sticky demerara orange and almond loaf cake

sticky demerera orange
and almond ca
ke
I seem to be obsessed with citrus fruit at the moment. It probably isn't that surprising since apart from stores of apples and pears, British fruit isn't in season. But I am more than happy to satisfy my need for fruit by eating some that is in season somewhere else. Which doesn't strictly adhere to my intention to only cook seasonally and locally. But I've always liked bending the rules, particularly when they are my own.

So in the past few weeks, apart from gloating over my haul of citron beldi (like a fat, scaly dragon covetously protecting her precious hoard), I seem to return home every day with yet more citrus fruit, from blood oranges to minneolas. The blood oranges have to be a given really because their magic is in the secret lurking under their skin - a beautiful deep pink flesh and juice. Truly glorious stuff.


But this is the first year I have cooked with minneolas, a type of tangelo. These are a cross between grapefruit and a tangerine and they are beautifully sweet without being sickly. They also appeal to my love of form, with their rough bell shape, and my love of cartoon fruit as they seem to have a funny little bobbly noses (or nipples). Fortunately I have managed not to name my minneolas so I have actually been able to use them, otherwise little Ronnie, Rupert and Bob will stare at me reproachfully from a bowl in the kitchen until they dry out completely and make their final trip to the compost heap.

So I return again to one of the first cakes I ever baked and one of my favourites. It is one of Nigel Slater's recipes - originally his demerara lemon cake with ground almonds - only this time I have used minneola oranges. It was absolutely perfect. In fact this time, I ground my own almonds. So the texture of my ground almonds as opposed to the ones you can buy ready-ground, is much rougher. I can only say that I think that it may have improved the texture of this quite rustic cake. And to be honest I didn't think you could improve on perfection, but it turns out that you can!

Since this is a Nigel Slater recipe, I am entering into Janice at Farmsgirl Kitchen Nigel Slater Dish of the Month challenge, , jointly hosted by Sue at A Little Bit of Heaven on a Plate. Janice and Sue are challenging you to cook a Nigel Slater recipe every month. It will be my pleasure! This is such an enjoyable challenge and it is so enjoyable to see how everyone interprets Nigel Slater's recipes.

10 comments:

Janice Pattie said...

oh that looks so good. I love minneolas and they would be so good combined with the ground almonds. Thanks for joining us for Dish of the Day, always a pleasure to see your posts.

Hannah said...

After months of cold storage apples, I crave citrus (and rhubarb!) like crazy too. It's all about shaking off the winter and feeling fresh for the new season. Your cake looks absolutely stunning, perfectly sticky!

Susan heavenonaplate said...

If that photo didn't tempt you to make that recipe I don't know what would, looks stunning and thanks for entering.

belleau kitchen said...

it's a beautiful photo of what must be an incredible tasting cake... love this challenge, love Nigel... nice work!

Emma said...

Hello, this cake looks delicious, I love citrus in cooking its so refreshing and you can kid yourself into believing you are having one of your five a day!!! This one is definitely entering my list of things to cook. Thanks for sharing :)

Marmaduke Scarlet said...

Janice - your Nigel Slater Dish of the Month challenge is an absolute pleasure to take part in!

Marmaduke Scarlet said...

Hannah - it was very sticky. Actually I made two loaves but the second one wasn't being eaten for a couple of days as I was taking it round to some friends. It got another dose of orange syrup the day before and it just oozed citrus!

Marmaduke Scarlet said...

Susan - a pleasure. It really is a fabulous challenge and great fun to be a part of :)

Marmaduke Scarlet said...

Dom thank you so much. I have citrus on the brain at the moment and just want to keep baking more and more sticky cakes!

Marmaduke Scarlet said...

Emma - nice to see you! I have to confess that if I'm not getting my 5-a-day in cakes, I rather like them in cocktails too! (oops - probably not what the government intended with their healthy eating message!)