We are reaching the end of June! Half of 2013 is going to be gone soon, how is everyone's year so far? Last week Singapore was hit by a severe haze problem and I'm glad that the haze has cleared up pretty much now. Now I just hope the haze would clear up in other affected places...
Nevertheless, I am also really looking forward towards the later half of the year as all my holiday plans are then and there are so many fun holidays coming up, like Mid-Autumn Festival, Christmas... not to mention I'm going to be hosting the Aspiring Bakers in August (Theme: Choux) and in December (Theme: Alcohol)! I am going to start planning what to cook/bake for these themes, and I hope you guys would join me in the fun too!
But first let me come back to today's bake, a Home Baker's bake, chosen by Maria from Box of Stolen Socks this time round. She takes really nice photos of her bakes, so do check them out!
The original bake is supposed to be a cranberry-pecan studded cake, but from the title, I guess you all can tell what happened to the cranberries and the pecans. The substitution is mainly because pecans and cranberries are pretty expensive here, and almonds and raisins are cheaper alternatives. To prevent the raisins from absorbing the moisture in the cake, I soaked them in hot water until they became plump and juicy. The orange concentrate was also replaced with orange juice, purely because I couldn't be bothered to get a bottle of concentrate just for this bake - I just want to save some money... haha!
It's a very simple and light butter cake, with the streusel topping (very similar to the topping on my polo buns) making a crunchy crust, perfect with a cup of coffee or tea!
And here's how to bake the cake!
|1) Measure brown sugar and butter together.||2) Cream till light and fluffy and beat in the egg.|
|3) Sift and stir in ½ of the flour mixture.||4) Stir in some orange juice.|
|5) Sift and stir in remaining flour mixture.||6) Stir in some soaked and drained raisins.|
|7) Transfer the batter to a lined tin.||8) Sprinkle almond flakes all over.|
|9) Make the streusel topping.||10) As the butter had softened, the streusel wasn't perfect|
|11) Sprinkle the streusel all over the almond flakes.||12) Then bake until the cake is done!|
I'm submitting this cake to The Home Bakers - do check out here for other Home Bakers' attempt!
Raisin-Almond-Orange Coffee Cake (makes 8x5-inch loaf)
adapted from Coffee Cakes by Lou Seibert Pappas
Notes: I made only ½ of the recipe and baked it in a tin instead of a pie pan as I was worried about seepage of the batter. You can substitute the almonds and raisins with other nuts and fruits that you like.
55 grams unsalted butter, at room temperature
100 grams brown sugar (½ cup packed)
1 large egg, at room temperature
125 grams all-purpose flour (1 cup)
1 teaspoon baking powder
⅛ teaspoon table salt (¼ teaspoon coarse salt)
½ cup orange juice
½ cup raisins, soaked and drained
Small handful almond flakes
60 grams all-purpose flour (½ cup)
55 grams cold, unsalted butter, chopped into small pieces
55 grams caster sugar (¼ cup)
For the instructions, please visit Maria's blog!
 I soaked the raisins in hot water and drained them when the water has dropped to room temperature. You can also choose to soak it in rum overnight to make a more "adult" cake.
 I baked the cake for about 15 - 20 minutes at 175 degrees Celsius.