Saturday, 30 June 2012

dense chocolate & orange cake

I have not had many run-ins with the law... I've got a pretty good driving record and only one parking ticket to my name... But I have been escorted out of a bookshop for breaking the law (well, the bookshop's law).

I blame this cake!

I was browsing through the cooking section of a bookshop one day and came across this recipe, it caught my eye. I got out my phone to take a picture of the cover of the book so that I could buy it later and was confronted by an undercover staff worker who flashed his ID badge at me and informed me that I was committing an infringement on the rules of the bookshop. He then checked my bag and escorted me out of the shop! Hmph. Oh the humiliation of being a felon!

I did end up buying the book - but not from that shop!!

This cake is understated. It has very few ingredients but a tonne of flavour and produces a sophisticated result from a few very common ingredients. You shouldn't dress it up, it doesn't need icing and is actually too moist to be able to stack or heavily decorate. Just let it be what it is.

This is a chocolate and orange cake, but I'd like to disassociate it from jaffas. Jaffas are gross; chocolate and orange cake is delightful.  (Also, jaffa races? only in New Zealand.)

Chocolate Orange Cake
from nigella lawson's 'how to be a domestic goddess'.

125g unsalted butter
100g dark chocolate
300g good quality marmalade (this can be substituted for any other flavoured jams if you like)
150g caster sugar
pinch of salt
2 large eggs, beaten
150g self-raising flour

1. Preheat the oven to 180C. Butter and flour a normal round cake tin.

2. In a saucepan, melt butter over a low heat. When the butter is almost completely melted, add in the chocolate and stir until smooth.

3. Add the marmalade, sugar, salt and eggs. Stir with a wooden spoon until well combined.

4. Beat in the flour bit by bit.

5. Pour the mixture into the tin and bake for 50 minutes. Allow the cake to cool in the pan for 10 minutes after it is cooked.

I'd serve it with a sprinkling of icing sugar and some fresh cream on the side.
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1 comment:

  1. If only I had known about this run-in with the law when I was last introducing you ...