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A Bit of Food Porn for You… July 23, 2012

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And a cake for my mom.  (Because it’s her birthday.)

Simple, gooey, juicy, crunchy.

An easy, go-to white cake, enhanced with orange zest and almond extract.  Homemade dulce de leche.  Fresh orange, and a generous sprinkling of pecans.  Why, yes, you should be jealous of my mom.

Funny thing is, for four days I thought about what kind of cake to make.  Then it just happened this morning.  I dunno, kinda like when you go looking for a birthday card, and you spend like half an hour searching through all the crappy ones, trying to decide between a couple that are “Okay”, and finally you pick up one you didn’t see before and it’s like, “Bingo”.

Orange Nut Cake with Dulce de Leche

This cake… it is not vegan.  Could I make a vegan version?  Yes.  Maybe one day…

Ingredients for the cake:

1 cup sugar

zest of 1 large orange

1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp baking soda

couple pinches of salt

4 Tbsp butter

1/2 cup plus 3 Tbsp buttermilk, or soured milk (make soured milk by just adding a couple teaspoons of vinegar or lemon juice, and let sit for five minutes)

2 egg whites

1 tsp almond extract

1) Preheat oven to 350°F.  Grease a 9″ round baking pan, and line the bottom with parchment paper.  In  a large bowl, combine the sugar and orange zest.  Whisk well to “infuse” the zest into the sugar.  Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.  Whisk well again.

2) Throw in  the butter and buttermilk, and with an electric mixer, combine on low speed until it’s all incorporated, then amp up the power to medium, and beat for 2 minutes.  Scrape the bowl down, add the egg whites and almond extract, and beat on medium for another 2 minutes.  Pour batter into the pan, and bake for about half an hour, or until a toothpick comes out clean.  Allow to cool completely.

For the dulce the leche, you can buy it at the store, or if you have some patience and wanna be cool like me…

Combine 1/2 cup plus 2 Tbsp sugar, 1/8 tsp baking soda, and 2 cups of whole milk in a medium saucepan.  Why the baking soda?  It helps to achieve that luscious caramelly shade.  Anyway, whisk it all together, and over medium heat, bring to a simmer (avoid boiling).  Once the sugar is dissolved I switch to a wooden spoon.  Keep stirring, almost constantly, as the water evaporates from the milk and the mixture thickens and turns light brown.  Eventually, you should see the bottom of the pan as you’re stirring.  This will take around an hour.

What to do during this hour?  Call or text one of your buddies in a far away place (like New Orleans?)…

Me: “…I’m making dulce de leche right now…”

Chris: “Be there in five.”

Oh, and once your dulce de leche has thickened, add half a teaspoon of vanilla, and if desired, a drizzle of spiced rum, dessert wine, etc.  Let it cool.  If once it’s cooled you find it too thick/sticky, add a couple tablespoons of hot water until it’s easier to work with.  This makes enough dulce de leche to dress a single layer cake, plus extra for you to enjoy with a spoon ;)

To assemble the cake… drizzle some dulce de leche over the cake.  Segment an orange, and arrange it however you like.  MORE DULCE DE LECHE.  And some chopped pecans.

Happy Birthday to the woman who had me ripped from her uterus and taught me the importance of dulce de leche. 

And oranges.  Gotta have your vitamin C…

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2 Responses to “A Bit of Food Porn for You…”

  1. shawnreese Says:

    How you can put No Vegan recipe? This is Outrageous, and I for one am very offended. So what is it that makes you so interested in oppressing the vegan community? Mistasteful, displaceful, and controversial

  2. anna Says:

    gorgeous cake! and such great flavors, so much more interesting than ordinary frosting!


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