Island blue cheese covered in ash OMG it was such a good combo a new favourite for me. Also perfect with Bangor sparkling wine.

 

Prep Prop Style Shoot Workshop August 2015

I have been so excited about this workshop & got to pick up our stylist & photographer for the weekend JJ of 84th & 3rd from the airport on Friday night & drove her down to Mussel Boys on the Tasman peninsula where chef Eloise Emmett was preparing food for a wonderful weekend of food styling & photography.

Day 1: We started with styling morning tea ๐Ÿ™‚ Apple crumble cake -recipe from Ellie’s the real food for kids cookbook.

Morning Tea PS

I made some dips in the Thermomix too ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Lunch anyone?YUM!! You will never be hungry on a food styling workshop ๐Ÿ˜‰

Lunch 2

My most favourite salad ever Ellie’s Octopus Salad!!

 

I was so happy I was able to use the Thermomix for the creme’ patisserie & ganache for the sponge cake. Ellie even used it to make the sponge cake.

 

My happy accident arty cake shot ๐Ÿ™‚

 

The amount of drooling happening while all the cameras were shooting the cake being assembled was intense & amazing!!

 

Oh & then we had to eat it of course!! I think I am in foodie heaven!!

(I will be adding in more photos of our G&T’s & our delicious dinner later on)

Good Morning

Breakfast shoot ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Yes I got to use the Thermomix again for JJ’s green smoothie recipe – find it on her blog – link below.

 

We had an excursion to a local oyster farm, we had a shucking lesson & tasting with some more amazing sparkling wine from Bream Creek Vineyard.

I was so happy with this shot I actually printed out for my exhibition for TAFE & titled it “Taste of the Sea”

 

JJ tasting the best oyster of her life ๐Ÿ™‚ You can buy her ceramic versions of the oysters to use as a salt dish on The Decadent Pantry.

 

We finished off our amazing weekend with a picnic – as soon as we set it up outside it started to rain & we had to bring it indoors to shoot it. (I will upload pictures of this soon)

I had the best time on this weekend, I learnt so much about styling & shooting made some new friends & not to mention the endless feast of the most amazing food & beverages. Very happy memories made indeed & I want to Thank Ellie & JJ so much for organising & running the event.

See JJ’s blog post here & Ellie’s post hereย which includes the video of the “The Shuck Off” oyster shucking race ๐Ÿ™‚