Now, I am not by any stretch of the imagination, a baker. Give me some flour, eggs and sugar, and you are somehow sure to find yourself eating a sweet omelette with bread. However, Friday afternoon I found myself in the kitchen with a bag of clementines, some self-raising flour, eggs and a bottle of Cointreau. Adding a few other household ingredients and loosely following Nigella Lawson’s Clementine Cake recipe, I got my baking on. What transpired was a whole lot of fun and the resulting cake, while needing slightly more sugar, was yummy in my tummy once a layer of Nutella was slopped on in the end.
I don’t even know how it started really. Actually, like most of my adventures in the kitchen, I wanted something fresh and went looking for a clementine in the fridge. From there, the next 3 hours of my life were spent boiling little round oranges, looking for the flour, counting eggs and trying not to burn those little oranges. (Does anyone know why clementines are named as such?)
So before I get to how we start to create this orangy deliciousness, here are the things you’ll need:
- 4 to 5 clementines (about 1 pound total weight)
- 6 eggs
- 3/4 cup of brown sugar
- 1/2 cup of shredded cocount (feel free to substitute for more sugar)
- 2 1/3 cups self-raising flour
- 3 heaping shots of Cointreau
The Instruction Manual:
1. Wash the clementines with hot/warm water and try to take off most of the wax (just leaves less wax in the pot after boiling…my pot became a candle after boiling)
2. Place your juicy clementines in a pot of water, bring to a boil for 20 minutes or so and then reduce to medium heat allowing your little orange treats cook for 2 hours total.
3. 2 hours is a long time. Go for a run, read a book, clean your room…it’ll end in cake!!!
4. Drain pot, and once cool enough to handle, cut each clementine in half and gently take out the seeds.
5. Either finely chop the skins, pith and fruit in a food processor or simply chop everything by hand. Trust me, everything. It takes soooo good later on…
6. Preheat the oven to 190°C/375°F
8. Beat the eggs up.
Optional: Find someone closeby and high five with sticky, mix covered hands.
11. Pour the cake mixture into the pan and bake for 1 hour or until a fork comes out clean. If the top is getting too brown, cover with foil (remember this! I forgot to and then had to cover with Nutella :D) and continue until baking is complete.
12. Remove from oven, spread Nutella all over top, allow to cool, then remove from pan. Voila! You just made a Drunken Nutella Clementine Cake.