Monday, 17 September 2007

Plain cake (Κέικ με πορτοκάλι)

Here is the simplest cake I make, which keeps a week long and goes regularly into my kids' lunchboxes. It comes straight from the back of a packet of flour produced by the GIOTIS flour mills.

In a big bowl, mix together 4 eggs, 1 1/2 cups sugar, 1 cup 
(250g) margarine (I use olive oil these days), 1 teaspoon vanilla essence, the grated zest of an orange, and 1/2 cup of freshly squeezed orange juice (not the bottled variety - it ruins the taste). Mix the ingredients well (I use a hand-held electric mixer). Add 1 1/2 to 2 cups of self-raising flour, and mix it in to get a batter that is thicker than pouring consistency. Pour 2/3 of the mixture into a greased cake tin. Mix 3 tablespoons of cocoa powder into the remining mixture, and pour that on top of the other cake mixture. Bake in a medium-hot oven for 40 minutes, or until a knife inserted into the cake comes out clean. Let it cool before slicing, otherwise the cake's form will be spoiled.

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