Charlie woke me up with morning tea and a slice of cake on President's Day.
The cake was a surprise. It is my favorite cake. He made it with the Satsumas from the grocery and our own meyer lemon, harvested from one of our guest bedrooms. The cake had a scent that was seductive beyond words and a flavor that was on point.
It reminded me of President Obama and his leadership of our nation. Always correct, endlessly sweet and positive, and never tedious.
The recipe shared below comes from our friend and an amazing mensch of a man, Eddie Hoos. Ed discovered this whilst traveling through his beloved Brazil. It is called Bolo de Laranja in Brazil. The cake is easier than easy, and is more delicious than words can describe. To Eddie we are grateful for having shared the recipe on his blog. Link to it is here.
1 whole unpeeled navel orange, preferably organic, washed and quartered and each quarter cut in two. (2 satsuma and 1/2 a meyer lemon were used by us - around 6 ounces of citrus is what you are looking at)
1 2/3 cups sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
2 cups all-purpose unbleached flour
1 tbsp baking powder
Preheat the oven to 450°F (230°C)
Butter and flour a tube or bundt pan and set aside. I used the Heritage Burnet Pan from Nordic Ware.
In the bowl of a food processor fitted with the metal blade, process the sugar and orange pieces until thoroughly chopped. (Do not chop too fine. You want bits of orange in the finished cake.)
Add the egg and oil and process again until blended.
Add the flour and baking powder, processing again for the final time until well blended.
Scrape into the prepared pan. Place pan in the oven and reduce the temperature to 400°F (200°C) for 30 to 40 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean.
Cool on a rack and remove from pan.
Dust with powdered sugar as desired.