Sunday, 29 April 2012

Pine Nut Cake with Orange Syrup

Peel and slice oranges

I intended to take part in the Random Recipe No. 15 at Belleau Kitchen and then before you knew it April was nearly over.  

Mistakenly I thought I had to the end of the month until I just logged on and Dom has already posted the line-up! 

Its like turning up to a party with my birthday cake a day late! Anyway seeing as I  did the whole random picking and baking thing I thought I would share anyway.  Sorry about that Dom, but I am sure you would have loved it.

This was my random pick from a Donna Hay magazine August 2009, very random!

Pastry base
1 1/2 cups (225g) plain flour sifted
1 teaspoon baking powder
100g cold butter chopped
1/4 cup (55g) caster sugar
1 tablespoon finely grated lemon rind
1/4 cup  (60ml) cold water

Pine Nut Filling
1 1/2 cups (120g) pine nuts + extra for decoration
3/4 cup (165g) caster sugar
150g softened butter
2 eggs
1 tablespoon plain flour
icing sugar for dusting

Orange Syrup
4 oranges
1/2 cup (110g) caster sugar
2 cups (500ml) water

Peel and slice oranges, reserving the peel from one orange.
Arrange in slices in a non-metalic dish.
Place sugar in a saucepan with reserved peel and water.
Heat and stir until sugar is disolved, bring to the boil and cook for 10 minutes. 
Discard peel and pour the hot syrup over the oranges and allow to cool completely.

Oranges with Syrup

I started with the pastry base - 
Place flour, baking powder, butter, sugar and lemon rind in a bowl and rub together until you have a mixture that resembles breadcrumbs.  
Add water and mix until dough comes together into a ball. 
Turn onto a floured surface and knead for 1-2 minutes or until smooth.
Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for 20 minutes. 

To make the filling
Place nuts and sugar into a processor/blender and wiz until it resembles fine breadcrumbs. 
Add butter and eggs and process until smooth. Set aside

Pastry Base
Preheat oven to 180C.
Roll out pastry on a floured surface to 5mm thick. 
Grease a 24cm springform tin and line with the pastry, allowing it to hang over the sides.
Spoon in the nut mixture, fold over the pastry, trim and sprinkle with pine nuts.
Bake for 25 mins, cover loosely with tin foil and bake for a further 35 minutes (less if fan forced) or until golden.
Remove from tin and dust with icing sugar before serving.  Serves 10 -12.

 I am sure you would have loved this to celebrate your 2nd Birthday Dom so I am sending it to you anyway!


  1. oh no!... I love it... the party is still going on... can't you hear the music... come and join the conga!... thanks so much for taking part, I do love it when you're on board xx

    1. I do love a party - better late than never - but what a great line up I am going to have to try everyone.

  2. Another truly scrumptious cake, I love the oranges with it, I could convince myself that this was really very healthy cake eating.

    1. Of Course! It has nuts too. In fact the oranges are the perfect compliment to the cake - much better than cream I think.

  3. I did exactly the same thing - thought I had until the end of the month and discovered that it was all over. The stupid thing is, I made the cakes on 6th April because I took some of them to my sister-in-law for her birthday (which was on the 6th) - just didn't blog about them - thought I had ages!

    Anyway, I love the sound of this cake, I wonder what other fruit could be used instead of oranges. Although I love an orange syrup on cake - I actually hate eating oranges!

    1. Oh what a shame - I am sure Belleau Kitchen would have accepted them - it means we have all missed out.
      The oranges actually go very well with the cake - not sure what you could substitute. Paul had to ring me at work this morning to tell me how good this cake was - he had some for morning tea, how good is that.

  4. Pine nut cake, now that's one to try. Really fresh with the oranges. Do let me know if you manage to try them all. I think there should be an award for that, it's a lot of cake! GG

  5. That's a beautiful looking cake. It must have amazing texture with the pine nuts xx

    1. Texture more like a slice than a cake, but delish non the less.

  6. Yum this cake sounds so delicious! I love all kinds of orange cakes, and will give this a try. I am renovating a fibro beach shack and presently there is no television, which I like as I am getting lots of baking done in the evening when the tools have gone to bed. Would love you to pop on over and say hello, as I am following your blog to pick up more yummy baking ideas. Roberta

    1. Welcome Reberta, so nice of you to visit - have popped over to see your beach shack - love the green snail.

  7. I have never bake with pine nuts before and this cake with orange syrup sounds really delicious!

    1. Thanks for coming by and leaving a comment - hope you visit again. Love the look of your raspberry muffins!

  8. Oh! I love this recipe with the pine nut filling & lovely thin pastry! Looks so appetizing & lovely presented! Awesome! :)

    1. Thank you, thank you..... it was so nice (even if I do say so myself) I was having it for a breakfast treat too.

  9. I make this cake every now and then for special occassions and it is beautiful.