The Orange cake of my childhood 5 O’clocks
My nan does not enjoy cooking. That is what she says when asked: “No I don’t enjoy cooking”. Nobody believes her, yet she is so right. It is not cooking she enjoys, it is giving. Cooking is just a gift of love: A stew is in actual fact a hug, a cupcake is a kiss, a chocolate fondant a love letter… She used to bake a deliciously tanguy orange cake for our “goûter d’enfants”; of which the recipe has been lost even to her but I have found this one and I enjoyed it almost as much!
This is a recipe I dedicate to my brothers and all my cousins, to my mother and my lovely god-mother, in memory of happy days and in celebration of the “goûter” at Manille’s or Tatie Marie’s place. For a brief instant last week-end, a champagne tea-time gathered us again and the memories flooded back, illuminating a long darkened room in a nostalgic glow.
- Soft butter, 115g
- Sugar 115
- Eggs, 2 big
- Fine flour, 150g
- Baking powder, 1 tsp (1 sachet of levure chimique)
- Orange, 1 (unwaxed)
- lemon, 1 (unwaxed)
- Orange blossom water, 1 Tbsp
Warm your oven to 190°C.
Mix the butter, sugar and eggs in the thermomix. Blend for 1 minute at 37° C, speed 4.
Add the flour and raising agent, zest and juice of the orange and lemon, salt. A pinch of salt will suffice and you can replace it with bicarbonate of soda. Add the orange blossom water.
(This is a nod to my tender grand-mother who can hardly bake without “Eau de fleurs d’orangers”!)
Mix for 20 seconds speed 4.
Put into a cake tin or several small cake tins: I filled 6 of them with this batter.
Bake 25 minutes or 15 min if using small tins.
Decorate the top with a light icing, mixed with a tablespoon of orange juice.
French post script: Recette trouvée sur Papilles en éveil.