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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

The Sweet Taste of Blood... Oranges

There is one fantastical creature in the world that has blood running throughout it's body, and it is still considered to be vegetarian fare. Ah yes, the sweet, the juicy, the refreshing - blood orange. Blood oranges offer a magical pop of colour among the drab whites and greys of winter. They also offer superior antioxidant power compared to their plain orange counterparts, thanks to their anthocyanin content, which is the compound that is also responsible for their distinctive colouring. This peculiar citrus fruit is sweeter than a regular orange, and is about ten times as beautiful when you cut into it. It's mystical crimson-coloured segments make for lovely dried pot-pourri, and it's peachy marbled zest makes for an even lovelier olive oil cake!

Inspired by my one of my favorite food bloggers, and by the handful of blood oranges that I had in my fridge, I decided to have a date with my oven last night. I tried to follow the recipe as outlined on the blog that I was reading, however, I was missing one ingredient - yogourt. And, as you may recall from my previous post, I'm trying a buy-nothing week, I didn't want to have to go get it. Rummaging through my fridge, I found a substitute - which also might just have been the magical ingredient that took this cake over the top - a tropical vanilla YOP! What does the YOP change, you ask? It makes the cake batter smell and taste like a creamsicle. Yeah. That's right.
Childhood memories anyone?


Blood Orange YOP! Cake
Adapted from Smitten Kitchen

what you'll need
2 blood oranges
1 cup white sugar
½  cup Vanilla YOP!
3 large eggs
2/3 cup light olive oil
¼ cup orange juice
1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
1 ½ tsp baking powder
¼  tsp baking soda
½  tsp salt

how to do it
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter or line a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan.
Grate zest from 2 oranges and place in a bowl with sugar. Using your fingers, rub ingredients together until orange zest is evenly distributed in sugar.
Peel blood oranges with a knife, ensuring that there is no residue left. Peel away membranes. Break up segments with your fingers into small pieces.
Combine YOP! and orange juice. Pour mixture into bowl with sugar mixture and whisk well. Whisk in eggs and olive oil. In another bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Gently stir dry ingredients into wet ones. Fold in pieces of orange segments. Pour batter into prepared pan.
Bake cake for 50 to 55 minutes, or until it is golden and a knife inserted into center comes out clean.

1 comment:

  1. Wow!! I am going to try this one for sure!
    Seems so easy, as I baking cake is not one
    of my fortes!
    Thanks kiddo!
    xoxo

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