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Monday, 26 May 2008

Oranges and Lemons for SHF

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When I saw the theme of this month's Sugar High Friday was citrus, I was up for the challenge. But time skipped by, and things didn't go quite as I had planned.

Now, I could tell you that I had planned on turning the orange sponge into orange and lemon petits fours.

I could tell you about my daft decision to try and roll this cake (and filling) to make an orange/lemon roll.

I could tell you that my teenage son had the 'great idea' to cover his slice of cake in vanilla sugar and then set fire to it while trying to caramelize it with my blowtorch.

Instead, I'm just going to say that I ended up with an orange cake, brushed with a Cointreau syrup, which was then filled with Dorie Greenspan's extraordinary lemon cream, whipped double cream and topped off with an orange/blueberry sauce. All of which tasted really good, even if I did torture myself over it.

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I'm sending this over to Helen of Tartlette, who is the host of this month's Sugar High Friday.

Blueberry Sauce with Cointreau

1 cup fresh blueberries, rinsed
1 fresh orange, zest and juice
1 tablespoon light brown sugar
1 teaspoon cornflour, mixed with 1 tablespoon water
1 tablespoon Cointreau

Grate or zest the rind of the orange and put into a small saucepan, along with the juice of the orange and the brown sugar.

Bring to a boil and add the blueberries. Turn the heat to low and cook for a few minutes until the berries are beginning to soften. Add the cornflour/water mixture, also the Cointreau, and stir until the mixture begins to thicken. Pour into a small dish and leave to cool.

(Printable Recipe)

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31 comments:

Aran said...

looks delightful!

LyB said...

Nic, that is a gorgeous entry! Blueberries and orange are great together and that lemon cream speaks for itself! :)

Kevin said...

That orange cake with blueberry sauce looks really good!

Sue said...

I don't care what you say about your blow torch...that cake looks yummy....

Raquel said...

Beautiful cake, once the smoke alarm stopped!!! LOL That looks very nice, Nic!

Sylvie said...

Beautiful, Nic!

Grace said...

personally, i'm selfishly glad your other plans were foiled. your final product looks delicious, and i love, love, love oranges and blueberries together. masterful!

giz said...

The whole blowtorch thing could have made for an interesting result but I kinda like the end result you have now :)

nicisme said...

Thank you Aran!

LyB - thanks and yes, that is a great combo!

Kevin - thank you!

Sue - ha ha, well this bit didn't get the torch on it!

Raqueland Sylvie - thanks!

Grace - I'm glad too! Thank you!

giz - I wish I had taken a photo of the flaming cake!

Jan said...

Great looking cake! I love the idea of the blueberry sauce!

Cynthia said...

Oh my... I have to comment quickly and move on lest I be tempted to go into the kitchen and bake...

Patricia Scarpin said...

That is the kind of dessert I'd like to go home to, Nic.
And thank you for the comment you left and for the hugs - you are a truly special person!

Nina's Kitchen (Nina Timm) said...

That cake looks so fluffy and yummee that I am tempted to bake it tomorrow!

My friends call me Tulip said...

Blueberry & Orange...Mmmmm...great looking cake Nic, I'd have loved to have seen your son's masterpiece after the blowtorch...lol

steph- whisk/spoon said...

whatever troubles you may have had, you wound up with something great-looking in the end!

myfrenchkitchen said...

Lemon and orange and cointreau...beautiful!
Ronell

Rosie said...

This is stunning Nic!!

Rosie x

Alfie said...

Well, however you got to it, this is a beautiful looking cake, and the lemon cream and blueberry sauce sound gorgeous!

aforkfulofspaghetti said...

It certainly looks the part. The thought of all that lovely citrus tangy-ness is making my mouth water!

Helen said...

Somtimes the best laid plans gone wrong lead to even better creations! I love the cake...rich but light looking...my kind of torture!

maninas said...

Thanks for the blog-birthday wishes, love! :D

Margaret said...

It doesn't really matter what you did or didn't do with the cake - it looks amazing.

Ann said...

This looks divine - fluffy, light, moist...mmmm...might have to go on my short list! :)

Passionate baker...& beyond said...

Knock knock...lemme in! This is sublime Nic. Love the idea of fresh fruit in dessert...always ROCKS!!

Helen said...

mmmmm, cointreau - mmmmmm, blueberries. Drool.......

My Sweet & Saucy said...

Looks so yummy and moist...just calling out to be eaten!

diva said...

i love the sound of that sauce!! great addition on cointreau. love it. and the cake. oh man. bad cravings.

Susan from Food Blogga said...

Ah, such lovely, fresh flavors, Nicisme. I just saw fresh blueberries at the farmer's market last week too!

Jeanne said...

Wow - that sounds and looks astonishingly good! Like the idea of using blueberries with it too.

nicisme said...

Thank you everyone for the lovely comments!

gordo said...

I would definitely enjoy this little delight.