This is an old recipe from my mum that has gain a special meaning for me since I used it on the first phase of a cooking contest I entered last year. It got me a second place on that round!
It’s a lovely recipe, really easy and inexpensive. The only tricky part is to roll the cake… but even if you fail to do it it will still taste great!
Orange Rolling Cake
- 350 g of sugar
- 1 tbsp of flour
- 1 orange zest
- 2 oranges juice
- 8 eggs
- 80 g of butter
- Pre-heat the oven at 180ºC.
- In a bowl mix the sugar with the flour, the orange zest and juice. Add the eggs and mix well.
- Melt the butter and add it to the previous dough. You will get a very liquid dough.
- Grease a 35 x 24 cm oven tray with butter and cover with baking paper. You may use a slightly different size tray as long as the dough fills the tray and is approximately 1 cm high.
- Grease the baking paper with butter. Pour the dough on the tray and cook for approximately 20 minutes.
- Place a clean cloth on top a plain surface and sprinkle it with sugar (granulated or icing sugar).
- Remove the cake from the oven and remove it from the tray onto the cloth, being careful in order not to break the cake.
- Using the cloth, roll the dough in order to get a cylindrical cake. You should grab the cloth on the smaller side of the rectangular dough and gently start rolling the dough on itself by simply pushing the cloth on the direction of the other end of the cake.
- In the end you will have the rolling cake inside the cloth and you should gently place it on a serving tray or plate.
Back to Bristol and not very happy about it… All my friends are leaving and the city seems deprived of known faces…
Planning to start my job search next week after some days of rest and some homely food!
This next dish is a pork roast that I really love. Being always quite stressed with time, I decided to cut some edges and cook the pork only for 30 minutes and, after, slice it to cook it faster (shame on me!!!)… but, to be honest, I found out I really prefer the pork cooked this way… Each slice gets a crust and the pork fat dissolves better so you loose a bit of that fatty taste pork sometimes has.
Roasted Pork with Orange and Carrots (serves 4)
- 1 Kg of pork shoulder joint
- 4 oranges
- 4 big carrots
- 4 tbsp of white wine
- 3 garlic cloves
- 4 stems of fresh thyme
- salt and pepper
- Pre-heat the oven at 180ºC.
- Wash the carrots well and peel them. Grate the carrots and spread them evenly on the bottom of an oven dish.
- Irrigate with the juice of three oranges and the white wine.
- Place the meat on top of the carrots and orange juice, with the fat facing up.
- Drizzle the meat with the juice of the remaining orange and season it with salt and pepper. I usually include some bits on the orange juice.
- Wash the garlic cloves and the thyme. Smash the garlic cloves slightly without removing the skin (see point 7 of the Colourful Beef Stew recipe for more details). Add the garlic and thyme to the carrots and orange mixture.
- Cook in the oven for approximately 30-40 minutes. Make sure that you irrigate the meat with some of the juices in the bottom of the tray at least twice during this time.
- After this period, remove the dish from the oven. Take the pork joint to a cutting board and slice it. The inner slices will still be raw in the centre. Place them on the same oven dish and irrigate with the sauce from the bottom of the dish.
- Place in the oven again and cook until the meat is properly cooked and the slices present a bit of a crust.
- Serve topped with the carrots and orange juice.