Old Orange Sponge

I did it again, we all have, I know you have too – I bought fruit for the family, put it out in a pretty bowl, and …. no one ate it !

I used to sigh and throw them in the bin, more recently thrown on the compost heap – now, when I get old oranges, I don’t throw them away – I make my delicious Old Orange Cake.

It does contain a good deal of sugar, it doesn’t make the cake taste overly sweet, (I actually prefer my cakes less sweet than most people do), and it gives a lovely crispy crust on top.

When you start making the cake the smell might put you off a bit and you might think that the cake will taste of orange peel. Well it will but it will be a very pleasant taste so don´t stop.   

Ingredients:

4 (old) oranges
3 eggs
3 cups of sugar
100g butter
3 cups of flour
2 tsp baking powder

Method:

Make sure that your oranges are clean.

Cut the oranges in quarters, put in a pan and cover with water. The water is supposed to only cover the oranges, but you do need to end up with 2 cups of juice, after boiling down, so start with 2+ cups, you can always add a bit more if you don’t have enough at the end.

Bring to the boil, reduce the heat and let simmer for about 10 minutes.

Pour liquid into a measuring jug.

Mash the oranges to squeeze out more juice.

Now you should have about 2 cups of orange juice. (if not add some water and let everything simmer another 3 minutes)

When you have started the juice  put the butter into a pan and melt over a low heat and allow to cool down.

Beat the eggs and the sugar until white and creamy.

Add the juice and the butter to the eggs mix

Mix flour and baking powder in a separate bowl.

Add the flour, little at a time, to the egg mix. Stir well.

Pour into a baking tin and bake for 20-25 minutes 175°.

Serve as it is or with custard or ice cream.

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One comment on “Old Orange Sponge

  1. Katie says:

    Yum, this looks great! I really hate wasting food, especially fresh fruits and veggies. I’m going to have to save this recipe.

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