Vanilla Bean & Orange Blossom Cake
Hosting Sweet New Zealand this month I am the one who is meant to be organised and have my entry up early. As more entries come in this week I realise I only have one day left to post my own entry so I thought I better get to it and do some baking at the weekend. With a big pot of yoghurt that needed to be used in the fridge and a stash of vanilla beans recently brought back from our trip to Rarotonga I wanted to use these two ingredients. I found this really easy recipe for a yoghurt cake at BBC Good Food with an orange blossom syrup that is poured over the cake while it is warm. The syrup and the ground almonds make for a really moist cake which kept fresh for several days, likely to keep longer it you don’t have piggies in your house like us. As you can see I even liked their food styling!
So this is my entry for Sweet New Zealand, if you haven’t yet submitted I’ll take your entries up till Thursday 29th and will offer a full round up of all the fabulous entries I have received Friday 30th September, so make sure you pop by to see our Kiwi gallery of goodies. Those who are keen to host the event next month, please contact <ahref="Alessandra
200g SR Flour
100g ground almonds
150g castor sugar
250ml plain yoghurt
1tsp baking soda
150ml canola oil
3 small free range eggs
2 vanilla beans, seeds removed
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
1 tbsp orange blossom water
Preheat oven to 180C and grease and flour a 22-24cm cake tin.
Place all the dry ingredients into a large bowl.
In another bowl whisk all the wet ingredients & vanilla bean seeds together.
Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix together.
Spoon ingredients into the cake tin and bake for 35 minutes or until an inserted knife come out clean.
While the cake is baking make the syrup.
Place the sugar, water and vanilla pods into a small pan over a medium heat.
Simmer until the sugar has dissolved then tun the heat up so the liquid is on a gentle boil.
Once the liquid has reduced by a 1/3 turn the heat off and allow it to cool for a minute before adding the orange blossom water.
Remove the cake from the oven once cooked and let it sit for 5 minutes then pour the syrup over the cake.
I sprinkled a few pistachios over the top for visual look but this is optional as the cake is yum on its own.