A moist sweet cake bursting with citrus flavour and the undertones of the exotic cardamon spice.
There is no arguing the natural marriage of these two flavours, a match made in heaven…..
Dress this cake with sweet fresh strawberries covered in the orange and cardamon syrup.
Cut a generous slice and serve with vanilla cream. Mmmmmmm dessert time.
This recipe is adapted from the cookbook; Delicious, Simply the best by Valli Little
- 250g unsalted butter, softened
- 220g caster sugar
- 4 eggs
- 50g plain flour, sifted
- 2 tsp baking powder
- finely grated zest and juice of 2 oranges
- 250g fine semolina
- 250g almond meal, pushed through a course sieve
- 120g this Greek-style yoghurt
- 250g punnet strawberries, halved or quartered
- finely grated zest and juice of 2 oranges
- 6 cardamon pods bruised
- 2 cinnamon quills
- 275g caster sugar
- Preheat oven to 170ºC and Grease a 23cm round springform pan, line the base with baking paper and lightly dust sides with flour, shaking off any excess
- Beat butter and sugar until thick and pale, add eggs one at a time beating well after each addition
- Fold in the flour and baking powder, followed by the orange zest, almond meal and semolina
- Add orange juice and yoghurt and stir until combined
- Pour into prepared pan and bake for 1 hour or until skewer comes out clean when inserted into centre
- cool n pan for 5 minutes
- Meanwhile, for syrup, place all ingredients in a saucepan with 375ml water
- Stir over low heat to dissolve the sugar, then simmer for 15-20 minutes until slightly thickened
- Prick surface of the warm cake all over with a skewer, slowly drizzle over half the syrup, then allow to cool
- Toss strawberries in remaining syrup, then drizzle over cake
MOIST, TASTY, YELLOW, TANGY, ZESTY, BITTER-SWEET, FRUITY, YUMMY, DELICIOUS.
There you have it, these descriptive nine words sum up these SCRUMPTIOUS (now make that 10 words :-)) Lemon Curd Cupcakes.
I made lemon curd using this recipe (here) from POPSUGAR Food. To make these cupcakes you only need to make a half batch of this lemon curd recipe, or you could make the whole batch like I did and make this Lemon Curd and Strawberry Pavlova , with the left over lemon curd, trust me its worth it :-).
RECIPE CREAM CHEESE LEMON CUPCAKES: (Recipe converted and adapted from POPSUGAR)
- 225g Plain flour, sifted
- Zest and juice from 1 lemon
- 1/4 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 200g unsalted butter
- 285g caster sugar
- 125g cream cheese, softened
- 3 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup Lemon curd
- Preheat the oven to 170ºC and line two cupcake pans with cupcake liners.
- Whisk together the flour, lemon zest, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl.
- In a stand mixer, beat together the butter and sugar, until fluffy and lightened in color. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula. Add the cream cheese and beat until completely incorporated.
- Add the eggs, one at a time, beating until no streaks of yolk remain. Add the lemon juice and vanilla, and mix until incorporated.
- Add the dry ingredients in three additions, scraping down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula between additions. Mix together until just combined.
- Divide the batter among the cupcake molds, filling each mold about 3/4 full.
- Bake for 24-28 minutes, or until a toothpick or cake tester inserted into one of the cupcakes comes out clean.
- Allow to rest for 5 minutes, then move to a cooling rack and allow to cool completely before filling with lemon curd.
- Using a watermelon baller scoop out a round in the centre of each cupcake.
- Sift powdered sugar over the tops of the cupcakes using a fine mesh strainer.
- Pipe the lemon curd into the cupcakes until it’s flush with the tops of the cupcakes.
I definitely cannot claim this recipe as my own, in fact I rarely can, I am the recipe “High-jacker”……….Now I do like to take a recipe and tweak it to make it my own… But this recipe needed no tweaking it is perfect just as it is, and why mess with perfect?
These delicious orange shortbreads are straight out of the latest issue of Gourmet Traveller Magazine, in fact they are on the front cover, and they enticed me as soon as I picked up the magazine. Sweet crumbly shortbread gently flavoured with orange and for a little texture some roasted pistachios YUM YUM YUM oh and lets not forget a little splash of Grand Marnier just to make these shortbread really special.
- 40g pistachios
- 220g butter, softened
- 375g pure icing sugar, sieved
- 60ml (1/4 cup) orange juice appox 2 oranges
- 30ml Grand Marnier
- 1 egg yolk
- 330g plain flour
- 40g candied orange, diced
- preheat oven to 180ºC
- spread pistachios onto a baking tray and roast until just golden, set aside to cool, then coarsely chop
- beat butter, 75g icing sugar and half the zest in an electric mixer until pale and fluffy
- combine orange juice and Grand Marnier set aside
- add egg yolk to butter mixture and beat until combined, then mix in half the orange juice mixture
- add flour, candied orange, pistachios and a pinch of salt, beat until mixture just comes together, turn out onto a lightly floured surface and form into a flat disc, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate to rest (1 hour)
- roll out shortbread on a lightly floured surface to 1cm thick and cut out 6.5cm- diameter rounds
- place onto lined baking trays and bake until pale golden on the edges 15-20 minutes (swapping trays halfway through cooking)
- cool on trays for 5 minutes then sprinkle with remaining orange juice mixture
- combine remaining icing sugar and orange zest, then shake through a course sieve over shortbread, dust heavily
So I have had an amazing start to this week, and that is the reason it has been a little while since I have written a post. We are away on a family holiday and although I had great intentions of keeping up with my blogging, family and fun have just taken up all my time. We have been staying in Canberra catching up with family, the kids are having a great time with their cousins and I love seeing them all together it is so nice. We then all headed off to the snow and spent two nights in Jindabyne which is only a short drive to Perisher were the kids had a great time tobogganing.
But the title of this post is not My Family Holiday, its Peanut butter chocolate slice. I made this slice just before we left to go on holidays and to quote the kids “mum this is the best slice EVA”. Now I’m not sure if it is the best slice ‘EVA’ but it really is pretty darn good.
The bottom of the slice is very much like a chocolate brownie and the peanut butter topping is perfect. I will be honest and say that I didn’t quite know what to expect with this slice but the combination of the peanut butter icing sugar and lemon really works. It is not too peanut buttery, not too sweet its just right and the slice in all is perfectly balanced and yummy. I will definitely been making this slice again YUM YUM YUM…..:-)
- 150g dark chocolate
- 100g unsalted butter
- 2 eggs
- 150g caster sugar
- 1 cup plain flour
- ¼ cup cocoa powder
- 2 cups smooth peanut butter
- 1¼ cups icing mixture
- juice of ½ lemon
- 200g milk chocolate
- ¼ cup toasted peanuts, chopped
1 Preheat oven to 160°C. Combine the chocolate and butter in a heatproof bowl and set over a saucepan of simmering water, stirring until just melted. Add the eggs and sugar and beat until smooth. Sift in the cocoa and flour, then spoon into a lined 20cm square cake tin and bake fro 40 minutes, until just set. Cool in the tin.
2 Combine the peanut butter, icing mixture and lemon juice in a bowl and whisk until smooth. Pour over the cooled chocolate slice, then refrigerate for 2 hours, until set.
3 Melt the milk chocolate gently and spread over the peanut butter layer. Sprinkle with chopped peanut, refrigerate for 1 hour, then cut into bars and serve.
This is a Fast Ed recipe :http://www.fast-ed.com.au/peanut-butter-slice/