Binnur's Turkish Cookbook - Delicious, healthy and easy-to-make Ottoman & Turkish recipes

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Orange Cake

(Portakalli Kek)

Orange Cake
4 eggs
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 cup cake & pastry flour
Zest of all 4 oranges
1 tbsp Orange Blossom Liqueur

6-7 large oranges' juice (~2 cups)
9 tbsp sugar

Loaf Cake Mold

Whisk the eggs and sugar with an egg whisker until foamy. Add orange zest and flour, continue mixing. Pour into the oiled loaf cake mold.

Preheat the oven to 375 F. Check with a toothpick to see if it's done, bake until it comes out clean. It takes about 45 minutes. Place the cake on the wire rack to cool it down. Meanwhile boil the syrup ingredients for a few minutes.

Slice the cake and place on the oven tray. Pour using a spoon the hot syrup all over the slices. Make sure the cake absorbs the syrup, if necessary make more syrup.

When you serve Orange Cake, squeeze chocolate Syrup (Smacker's Sundae Syrup) or home made Chocolate Sauce on top and sprinkle some pistachios. Keep the Orange Cake slices covered in the fridge. It is more delicious when cold.

Chocolate Sauce

6 tbsp cocoa powder
1 pinch salt
1/3 cup boiled water
3 tbsp unsalted butter
3/4 cup sugar
2 tbsp icy water

Put the cocoa, salt and boiled water in a pan and mix until it's paste-like. Turn the heat onto medium. Add the butter and sugar, and stir constantly. When the butter melts, cook for 8 minutes on medium-low heat, stirring occasionally. Add 2 tablespoons of icy water and stir. Put aside, let cool.



At 4:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Merhaba, Binnur,

You have lovely table settings!!!
Really unique table coverings, place mats & plates!!!

Would you mind telling me where I might find the plates shown in this

As always many thanks in advance. Hocsa Kal & kendine iyi bak.


At 9:49 AM, Blogger Binnur said...

Merhaba Gulacti:)
Thank you for all the nice words:) I bought this one from Winners. The
same store in the States is known as TJ Maxx. I am not sure if they'll have a home section but here they have a very large selection. When I first saw it, it reminded me my granny's "misafir takimi".. you know, the nice ones used for guests only. Her set was with burgundy flowers, but the motif of the edge is almost the same, I fell in love with it
suddenly:) I hope you can find it over there.....
Simdilik hoscakal, hugs.

At 9:47 AM, Blogger sunanda said...

Merhaba, Binnur,

The recipe seems to be yummy,but can a slight alteration be made?I mean orange liqueur is not available in all Indian stores ,hence can I use orange squash in its place.

At 6:08 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Merhaba Sunanda,
Just leave the orange liqueur out of it, you don't have to use it:)
Take care,

At 8:18 PM, Blogger hasi said...

Hi Binnur,
This orange cake looks yummy! Do you mean cake flour or pastry flour? I don't know what cake and pastry flour is. Thank you. I just made your carrot cake and it was fantastic!

At 10:21 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Hasi,
It is sold under here the name of Cake&pastry Flour:)

At 11:31 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Binnur. Thanks for posting this.

I have a question, does " 4 orange zest" mean 4 table spoons or the zest of 4 oranges? I think it is 4 table spoons of orange zest but i just want to make sure.

thanks you :)

At 12:30 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

It is going to be 'zest of all 4 oranges', not 4 tbsp orange zest:)

At 5:17 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

this cake recipe doesn't call for any butter or oil. is it possible to bake a cake without butter? please clarify, i want to make it as it looks very yummy.

At 11:23 AM, Blogger Binnur said...

There is no butter or oil in it:)

At 10:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Merhaba Binnur,

I made this last night and it was fantastic. Thank you for your great website. Do you have an updated version of your cookbook coming out soon?

At 9:58 AM, Blogger Binnur said...

Thank you:) I would love to publish another book to include the rest
of the recipes, however, I am not sure when it is going to happen:)

At 4:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello my neighbour Binnur!I m Angie from Greece!!Your recipes are excellent!Turkish people and Greek have same cuisine!Iwill try to make this cake soon!!Your lemon cake is perfect too!!!Thank you for all recipes

At 4:22 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hello Angie!
Thank you for your kind comments. Actually we have similar cuisine as we have lived together for a long time...
Happy to have you as a neighbor :)


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