I've been off from the blog sphere from almost last 3 weeks or so, my last post was on auto schedule. Thanks to those of you who stopped at Spicebuds to write down some wonderful words and also sorry for missing all those wonderful posts out there. Now reason for not being active here, it's not me being lazy but we decided on a little road trip of 940 miles in two days.......many days went into packing before the trip & unpacking is still going on, two vehicles, two adults, two kids, two days, start to finish 7 states covered.......
excitement of thinking back & writing about all this adventure made me forgot to mention that one vehicle was a U-haul.......I know, I know what all you guys are saying Oh!!!!! "moving" now the story is clear...."How possibly some one would take a adventure trip amidst all the snow storms we are getting this season here in USA" right? that's what U guys were thinking??? But believe me if I ever start a travel blog I'll have many such adventure trips to share(not related to moving at all)......but really Thankful to GOD, No Complaints at all, the days we were in the process of moving(loading, travelling & unloading) skies were clear and sunny, it was colddddd but clear skies.
Now coming to the recipe, no I didn't baked it for our trip but it was baked back in dec. for Teacher Appreciation Day in my 3rd grader's school. When I asked the event Organiser about any suggestions what to bake, she simply said for some reason teachers like anything with chocolate in it. So I decided to make Orange Chocolate Cake because I had some good oranges on hand. Google to the help and instantly decided on this recipe which is originally from Nigella Lawson, but as the ingredients were weighed in this recipe so started to do some calculations of mine & somewhere between that time again googled and found this recipe which again is from Nigella Lawson(yes, it's basically same recipe) but this second link gave the ingredients measured in spoons & cups, making my work little bit more easy. I did tweaked the recipe a little bit acc. to what I had in my pantry at that time and also reduced the quantity of butter. I used 9x5x3 inch loaf pan, recipe given is for one loaf, here goes the recipe :
What I used :
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
- 1 tablespoons honey
- 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
- 3/4 cup dark brown sugar, packed
- 3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
- 1 cup all-purpose flour (used unbleached kind)
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup buttermilk at room temp.
- 2 small oranges, zest of (1 tablespoon)
- 1 small orange, juice of (3 tablespoons)
For Orange glaze :
- 1/2 cup Confectioner sugar
- 2 tablespoon Orange juice
- Preheat oven to 325°. Grease 9x5x3 inch loaf pan.
- In a large bowl, mix the butter, honey, syrup and sugar until smooth. I used electric mixer.
- Add egg & mix in.
- In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda and cocoa powder.
- Mix around 2-3 tablespoon of the dry ingredients into the liquid mixture.
- Add half of the buttermilk and mix it.
- Add few more spoonfuls of dry ingredients and another round of mixing.
- Add rest of the buttermilk.
- Mix in remaining dry ingredients, mix everything together and now it's time for orange zest add it and lightly mix it.
- Finally at the end, add the orange juice.Pour batter into the prepared pan.
- Bake for 45 minutes or so.
- Leave it in the pan for a while, take it out on the wire rack to cool completely.
- Once the cake is cooled, make the glaze by mixing both ingredients to pourable consistency & drizzle it over the cake. If needed adjust the quantity of sugar and juice to get the consistency and taste U like.