Can ooey — gooey describe a fruit cake? If not, then let’s change the name of this orange infused, moist and amazing, nut and fruit, delicious dessert. The curious use of a whole orange creates a remarkable flavor fest! I believe you will love this treat made from wholesome ingredients. The original recipe was from the site, Elana’s Pantry. This recipe has been adapted just a wee bit by adding a glaze and changing the flour. The fruit and nut combinations can certainly be varied to suit your palate. May you enjoy it as much as I have! It will certainly be a holiday feature on my table for years to come. Husband approved with big smiling mouthfuls!
2 large organic oranges
3/4 cup raw honey
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
2 cups almond meal (I use Trader Joe’s)
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup dried cranberries
1/2 chopped dates
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup walnuts
1 cup organic powdered sugar
Boil one of the whole oranges for an hour. Yes, that’s right… boil a whole orange! Place the boiled orange in a food processor and pulse it until completely shredded. Add to the orange: the eggs, honey, almond extract, sea salt, baking soda, and flour meal. Mix well all together in the processor.
Next pour batter into a large mixing bowl and fold in the nuts and fruits. Some other good ingredient ideas would be chopped dried pineapples, apricots, or raisins. Try pistachios or macadamias or even sliced almonds. Pour into a greased 9-inch spring form pan. Bake for 45 – 50 minutes. Let cool before adding orange glaze.
For the orange glaze, shave the zest from the second orange. Squeeze the juice from this second orange as well. In a small bowl, whisk zest and juice and cup of powdered sugar together… adding more sugar to thicken as necessary. Drizzle over cooled cake. Enjoy! As with most fruit cakes, the flavor just gets better with time.
Also worth mentioning if you like spice cakes… The orange tones are scrumptious, but adding some cinnamon, cloves, and ginger would certainly complement the flavors. Be sure to leave comments on your adjustments and results as you play around with the recipe.
So much taste in every savored bite! You will never miss the gluten or the dairy here! (And be sure — I LOVE dairy, but mention the fact that this cake is dairy and gluten free for some who may need to avoid it. Personally, I am thinking the best thing to do with a slice might be a healthy smear of organic, cultured butter! Will definitely try this next time!)