Almond and Orange Torte


- 450g oranges (whole, peel included)

- 6 large eggs at room temperature
- 1tsp vanilla extract

- 250g ground almonds

- 150g granulated white sugar

- 1tsp baking powder

- 1/4tsp salt

(1) Place oranges in a saucepan and cover with cold water. Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat and simmer the oranges for about two hours or until very soft. Then remove the oranges from the water, place in a strainer, and let the oranges cool completely (If cooked oranges have been refrigerated, bring them back to room temperature before making the torte.).

(2) Preheat oven to 190C. Grease and line the bottom of a 23cm springform pan with parchment paper.

(3) Cut cooked oranges into large chunks, remove any seeds, and place them (whole, with skin on) in a food processor. Add eggs and vanilla extract and process until smooth. Then, in a large bowl, whisk together the almond flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Add the orange mixture to the almond mixture and stir to combine.

(4) Pour the batter into prepared pan and bake for about 50 minutes (45-60 minutes), or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. At 30 minutes of baking time, cover the cake with a piece of aluminium foil to prevent over browning.

(5) Remove the cake from oven and place on a wire rack to cool completely before removing the sides of the springform pan. This cake is best after it has been allowed to sit overnight in the fridge. Serve either cold or warm as it is or with strawberries and cream.

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