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    Almond and Orange Biscocho

    This is a deliciously moist madeira cake from Valencia, delicately scented with orange. As is quite usual in Spanish cake recipes, olive oil replaces butter. In the old days, the olive oils used in baking had to be heated to rid them of their rawness and pungency - desirable in savoury dishes, but by no means welcome in sweet things.

    • Preparation time: 15 minutes
    • Cooking time: 50-60 minutes, plus cooling
    • Total time: 1 hour 5 minutes to 1 hour 15 minutes minutes, plus cooling 60 minutes 15 minutes

    Serves: 6 - 8


    • 175g plain flour
    • 2 level tsp baking powder
    • 100g ground almonds
    • 175g golden caster sugar
    • ½ tsp salt
    • 3 eggs, lightly whisked
    • 200ml light olive oil
    • 1 orange, juiced and zest finely grated


    1. Preheat the oven to 170°C/gas 3 and liberally oil a 1kg loaf tin.
    2. Mix the dry ingredients together, then work in the remaining ingedients with a wooden spoon. Alternatively, mix in a food processor until smooth. The mixture should drop easily from a spoon - add more orange juice if necessary.
    3. Spoon the mixture into the tin and bake for 50-60 minutes until well risen, firm and beginning to shrink from the sides. (Check the cake after 45 minutes and, if the top is browning, put some foil over it.) Leave the cake to rest for 10 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool. Serve with orange slices trickled with orange-blossom honey and scattered with toasted, flaked almonds. Stored in a tin, the cake will keep well for 2-3 weeks.

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