The Orange Cake I saw the other day on Holy Cow ! was soo droolworthy , I had to try it at the earliest , and fortunately I had all the ingredients on hand too...or so I thought..
Ive never had an orange-y cake before...and though I love Oranges Ive never ventured out much in trying orange-y flavors..icecreams etc...maybe I will...soon..
Neway, so equipped by the cointreau called for by Vaishali's recipe and the basic egg-less cake recipe that I have which works to a T every time and garners praises every time (im not kidding) I baked this simple cake which turned out quite great with a distinct orange flavor :
2 cup white flour
1 cup sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp soda
2-3 tbsp Cointreau liqueur
1 cup orange juice
1tbsp vinegar(which I didnt have nd I made w/o, but think will add next time to balance the orange flavor)
Mix the dry ingredients, then add the liquid and mix the batter thoroughly. Grease a cake pan and add the cake batter. Bake for 40 mins in a pre-heated oven at 350F or till knife comes out clear.
I also tried this basic whole wheat bread recipe and 1st time I killed my yeast ! and learnt an important lesson about proofing - checking if your yeast is active or not - do not overheat the water ! You want the water to be 100F ..just a bit warmer than your body temperature (which is 96F ) ..
Take 2-3 tbsp of water and add some sugar and the yeast...it should bubble up within 10 mins if it is alive..
So I re-added the yeast and the flour rose the 1st and the 2nd time too..but it subsided again on baking...It was good too taste but a bit flaky ( I have no idea why ) and dense (cause of whole wheat flour, but I did use the whole wheat pastry flour) .. maybe I will try again...maybe I wont...