Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Manarin Orange Pound Cake

Equipment Needed:
  • 10-inch 3-quart bunt pan
  • Electric Mixer
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 24 tablespoons (3 sticks) unsalted butter; softened, plus 1 tablespoon for buttering the pan
  • 2 cups sugar, plus 2 tablespoons for sugaring the pan
  • 6 large egg yolks
  • 2 teaspoons pure orange extract
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh orange peel (about 1 orange)
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • One 11-ounce can mandarin oranges, drained and lightly pressed in a sieve to remove excess juice; juice reserved
  • 1 tablespoon orange liqueur
  • 3 tablespoons powdered sugar, for garnish

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C). Butter and sugar the pan.

2. In a bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt.

3. Put the butter and sugar in a bowl and cream together using the electric mixer on high speed. Scrape down the bowl. Add the egg yolks, 2 at a time, beating for 20 seconds after each addition. Add the orange and vanilla extracts and orange peel, and beat using the mixer at low speed. Beat in the flour mixture in thirds, alternating with the buttermilk, beating for 45 seconds after each addition. Scrape down the bowl with a rubber spatula.

4. Add the mandarin oranges and beat on low speed until fully incorporated. Pour the batter into the prepared pan.

5. Bake for 55 to 65 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove the cake to a wire rack and cool for 10 minutes, then turn it out on the rack to cool to room temperature.

6. In a small, heavy saucepan over medium heat, reduce the reserved mandarin orange juice until thick and syrupy, about 3 tablespoons in all. Stir in the orange liqueur. Brush the glaze over the still-warm cake and let dry. Before serving, dust the cake with the powdered sugar.