Orange Cake with Marsala Mascarpone (torta di arancia con mascarpone al marsala)
At Valvona & Crolla we are always asked for cakes that are gluten-free or dairy-free. This recipe, adapted from Claudia Roden and Nigella Lawson, is perfect. We make it with Tarocco oranges and serve it with Marsala-flavoured mascarpone to intensify the Sicilian sensation.
|Oil, for greasing|
|6||Tarocco (blood) oranges or Seville oranges|
|1 heaped tsp||baking powder|
|For the mascarpone cream:|
|1 tbsp||caster sugar|
|Grated rind of 1 orange|
You will need a 21-cm spring-form cake tin and a food processor.
Pre-heat the oven to 190°C/375°F/Gas mark 5. Oil a 21-cm spring-form cake tin and line it with baking parchment or greaseproof paper.
Place 4 of the oranges (about 400g) in a large saucepan, cover with cold water and bring to the boil. Simmer for 1 hour or so, until they are softened. Drain and set aside to cool.
Cut the cooled oranges in half horizontally and discard the pips. Place the fruit in a food processor and whiz to a pulp.
Beat the eggs and sugar until light and fluffy. Fold in the almonds, polenta and baking powder. Gently mix in the orange pulp.
Cut the uncooked oranges into very thin slices. Use to line the bottom of the prepared tin.
Pour in the egg mixture and bake for about 1 hour. Cover with greaseproof paper if it browns before it is cooked through.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the tin before turning it out.
Gently whisk the mascarpone and cream together. Add the sugar, Marsala and orange rind and whisk again. Serve with the cooled cake.