spring

ottawa has been warming up.

now, i should put an enormous asterisk next to this, because it has been warmer, yes, but it’s also been rainy and it’s supposed to snow tonight. but this past week we had two days of sun and some warmth, so i can’t really complain.

and, for me, spring leads to summer and summer means citrus fruits : )

i am one of those people that absolutely despises winter. i refuse to acknowledge it. and yes, i know, canada is not really conducive to this kind of behaviour. but during winter, underneath my sweaters and my coats and my boots, i still dress like it’s summer. bright clothes and short sleeved tee-shirts.

i often also eat like it’s summer. “fresh” fruits and veggies imported from the south. bright salads. ice cream. and yes, also citrus

the other day, i made an orange-raspberry cake

the orange cake is one my mum made semi-regularly when we lived in uruguay. it helped me deal with my nostalgia while the raspberries gave it a bit of divergence from my mum’s

orange raspberry cake

[ingredients]
3/4 cup butter
1 1/2 cups + 2 tablespoons sugar
5 egg yolks
2 1/3 cups sifted flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons orange juice
1 teaspoon orange zest
5 egg whites (whipped)
1/2 cup fresh raspberries
orange syrup

[directions]
cream sugar and butter. mix in egg yolks. add, alternating between dry and wet ingredients, the flour, baking powder and the salt and the orange juice and zest. fold in egg whites. stir in raspberries. pour into well-buttered loaf pan

bake at 350 F for 40 minutes

{syrup}
[ingredients]
2 cups orange juice
1 cup sugar
1 cup water

[directions]
in a small saucepan, mix orange juice, sugar and water. bring to a boil. let simmer for 5 minutes, stirring constantly

once the cake comes out of the oven. pour the syrup over it without taking it out of the pan. let cool completely. remove from pan

from El Libro del Crandon

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One Comment (+add yours?)

  1. summersher
    Mar 22, 2011 @ 14:47:39

    I do the same thing! Tank tops everyday, no matter how many sweaters I have to wear over them- fruit and veggies every week, because my mouth gets board with out them, and defintiely ice cream, all year round! :D
    That cake sounds sooooo good- I love the combo of orange and raspberry! I bet it’s super moist with that syrup!

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