Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Orange Cake with Dried Cranberries



Citrus fruit (especially clementines and mandarines, but also oranges) and cranberries are pretty Christmassy, don't you think? Last night I combined these two in a simple loaf cake, and we enjoyed it for dinner last night as well as for breakfast this morning. Very simple to make - and very satisfying. I loved the slightly sour-bitter flavour that dried cranberries (also known as craisins) provided in this otherwise sweet cake.

Orange Loaf with Dried Cranberries

(Apelsinikeeks kuivatatud jõhvikatega)
Makes 1 loaf cake

200 g unsalted butter, at room temperature
180 g (200 ml) caster sugar
3 large eggs
1 medium-sized orange (both grated zest and the juice)
220 g (400 ml) plain/all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
100 g dried cranberries

Cream butter and egg (using a wooden spoon and muscle power, or the paddle attachment on your KitchenAid).
Add eggs, one at a time, beating thoroughly after each addition.
Add orange juice and zest.
Mix flour and baking powder, stir in the cranberries. Fold the flour into the batter.
Spoon the batter into a buttered or lined loaf tin (1,5 litre capacity works well).
Bake at the 175 C / 350 F for about 50-60 minutes, until the cake is cooked (test for doneness with a toothpick).
Cool in the tin, then turn out and place on a serving dish.

TIPS: the cake will cut into nicer slices, if you wrap it into a towel or kitchen foil and keep at room temperature until the next day.

4 comments:

Happy cook said...

I can imagine the flavours with orande in this cake.
It looks beautiful and delciious.

Gegegerda said...

Juhiksin Sind pisikesele veale. Eesti keeles on nimeks juhtunud Sul "Apelsini ja apteegitilli salat", kuigi link ise viib õigesse kohta, ehk siis keeksi juurde.

Thredahlia said...

Keeks tundub jube ahvatelv!
Aga eestikeelse retsepti nimega on midagi valesti pisut... :)

Jeanne said...

I love anything citrus flavoured and I love dried cranberries - definitely bookmarking this...