flourless chocolate and orange cake …

this cake was made on the same night as the flourless orange cake – what was i thinking!  (i was thinking that i needed to get rid of the oranges.)

this recipe is from taste.com.au

2 valencia oranges
200g dark chocolate, chopped
100g butter, chopped
8 eggs
1 1/3 cups (300g) caster sugar
3 cups (300g) almond meal
double cream, to serve
icing sugar, to serve

1) place the oranges in a saucepan.  cover with water and a lid.  bring to the boil.  reduce to a low heat.  cook for 30 minutes. remove the oranges and set aside to cool.  roughly chop and place in a food processor.  process until a coarse paste forms.
2) melt the chocolate and butter in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water, stirring often until smooth.  set aside to cool.  (alternatively melt in a microwave-proof bowl in the microwave on medium/50% power, stirring every 30 seconds, for 2 minutes.)
3) preheat oven to 180°c.  line a 22cm cake pan with non-stick baking paper.  use an electric beater to beat the eggs and sugar in a large bowl until well combined.
4) fold in the almond meal, orange paste and chocolate mixture until well combined.  pour into the cake pan.  bake for 1 hour 20-25 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean.  allow to cool in the pan.  dust with icing sugar and serve with cream.

cooking time – 120 minutes; serves 12; gluten free

this cake was very moist, rich and, most importantly, it was delicious.   i’ll be making this cake again.  my brother loved it.  he loved it enough to make a public declaration on facebook >> “that choc-orange cake you made was sublime with some custard. well baked!”

after all that, i still some have oranges left.  marmalade anyone?

“chocolate cake may not fix everything but it’s a darn good substitute.”


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