Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Strawberry, pistachio and orange cakes

Strawberry, pistachio and orange cakes / Bolinhos de laranja, pistache e morango

These little cakes are, to me, essentially friands – ground nuts + egg whites + melted butter – but my favorite magazine website calls them cakes, so cakes they are. :)

They turned out really good – tender and moist – and the roasted strawberries are delicious: I used to say that apples and bananas can benefit (a lot) from some time in the oven and now I have to add strawberries to that list.

Strawberry, pistachio and orange cakes / Bolinhos de laranja, pistache e morango

Strawberry, pistachio and orange cakes
adapted from Australian Gourmet Traveller

Roasted strawberries with orange blossom:
300g strawberries, hulled and quartered
½ cup (50g) caster sugar
finely grated zest and juice of 1 orange
1 tablespoon orange blossom water

6 egg whites
¾ cup + 1 tablespoon (184g) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1 ¾ cups (245g) icing sugar, sifted
150g unsalted pistachios, lightly toasted and finely ground
¾ cup (105g) all purpose flour, sifted
finely grated zest of 1 orange

Preheat oven to 180°C/350°F; butter six deep 10cm loose-bottomed flan pans.
For roasted strawberries, combine ingredients in a baking dish, cover with foil and roast in oven for 10 minutes or until tender. Cool and reserve cooking juices.
Whisk egg whites in a bowl until frothy, add melted butter and whisk to combine, add icing sugar, ground pistachios, flour and zest and stir to combine.
Spoon mixture into prepared pans and arrange 3-4 pieces of strawberry on top of each.
Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden and a skewer inserted in the center withdraws clean.
Stand in pans for 5 minutes then carefully unmold onto a wire rack.
Serve warm, drizzled with the reserved juices (they taste delicious at room temperature as well).

Makes 6 – I halved the recipe, used shallow 9cm tartlet pans and got 7 cakes


Satya said...

wow these small cakes looks so awesome ...so cute n delicious ...am a big fan of ur baking ..will try it soon


WendyinKK said...

Ohhhh.... roasted strawberries, they sure must taste fabulous.

Unknown said...

You have such great variety! Love these.

Jess @ Sugar High said...

mmmm lookin good!

Torviewtoronto said...

Looks so pretty

Shabs.. said...

Those are real good....nice pics dear

Jennifer said...

Patricia, these are gorgeous!!

Paula said...

oh, I must do these delicious little cakes!

Ann said...

Beautiful recipe Patricia - love the photography.

Amanda Stuckey said...

I think you just successfully combined all of my favorite foods into one little cake.

Abby said...

Cute, cute, CUTE.

Shaheen {The Purple Foodie} said...

I think strawberry and pistachio is such a perfect match. You tiny teacakes look lovely. I especially love the tea towel!

Katie said...

These look delicious and packed full of flavours

The Urban Baker said...

these are simply gorgeous! i am going to have to try these as I just got beautiful strawberries at the farmers market!

Patty said...

Beautiful flavor combination!

Andrea said...

I simply love your blog! It is beyond awesome. Good nice recipes I will give a try one day n.n
You seem to have so much experience on this, I just started my own blog (thekitchenseries.blogspot.com) and I have to say I envy your photos sooo much! I just hope one day to be half as good as you are!

Patricia Scarpin said...

Satya, thank you!

Wendy, they do! :)
Thank you!

Jennifurla, thank you, sweetie!

Jess, thank you!

Torview, thank you!

Shabs, thank you!

Jen, thank you, darling!

Paula, thank you! I hope you do!

Ann, thank you for stopping by!

Amanda, that is great news! Thank you, sweetie!

Abby, thank you!

Shaheen, thank you for stopping by! I've had tea towel for so long but rarely use it - don't know why! :)

Katie, thank you!

Susan, thank you, darling! I hope you give these a go!

Patty, thank you!

Andrea, thank you for stopping by and commenting! If you check the photos at the beginning of my blog you'll see they were not all that. :)
Welcome to the blog world!

Yasmeen said...

very pretty cakes,love the deep red berries :D

Rucha Chonkar said...

hey very nice recipes u have on ur blog...
It's simply gr8...
Thanx for sharing with us

Patricia Scarpin said...

Yasmeen, thank you!

Rucha, thank you! You are far too kind!

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