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Orange and almond torte

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Orange and Almond Torte
Orange and Almond Torte
  • Serves: 8

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  • Skill level: Bit of effort

  • Costs: Mid-price

It takes a while to make this dessert - but the rich, smooth, chocolatey result makes it well worth the effort

Ingredients

  • 1 medium orange
  • 175g (6oz) unsalted butter
  • 175g (6oz) caster sugar
  • 3 large eggs, beaten
  • 100g (4oz) self-raising flour
  • 75g (3oz) ground almonds

For the syrup:

  • 75g (3oz) caster sugar
  • 150ml (5fl oz) orange juice
  • Few strips pared orange rind
  • Icing sugar, to dust
  • Greek yogurt and chopped pistachio nuts, to serve

Choose an orange with a fairly thin rind and make sure you scrub it well before boiling to get rid of any surface wax.

Method

  1. Place the orange in a pan, cover with water, bring to the boil then simmer for 45 mins. Cool. Cut into chunks, remove pips then blend in a processor until finely minced. Grease and line a 20cm (8in) round spring-form tin.
  2. Beat the butter and sugar until creamy then gradually beat in the eggs, adding a little flour if it begins to curdle. Fold in the flour, almonds and minced orange. Spoon into the tin. Bake in a preheated oven at 190C (375F, gas mark 5) for 50-55 mins until firm, covering loosely with foil after 40 mins
  3. For the syrup, place the sugar and juice in a small pan and heat until sugar dissolves. Add the orange rind and boil, without stirring, for 5-7 mins until syrupy. Cool. Dust with icing sugar. Serve sliced with yogurt, chopped pistachios and syrup.

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