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Greek orange, fig and hazelnut cake

Posted by me on October 25, 2014 at 11:15 AM

12 slices

What you need

20g butter

1 level tablespoon finely chopped toasted hazelnuts

For the cake

150g caster sugar

150g baking margarine

1 level teaspoon of natural orange extract or the finely grated zest of 2 large oranges

3 medium eggs, beaten,

100g Greek yoghurt

180g self raising flour

2 tablespoons Cointreau, or other orange flavoured liquor

For the mascarpone cream

250g mascarpone

2 tablespoon Cointreau

50g Greek yogurt

3 – 4 level tablespoons icing sugar

1/2 level teaspoon natural orange essence or the finely grated zest of 1 orange

4 ripe fresh figs

1 teaspoon finely chopped hazelnuts roasted to garnish

1tablespoon runny honey to garnish

What you do

Preheat the oven to 180c or 160c for a fan assisted oven.

Using the butter, grease the inside of a non-stick ring mould (I use a silicone mould) then sprinkle with the chopped, toasted hazelnuts.

Place the caster sugar, orange extract and baking margarine into a large bowl and beat until the mixture is soft, light and fluffy then add in the eggs a little at a time beating well after each addition. Fold in half the flour followed by the yogurt and then the remaining flour.

Tip the mixture into the prepared ring mould and bake for approximately 40-45 minutes or until the cake is well risen, golden brown and a wooden skewer comes out cleanly when inserted into the middle of the cake.

Remove from the oven and immediately pour two tablespoons of Cointreau over the hot sponge then leave the cake to cool for half an hour in the mould before turning out onto a wire rack to finish cooling completely.

Meanwhile make the mascarpone cream by mixing the mascarpone, Greek yogurt, two tablespoons of Cointreau, 3-4 tablespoons of icing sugar and the orange essence together in a bowl.

Slice the fresh figs into 8 pieces each.

Place the cooled cake onto a serving plate and heap the mascarpone cream into the middle then top with the cut, fresh figs, a drizzle of honey and a sprinkle of finely chopped and toasted hazelnuts.


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