Beauty lies in the Eyes of the Beholder -- A very famous saying by John Keats. I truly believe it, having said that I have to admit that I feel winter to be a beautiful season....WHY ??? not very sure, may be its cause of my birthplace. Being brought up in beautiful state of Meghalaya, my love for Winter season is kind of very natural. The long winter vacations might have something to do with it as well :D . Along with winter comes the beautiful fruit -- Orange.
Mangoes mark the start of Summer and Oranges mark the onset of Winter. Shillong has abandace of Oranges, every house has at least 2 orange trees. And in the chill weather, having oranges after lunch is a different feeling all together. I still remember those days, we had a tree just near the bedroom window ; before lunch Mamoni would call us (Me and Anna) out and she would pluck the oranges and me and my sister would run to the yard with a basket, we were responsible to catch the oranges before it hit the ground...soon we would have a basket full of oranges--- plump, sweet and juicy.
The orange is one of the most common and popular fruit. Delicious and juicy orange fruit contains an impressive list of essential nutrients, vitamins, minerals for normal growth and development and overall well-being. It goes perfectly in any sweet or savory dishes and its also perfect on its own. :) .My love for the Oranges has nothing to do with the healthy benefits, anyways let me share some of the health benefits of oranges I have read ;
On the 26th Jan, we celebrated the 63rd Republic day. Watching the flag hosting and parade on the television, just fills me with a great zeal and pride to me an Indian. Last year on this day I enjoyed the day with Colorful Mash, and I won the first award for my cooking.....it was great. This year I wanted something sweet. It so happened that last weekend I bought loads of oranges, and was planning to turn that in a cake. 26th Jan'2012 seemed to be a great day to make the cake.....finally my Orange cake with Orange Icing was created.
|FOR ORANGE CAKE|
|Orange, finely grated zest only||1 medium sized|
|Flour||1 & 1/2 cup|
|Baking Powder||1 tablespoon|
|Nutmeg (grated)||1 teaspoons|
|Salt||Just a pinch|
|Ground-Nut Oil||1/2 cup|
|FOR ORANGE ICING|
|Orange juice, freshly squeezed||1 medium sized|
|Icing sugar||1/2 cup|
- Preheat the oven to 180C. Butter and flour the sides of the cake tin and set it aside.
- Grind the sugar till it becomes fine and powdery.
- Whisk together eggs and powdered sugar till the sugar is dissolved.
- Add the orange zest to the egg mixture and whisk again till the mixture becomes light and fluffy.
- Melt the butter in a saucepan , add the oil to the melting butter in the saucepan.
- Add the oil + butter mixture to the egg mixture and stir well.
- Sift in the flour and baking powder in a separate bowl.
- To the flour mixture, add the grated nutmeg and salt ; mix well.
- Add the dry mixture to the wet mixture and fold it all together gently.
- Pour the cake mixture into the prepared tin and bake in the oven for 40-45 minutes at 150C or till a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean.
- When the cake is done,place the tin out of the oven and allow to stand for about ten minutes before removing the cake carefully from the tin. Allow the cake to cool completely.
- Sift the icing sugar into a bowl and stir in just enough orange juice until it is soft; see that the icing is not runny.
- Place the cake on a serving plate and spread the orange icing over the top in a zigzag pattern.
- Let it stand for 15 minutes and serve.