Posts Tagged ‘orange’

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Pimm’s Cup

August 12, 2015

This is the second of three punch bowls we served at our “welcome to summer” party. It would also be a fun drink to mix up around Kentucky Derby time.

You will need:

  • 1 bottle (750 mL) Pimm’s No. 1 Cup Liqueur
  • 1/2 cucumber, sliced into thin rounds
  • A handful of frozen strawberries
  • 1 orange, sliced thin
  • 1 lemon, sliced thin with seeds removed
  • 1 green apple, sliced thin
  • 1 c fresh mint leaves
  • 2 L sprite

Then you will…

  1. Pour the Pimm’s into a punch bowl or pitcher.
  2. Add the fruit.
  3. Lightly crush the mint by rubbing it between your palms. Add to the punch.
  4. Mix in the sprite.
  5. Serve over ice.

20150626 Pimms Cup

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Santiago Almond Cake

May 3, 2015
I love almonds. Whether they are in the form of marzipan or raw, they are one of my favorite treats. Torta de Santiago is a historically important cake from Spain. It means the “cake of Saint James” and has been served since the Middle Ages.
You will need:

  • 2 2/3 c finely ground almond meal from blanched almonds
  • 6 eggs, separated
  • 1 1/4 c sugar
  • 1 orange, zested
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • 1/4 t almond extract
  • Powdered sugar for dusting

20150410 Santiago Cake

Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9-inch springform pan.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, beat the egg yolks with the sugar until smooth and a pale yellow.
  3. Beat in the zests and almond extract.
  4. Stir in the almond meal and mix well. The mixture will be rather thick.
  5. In a medium mixing bowl, whip the egg whites until you have stiff peaks.
  6. Fold the eggs whites into the almond mixture in thirds.
  7. Spread the batter in the prepared pan.
  8. Bake for 35 to 45 minutes, or until golden and set in the middle.
  9. Allow to cool in the pan for 20 minutes. Remove the sides and allow to cool completely.
  10. Remove from the pan and set on a serving dish.
  11. Dust the cake with a little powdered sugar before serving.
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Mock Sangria

April 15, 2015

My girlfriends and I recently started hosting “wine down Fridays,” where we go to one of our houses for snacks and drinks one Friday a month. The idea was to make sure we have time to catch up in an environment where we can relax and have fun. I hosted a Spain-inspired evening, and I wanted to have something to drink that was not wine. Check out this mock sangria! It’s quite refreshing and easy to put together.

20150410 Sangria 02

You will need:

  • 2 c boiling water
  • 2 Early Grey tea bags
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 pods of star anise
  • 1/3 c honey (optional)
  • 2 c pomegranate juice
  • 1/2 c orange juice
  • A mix of thinly sliced fruits (I used a blood orange, lemon, lime and green apple)
  • 2 c soda or seltzer water

Then you will…

  1. In a small mix bowl or a large measuring cup, pour the boiling water over the tea bags.
  2. Add the cinnamon and star anise to the tea mixture and allow to steep for 5 minutes.
  3. Remove the tea bags.
  4. If using, mix in the honey until it is dissolved in the tea.
  5. Pour the tea into a large pitcher.
  6. Add the juice(s) and your sliced fruit.
  7. Refrigerate overnight (if you prepare the day of an event, allow to sit for as long as possible).
  8. Add the soda water just before serving.

p.s. You can always substitute a dry sparkling wine for the soda water if you decide you do not want a mocktail.

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