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Orange Loaf Cake

Delectable Candied Orange and Chocolate Chip Cake Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 40g cubes of candied orange slices
  • 166g egg, at room temperature
  • 106g butter
  • 80g sugar crystals
  • 30g chocolate chips
  • 95g cake flour
  • 3.5g baking soda
  • Juice from fresh oranges

Instructions:

  1. Prepare Batter: Using a hand mixer, cream together the sugar and butter in a clean bowl until smooth. Gradually add the eggs, one at a time, while continuing to beat.
  2. Incorporate Dry Ingredients: Sift the cake flour and baking soda into the butter-sugar mixture. Mix or beat until thoroughly combined.
  3. Add Flavorful Additions: Gently fold in the chocolate chips and cubes of candied orange slices until evenly distributed throughout the batter.
  4. Prep the Pan: Line a loaf pan with parchment paper or grease it with butter to prevent sticking. Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan, filling it to the brim.
  5. Bake: Preheat the oven to 165°C (329°F). Bake the cake for approximately 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  6. Finish with Freshness: Once out of the oven, brush the top of the cake with fresh orange juice for a burst of citrus flavor. Allow the cake to cool in the loaf pan for a few minutes before transferring it to a wire rack to cool completely.
  7. Serve and Enjoy: Slice the cooled cake and serve it as a delightful treat with a cup of tea or coffee.

Tips for Success:

  • Ensure all ingredients are at room temperature to promote even mixing and optimal texture.
  • For a lighter texture, sift the cake flour before adding it to the batter to prevent clumps.
  • Fold in the chocolate chips and candied orange slices gently to avoid deflating the batter and ensure even distribution.
  • Grease the loaf pan thoroughly or use parchment paper to prevent the cake from sticking to the pan.
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FAQs:

Q: Can I use other types of citrus fruits instead of oranges?
A: Yes, you can experiment with different citrus fruits such as lemon, lime, or grapefruit to customize the flavor of the cake.

Q: Can I substitute all-purpose flour for cake flour?
A: While cake flour yields a lighter texture, you can use all-purpose flour as a substitute. However, the texture may be slightly denser.

Q: Can I add nuts or dried fruits to the cake batter?
A: Absolutely! Feel free to add chopped nuts, dried fruits, or other mix-ins to enhance the flavor and texture of the cake according to your preference.

Embrace the delightful combination of tangy candied oranges, rich chocolate chips, and moist cake in this irresistible recipe. Perfect for indulgent snacking or as a sweet ending to any meal!