Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Rainy in Boston

A cold rainy day in Boston calls for something warm and homemade for the children when they return from school.   Clementines which were consumed with relish in December are now being left in the bowl in lieu of other more exciting fruits.  What to do with the last few Clementines?  A brief internet search turned up so many delicious options I was hungry before I started!    I decided on a Clementine torte,  recipe and link to follow.

"Around the turn of the 20th century a French Priest, named Pere Clement, living in Algeria, crossed a bitter orange (Seville) with a Mandarin. The result was a sweet yet tangy, slightly flattened, easy to peel orange which became known as the Clementine. Clementines are often called the 'Christmas' orange, as its harvest time corresponds with the holiday season."  Stephanie Jaworski

Clementine Torte:
1 pound (454 grams) Clementines (4 to 6 depending on size)
6 large eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups (250 grams) granulated white sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 3/4 cups (250 grams) almond meal or ground almonds

Place the Clementines in a saucepan and cover with cold water.   Bring to a boil and then simmer the Clementines for about two hours.   Drain and let the oranges cool completely.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) and place rack in center of oven.   Butter and line a 9 inch springform pan with parchment paper.   Set aside.

Once the Clementines are completely cooled, slice in half, and remove any seeds.   Place the Clemenine halves (skins and all) in your food processor, along with the eggs and process until thoroughly blended.   Add the vanilla extract and process until incorporated.   In a separate large bowl, whisk together the sugar, baking powder, salt and ground almonds.    Add the orange mixture to the almond mixture and whisk or stir to combine.   Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for about 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean (you may want to cover the cake with aluminum foil about halfway through baking to prevent over browning).  Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool.   Once it has completely cooled, remove the side of the springform pan.  

This cake is best after it has been allowed to sit for a few days.   Serve with a dollop of softly whipped cream.

Makes one -9 inch torte.