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Orange and Cardamom Loaf

Orange and Cardamom Loaf madebyjayne.com

I have abstained from baking, particularly cakes for the last few weeks. Well one can only abstain for so long! It was a long weekend here last week and I wanted to make a cake! You would imagine that I would have known exactly what to bake but that was not the case, choosing which cake proved to be a hard decision. Lots of recipe perusing left me with a craving for an orange cake, lots more perusing led me to the discovery of orange and cardamom cakes! After all this perusing I was out of time and now didn’t have all the ingredients for any of the cakes I found so I improvised, using my Lemon Olive Oil cake recipe but swapping orange and cardamom for lemon and making my own buttermilk as I forgot to buy yoghurt! I could not have been more disorganised if Id tried!

Despite my disorganisation this cake was a triumph! Orange and cardamom are a match made in heaven! The smell of the fresh ground cardamom and the orange zest is amazing, if ever I get around to making my own body scrub this will be the scent I use! The cake is light and fluffy and very moist.

note : Making your own buttermilk, if you don’t have any, is really easy! Just stir 1 tbsp of lemon juice into 1 cup of milk, it will begin to thicken almost immediately, leave for 10 minutes and use instead buttermilk

Orange Cardamom Cake

ingredients

  • 200 grams (1 cup) caster sugar (I use unrefined)
  • zest of 1 large orange (unwaxed if you can)
  • 3 cardamom pods
  • 2 eggs
  • 220 grams (1.5 cups) self-raising flour
  • 20o mls (3/4 cup) buttermilk
  • 155 mls (2/3 cup) olive oil

method

  1. Pre heat your oven to 180 C, 350 F, Gas 4. Grease and base line a loaf tin.
  2. Remove the seeds from the cardamom pods and grind until powdery using a pestle and mortar. Add to the sugar with the orange zest and using your fingers mix together well, this releases the oils in the zest and makes a wonderful fragrant mix.
  3. Whisk together the orange, cardamom sugar and the eggs, adding the eggs one at a time. I use my stand mixer for this.
  4. Mix in the buttermilk.
  5. Mix in the olive oil.
  6. Fold in the flour.
  7. Pour into prepared loaf tin and bake for 45 minutes.
  8. Allow to cool in the tin for 10 minutes before turning out to cool completely.
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