Friday, 16 January 2009

Almond and Orange Blossom Cake


Since my arrival in Singapore, I've been busy with shopping, eating and spending time with the family. I hardly have time to read all the feeds in my Google Reader, let alone cook! As I knew that I'll be too busy to spend time in the kitchen, so I've prepared a few new dishes and kept them in my archive when I was in SA. Almond and orange blossom cake is one such recipe that I chanced upon from 64 Sq Ft Kitchen, and I gave it a try some time in October. It is a dense cake, flavoured with orange blossom water, and it's extremely delicious!

Almond and Orange Blossom Cake Recipe
(Adapted from 64 Sq Ft Kitchen)


Ingredients:
4 1/2 ounce (128g) almond meal
4 1/2 ounce (128g) digestive biscuit, finely ground
2 1/4 ounce (64g) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1 3/4 ounce (50g) caster sugar
3 eggs
1/4 tsp baking powder
Pinch of salt
1/2 tsp vanilla essence
1/2 tbsp orange blossom water
Zest of half lemon


For the syrup:
7 ounce (200g) caster sugar
1 cup water
1/2 tsp lemon juice
1 tbsp orange blossom water


Method:
1) To prepare the syrup: In a saucer, add water, sugar and lemon juice, bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer for another 8 minutes. Remove from heat and let the syrup cool to room temperature.
2) Preheat the oven to 325 deg F. Grease a 9x5-inch loaf pan.
3) In a medium bowl, whisk together the almonds, crackers, sugar, baking powder, salt and lemon zest.
4) Add the orange blossom water, butter and eggs. Using an electric mixer, mix the batter until just incorporated.
5) Bake in the preheated oven for about 40 minutes, or until the top turns golden brown.
6) When the cake is done, remove from the oven, cut into pieces and pour the syrup over it. Let the cake cool in the pan, serve.

11 Comments:

squawmama said...

Oh this looks so yummy... I will be trying it soon... Thanks for the recipe...

(((HUGS)))
Donna

Best Cooking Schools said...

Your blog looks as yummy as the Almost cake. I love what you've done with the header.

Yan

pinkstripes said...

Oh, my. That looks really good. Thanks for sharing.

Snooky doodle said...

always such wonderful cakes in your blog. this cake so nice . strange ingredients but all yummy :) interesting flavours and nice combination :)

Hayley said...

The cake looks incredibly moist and so tasty. Nice work!

StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

That looks like a lovely cake. Would love a slice with my morning coffee! :)

Mallory Elise said...

brilliant photo!!

Manyaro said...

I tempted to try this recipe. Btw, do you know where can I find orange blossom water? beautiful picture of cake ! Have a wonderful holiday in Singapore. I'll be there in May...can't wait to have nasi lemak :)

aileen :: motu said...

hope u r enjoying your time in singapore!

Piggy said...

Hi all, thanks so much for your comments!

Manyaro - I got my orange blossom water in Saudi Arabia. When you're in SG, you can check out Mustaffa Center, I was told that it is available there. :-)

charlene said...

Sweet - can't wait to try it.