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Orange Pistachio Cake with Orange Blossom Syrup

by Nouha Elmasri (follow)
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Orange Pistachio Cake

It's positively freezing in Australia at the moment, so the bright sunburst hues of citrus fruits, like those featured in this cake, are perfect for chasing away the winter blues.

The warm, aromatic flavours of the Middle East and the vibrant tang of citrus, which is abundant this time of year, mix and mingle in this deliriously simple and addictively delicious cake.

Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 70 minutes
Makes: 8 servings

Ingredients
Cake
1 large orange, scrubbed
1 cup self-raising flour
1/2 cup pistachio meal
1 cup caster sugar
200g unsalted butter, softened and cubed
3 large eggs
3 Tbls poppy seeds

Syrup
150g caster sugar
1 orange
1 lemon
1 tsp orange blossom syrup
water

Method



Orange Pistachio Cake

Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Grease and line the base and sides of a 20cm round cake tin.
Place whole orange in a food processor and process until pureed.



Orange Pistachio Cake

Add the flour, pistachio meal, sugar, butter, eggs and poppy seeds to the orange and process until just combined.



Orange Pistachio Cake

Spoon batter into lined tin and smooth surface. Bake in preheated oven for 55-65 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Remove cake from oven and allow to cool slightly in tin.
In the meantime, to make the syrup, zest the lemon and orange and set zest aside.



Orange Pistachio Cake

Into a measuring jug, juice the orange and lemon. Add water if needed until liquid totals 150mls.
In a small saucepan place sugar and sieved juice mixture. Place pan on stove over a medium-high heat and allow to boil for 5 minutes.
Add the zest and orange blossom and allow to boil for another 2-3 minutes.



Orange Pistachio Cake

While the syrup is boiling transfer cake onto a serving plate and, using a skewer, skewer holes into the top of the cake.



Orange Pistachio Cake

Once the syrup has reduced, pour slowly over the cake, allowing the cake to soak up the syrup. Arrange the candied zest over the cake and sprinkle with a few extra pistachios if you'd like.

Categories
#Orange
#Pistachio
#Orange Blossom
#Citrus
#Poppy Seed
#Middle Eastern
#Cake
#Easy
#Dessert
#Winter
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