Saffron Orange Cake Recipe

I always found cooking and baking therapeutic. I use them as a form of meditation. I get great satisfaction from cooking for others whether it be a three course meal or bikini a cake and enjoying it with them over a coffee. .

Prep Time: 30 min
Cook Time: 1 hr

250 ml freshly squeezed orange juice
1 tbsp finely grated orange zest
1/4 tsp saffron threads
3 eggs
155 g icing sugar
250 g self-raising flour
250 g ground almonds
125 g unsalted butter
icing sugar, to dust

1. Preheat the oven to 180ÂșC.  Lightly grease a 22cm/9 inch round cake tin.

2. Combine the juice, zest and saffron threads in a saucepan and bring to the boil.  Leave to cool.

3. Beat the eggs and icing sugar with whisk or electric beaters until creamy.  Sift the flour and carefully fold into the egg and sugar mix adding the almondsorange saffron and butter until the mix is smooth.

4.  Spoon the mixture into the lightly greased tin and bake for 1 hour, or until a skewer comes out clean when inserted into the center of the baked cake.

5. Leave to cool for at least 15 minutes before turning onto a wire rack to cool.  Once cool, dust with icing sugar.

Serves 8