First things first, my apologies I am a week behind. But I have an excuse! I hope it’s a good one, but I was in Portugal for the better part of last week (post to come). My husband and I spent 5 days in the beautiful Algarve region of Portugal and it was amazing! I have skipped to week 6 today because I have also been without a fridge/freezer until last night and I didn’t want to attempt Paul’s mini pear pies without a freezer to freeze the lard and butter! That will come later this week. Okay deep breath and bake.
So for my European Cake bake I have chosen to make Chetna’s Orange Savarin with Cinnamon Cream. It’s really nice (especially the cream in the middle) and I thought not too hard to make. You can find the original recipe here.
For the Dough
- 350g plain flour
- 1 x 7g sachet fast-action yeast
- 250ml full-fat milk, gently warmed to room temperature
- 4 large free-range eggs
- 40g caster sugar
- 1 large orange, zest only
- 1tbsp salt
- 150g unsalted butter, melted plus extra for greasing
- vegetable oil (for greasing)
For the Syrup
- 6 tbsp freshly squeezed orange juice
- 4 tbsp orange liqueur (I used 3 tbsp brandy (left over from the tiramisu) mixed with 1 tbsp orange juice)
- 150g caster sugar
For the Filling
- 50g caster sugar
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 300ml double cream
For the Decoration
- 1/2 large orange
- 25g unsalted pistachios, chopped
- Grease a 25cm/10in savarin tin with butter and dust with flour.
- For the dough, sift the flour into a large mixing bowl, add the yeast and mix. Pour in the milk and roughly mix using a wooden spoon.
- In a separate bowl, beat the eggs and sugar until pale and fluffy. Then stir in the orange zest, vanilla extract, salt and melted butter. Mix until well combined then pour it into the flour mixture. Whisk until the batter reaches a smooth pouring consistency. Cover and leave to rise for 15-20 minutes.
- When the batter has proved, use a wooden spoon to knock it back and remove the air. Pour the batter into the prepared tin. Oil one side of a large piece of cling film and cover the tin oily-side down. Set aside in a warm room for about 1½ hours until the dough almost reaches the top of the tin.
- Preheat the oven to 200C
- Remove the cling film and bake the savarin for about 40 minutes. Allow to cool for a few minutes then turn out into a shallow baking tray.
- For the syrup, heat the orange juice, liqueur, 250ml/9fl oz water and the sugar in a pan. Simmer for five minutes, or until the sugar is dissolved. Slowly pour the syrup over the savarin,allowing it be absorbed as you pour. Place the savarin on a serving plate.
- For the filling, whip the cream with sugar and cinnamon until peaks form when the whisk is removed. Transfer to a piping bag with a star nozzle attached and pipe the cream in the middle of the savarin until it reaches the top of the cake.
- To decorate, slice the oranges very thinly and place them on the top of the cake (if using). Sprinkle the pistachios over and serve.
I hope you enjoy this as much as I did!
…and here is where I was last week instead of in the kitchen! slacking justified?