Each season has its own traditions. In the summer you go to the beach, in the autumn you go back to school and make good proposals, in the spring you feel reborn and what about in winter?
Many people do not like winter days because they are cold, but in Tuscanywe are very lucky and there are very few days wearing gloves and hats, the climate is mild even in winter in our Tuscan hills, but this does not take away the possibility to warm up with a good slice of cake!
In these months the best way to pass the time and enjoy your own home, a cup of tea, a good book and a nice piece of homemade cake! We share with you a recipe that improves even the dullest days and makes winter even the most chilly: the orange cake!
This cake is quick and easy to make, great for a snack or for breakfast (to be honest it is very good after dinner too).
It remains very soft because the orange juice is used and very fragrant due to the grated rind. If you are already looking forward to your moment of daily relax, read on for the recipe!
1) first of all let’s prepare the orange. The orange should be washed well, the rind grated and the juice squeezed.
2) divide the eggs between yolk and egg white. The egg whites are whipped until stiff together with the grated zest, which can be done with the aid of the planetary mixer or with a hand whisk.
3) add the egg yolks, continuing to mix with a whisk or planetary mixer. Be careful not to disassemble the dough. You will notice that the dough triples in volume and becomes clear and fluffy.
4) Sift the flour and the vanilla yeast and add it to the mixture together with the melted butter or sunflower oil if you follow a dairy-free diet.
5) add the orange juice (filtered from the seeds) and amalgamating together with the vanilla yeast and a pinch of salt.
Preheat the static oven to 150 degrees. Grease and flour a pan to put the mixture, if necessary you can level with a ladle.
Bake for an hour.
Each oven has its own specifications, it is always a good idea to test the toothpick during baking: insert a wooden toothpick in the cake and if it comes out dry it means that the cake is baked.
This orange cake, if stored under a cotton cloth, can be stored for up to four days while maintaining both flavor and aroma and therefore there are so many right moments! From breakfast with milk to peckish after dinner, every moment is valid to taste this soft cake.
If you want to enjoy a real moment of relax, in the temperate climate of beautiful Tuscany, and taste delicious cakes, we are waiting for you at Villa Campestri in the heart of Tuscany with our delicious breakfasts and snacks!
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