Saturday, January 25, 2014

Sicilian oranges and almonds combined in a super-light cake


Do you know how to make an exquisite light and orange flavored cake?
Do you ever wonder what to prepare to your kids as afternoon snack that is healthy and tasty? Well... first of all let me tell you that it's definetely better if you have Sicilian organic oranges and Sicilian almond flour. Yes!

This cake is actually a lighter version of our traditional one called "pan d'arancio" which uses also butter.
Ingredients and preparation:
100 gr. almond flour
60 gr. flour
100 gr. brown sugar
4 eggs (to be separated)
2 organic oranges
16 gr. yeast in powder
icing sugar for topping 

In a bowl beat the yolks with the sugar until soft and fluffy. In another bowl, pour the almond flour and add the orange juice and the orange zest. Add this mix to the egg and sugar one and mix well. Then add the plain flour and the powder yeast.

Last, whip the egg whites with a tiny pinch of salt until stiff and gently incorporate them on the cake mix, being very careful because you don't want to deflate them, so use a spatula to help you and gently fold them in a sort of circular movement (from the top to the bottom) until they are completely combined with the rest of the mixture.

Now the cake is ready to go in the oven. To bake it I usually use a silicone cake pan which doesn't need paper or butter. Pour the mixture into the cake pan and bake for about 35-40 minutes at 180° C. After half an hour (never before!) check it with a wooden stick; if it's cooked and dry inside take it out of the oven and let it cool down for a while, before tranferring it on a serving plate. Sprinkle with icing sugar if you like and enjoy it with a cinnamon tea or a strong coffee!!!

NOTE: This cake has no butter nor oils nor milk. There are eggs and almond flour of course, but no other fats and a very small amount of flour and sugar. Obviously it's always a cake, it is NOT calories-free, but almonds are very good for our health and I think this is the proof that you can prepare an healthy and delicious cake without exceeding with the fats. And it's incredibly soft as well! Isn't it just superb?

If you want to prepare the typical Pan d'arancio click HERE

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