BOLA DE LARANJA
With so many oranges just falling into the road below our house and getting squished by cars, I thought I would try making a Portuguese traditional orange cake.
There are so many variations of this cake and some use olive oil but I prefer to use butter so I adapted the recipe a little. I still used the freshly pressed orange juice and zest from our orange tree. Bola de Laranja in Portugal is usually made in a round tin with the hole in the middle but i don’t own one so I used a loaf tin which worked just fine. It is also served with an orange syrup but I like it plain.
- 3 large eggs
- 160g caster sugar
- 180g self-raising flour
- 150g butter
- 3 small oranges – juice and zest
- Sprinkle of cinnamon (optional)
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence (optional)
- Dust with icing sugar (optional)
Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C) and grease a loaf tin.
In a large bowl, beat the eggs and sugar until pale and fluffy. I used an electric mixer.
Sift in the flour, stirring well.
Melt the butter in a saucepan and pour it into the batter.
Juice and zest the fresh oranges and and add to bowl.
Pour the batter into a pre greased loaf tin and bake for 45-60 minutes.
Allow the cake to cool completely before serving.