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Recipe: gluten-free almond orange cake

  |  September 19, 2012

DUBAI , UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – Sep 17 : Gluten free cake at the Sweet Connection bakery in Dubai Investment Park in Dubai. ( Pawan Singh / The National ) For Arts & Life. Story by Emily
DUBAI , UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – Sep 17 : Gluten free cake at the Sweet Connection bakery in Dubai Investment Park in Dubai. ( Pawan Singh / The National ) For Arts & Life. Story by Emily

We didnít have enough space in the paper to feature all the recipes that Areej Jomaa, the founder of Sweet Connection, Dubaiís first 100 per cent gluten-free bakery provided us with.

Having tried her almond orange cake (pictured above), I can vouch for the fact that it is too good to be left out, so the full recipe is below.

Almond orange cake

Ingredients For the cake: 185g unsalted butter 1 tablespoon finely grated orange rind 1 1/4 cups caster sugar 5 eggs 3 cups almond meal 3/4 cup desiccated coconut 3/4 cup rice flour 1 teaspoon baking powder

For the orange syrup: 1 large orange 1/3 cup caster sugar 1/3 cup water

Method Grease an 8-inch by 5-inch baking pan or an 8-inch round pan.

Beat together the butter, orange rind and sugar in a bowl with an electric mixer, until light and fluffy.

Add the eggs one at a time, beating until just combined between additions.

Stir in the almond meal, coconut and sifted rice flour and baking powder.

Spread the cake mixture into the prepared pan and bake in moderate oven for approximately one hour.

While the cake is cooking, prepare the orange syrup. Squeeze the juice from the orange (you should have approximately 1/3 cup) into a small saucepan. Stir in the sugar and water and place over a medium heat.

Continue to stir the mixture, until the sugar dissolves. Donít allow the liquid to boil.

Simmer uncovered, without stirring for five minutes.

Leave the cake to stand in the tin for five minutes then turn out onto a wire rack.

Pour the hot orange syrup over hot cake.