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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

"Orange Blossoms" Honey Cake With Blueberries

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Day7 of BM8: I am probably the last one to be posting this.I should have posted this like a couple of days ago. But power outage, wedding anniversary and my Picasa database crash kind of delayed things. Late but never too late. :-). But I saved the best for the last and it is well worth the wait!

This cake is really one of the best tasting cakes I have ever baked. What makes this cake special is the "Orange Blossoms" honey. That divine honey and the succulent blueberries are a truly irresistible combo and I have to thank Zoe Francois of Zoe Bakes for sharing this wonderful recipe at her space. Once I came across this cake recipe, I have been on the hunt for this honey. When I got hold if it, I couldn't wait to give the winning recipe a try! And I didn't have to change a thing about the recipe except for the spice mix-I used all-spice instead of mace powder.This cake is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser! No ifs or buts about it!

So this is the round-up of what I posted for this edition of BM:
The stars of this cake:
Ingredients(For 8-10 Servings):
  • 3 Cups Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 Sticks Unsalted Butter, at room temperature
  • 1 Cup Orange Blossoms Honey, I used Dutch Gold brand
  • 2 Cups Fresh or Frozen Blueberries
  • 1/4 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 4 Large Eggs, at room temperature
  • 2 Tbsp Baking Powder
  • 2 Tbsp Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice
  • 1 Tbsp All-purpose Flour, to prep the bundt pan and to dust the blueberries
  • 1-1/2 Tbsp Lemon Zest
  • 1/2 tsp All-Spice or Ground Mace or Ground Nutmeg, I used All-spice
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
For the Glaze:
Tool:
  • 10" Bundt Pan
Procedure:
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Add Honey, Butter and Sugar to a bowl/stand-mixer bowl.
  • Cream them together at medium speed till they are pale yellow in color.
  • Add the eggs one by one to the honey-butter mixture and slowly incorporate.
  • Add the lemon zest and the lemon juice. Stir to combine.
  • Sift the flour, baking powder and all-spice in a large wide bowl.Stir in the salt
  • Add the flour mixture in batches and mix only till its combined. Don't over work the mixture.
  • Dust the blueberries with a little flour and fold it into the batter with a silicone spatula.
  • Grease the pan with little butter. Dust it with little flour. Pour the batter into the prepared pan.Level it with the spatula.
  • Bake for about 55 minutes or until the toothpick inserted into center comes clean.
  • Let the cake rest for 5-10 minutes. Flip it into a dish and prick it with a toothpick at several places on the top.
  • Smear the glaze slowly and continue to do so until all of the glaze it absorbed.
  • Let it sit and soak all the wonderful glaze for atleast 4-5 hours. If you refrigerate overnight bring it back to room temperature before serving the cake. The cake tastes best at room temperature.
  • Serve it with a warm cup of tea or coffee.
Enjoy!

PS: I wish all my Hindu readers a very Happy Vinayagar Chathurthi. Some dishes made on the auspicious day: Steamed Sweet Dumplings and Sundal.

Steamed Sweet Dumplings -- Kozhukattai/Modak
Sundal: Chickpea Sundal With Raw Mango Chunks and Grated Carrot Sundal: Chickpea Sundal With Lemon Juice, Lemon Zest and a hint of Mint
For this week's "Black and White Wednesday" at Susan's:
 Enjoy!
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21 comments:

  1. yummy..This looks so delicious...I should try this soon...Thanks for your recipe...

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  2. beautiful! Never came across the 'orange blossoms' honey ..shall look out the next time!

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  3. Wow... beautiful cake... loved the glaze part very much :)
    Krithi's Kitchen

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  4. wow, that bread looks awesome, great color and those blueberries peeking out, amazing !!!

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  5. Cake looks super gorgeous,spongy and incredible soft..

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  6. the cake looks scrumptious!!.. orange blossoms honey sounds good to get the orangy flavor in!...yum!

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  7. wonder if will get that honey...n wud have to try n make it eggless..but this sure is v tempting!!

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  8. I so wish to have a big slice of that delicious fruity cake. Yum!

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  9. Gorgeous cake and yummy prasadam. ?Lovely clicks, as usual.

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  10. Blueberry cake looks divine. So perfect and yumm..

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  11. Very flavorful and yummy looking cake.. Enjoy your long weekend CL.

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  12. A perfect production :) Cake looks moist and fab -I am a sucker for blueberries!

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  13. A beautiful cake and lovely recipes! Now, I'm hungry.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  14. I believe you when you say "crowd pleaser." Now I want some *and* some of that puffed-up bread slathered in ghee - a great sepia shot for BWW. Thanks, Cool Lassie. (I'm catching up w/ last week's commenting.)

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  15. Nice recipe and clicks CL:)....i so love that sundal too :)

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Thanks a bunch for your valuable comments and continued support.They are very much appreciated. Yes,like "Rain on Dry Land" and like "Oasis in Desert Sand".
XoXo, Cool Lassi(e)