The last time I attempted to bake anything it was a complete disaster. One thing it taught me though, I wonâ€™t be entering The Great British Bake Off any time soon, maybe in about 10 years time. This also wasnâ€™t perfect because I forgot to dust the torte with the icing sugar, but at least it didnâ€™t collapse
This time I decided to make something a lot easier so that I can prove to myself I can bake. Also a confidence boost to try and attempt something a bit harder next time. If you are new to baking then you canâ€™t get a recipe much easier than this and apart from the boiling the orange itâ€™s very quick to put together.
1 medium orange
3 medium eggs, room temperature
225g/8oz golden caster sugar
250/9oz ground almonds
7.5g/Â½tsp baking powder
icing sugar to dust
Place the orange in a pan and fill with water until covered. Bring the water to a rolling boil and leave the orange to boil for about an hour.
Take a 21cm/8â€ cake tin and put in some screwed up grease proof paper. Screwing up the paper makes it easier to place into e cake tin
Pre-heat the oven to 180c/350f/gas 4
Remove from the orange from the pan and allow to cool. Once cooled down cut the orange in half and and remove any pips. Put the whole orange into a blender and whiz until you have a purÃ©e and put to once side
Take a bowl and put in the eggs and caster sugar and with a whisk together until thick and pale. Fold in the ground almonds, baking powder and the orange purÃ©e.
Pour the mixture into the cake tin and place in the oven and cook for 40-50 minutes. To ensure it is cooked place a skewer into the torte and if itâ€™s clean when removed then it is cooked.
Take it out of the oven and allow to cool for about 10 minutes. Take out of the cake tin and place on a wire rack and allow to completely cool down and then dust with icing sugar.
You can serve it with cream, crÃ¨me fraiche or – my favourite – vanilla ice cream.
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