In Buenos Aires, everyone I speak to seems to have a recipe up their sleeve. Barely do I come across a person, or at least a woman, who doesn’t cook, and each one is always so generous with her recipes, they give them out for free.
I was speaking to a very nice lady at my gym yesterday, and she told me she was going to make a mandarin orange pound cake. The recipe seemed easy enough, and since mandarin oranges remind me of Chinese New Year and CNY always brings me happy memories, I decided I was going to make it too. It turned out SPECTACULAR. Definitely a recipe for keeps.
MANDARIN ORANGE POUND CAKE (Makes 1 large cake)
1) 1 cup of vegetable oil
2) 2 cups of sugar
3) 3 cups of self-raising flour
4) 2 eggs
1) Wash the mandarin oranges very well, and cut them into halves, removing all seeds.
2) Cut each half-orange into three slices
3) Blend the orange slices (including the orange skin) in a fruit-juice blender till you get a thick and consistent juice
4) In a mixing bowl, put in the sugar
5) Mix sugar and vegetable oil together till sugar dissolves
6) Sift in flour alternately with eggs
7) Add in the mandarin orange juice and mix well till you get a homogenous texture
8) Pour cake batter into a greased bundt baking mould
9) Bake in oven at 175 deg cel (medium heat for gas ovens) for 40 – 45 minutes or until a stick comes out clean when poked into cake
10) Allow cake to cool for 10 minutes before serving
Fresh mandarin oranges:
Cut oranges into halves and de-seed them:
Cut each orange-half into three pieces:
Put orange slices (together with skin) into a fruit-juice blender:
To get a thick consistent juice:
Mix sugar with vegetable oil:
To get this mixture:
Sift in flour alternately with eggs:
Add in mandarin orange juice:
Mix well to get this batter:
Pour batter into a greased bundt baking mould:
Fresh out of the oven!
Mandarin Orange Pound Cake anyone?