What a way to start this Summer month….with a celebration for Children!
Children´s Day is celebrated all around the world on various days but for me born and raised in Portugal was always on the 1st of June!
In school we would always have something different and special happening and at home parents and close family always got us a little gift… somehow my Mum had this thing of giving both me and my sister new underwear…which until last year was always super welcomed!
Yes, we got gifts from my Mum on this Children´s Day until last year…Mine arrived by post on a very sad day for us… there were gifts for all V&C family: for me, for A and a book for T with a message from grandma Zézinha…was the last we had and the message that came with the box is with us forever!
The families got bigger and this was extended to our little ones….We carry on my Mum´s tradition and passed it to our kids. We bought a little gift for T which he woke up to this morning and last week when in Lisbon the cousins exchanged a little present between them (somehow my sister kept the underwear tradition for T..ahahah)!
So, as in any other celebration day, we got Cake for Breakfast of course!
I set the table last night so he could see the present and the cake after waking up… It was simple and pure Joy!
A slow breakfast, all at the table to contrast with the fast and sometimes stressed ones during the week days!
Passing these simple little traditions not only gives us a sense of Home wherever we are but also make me feel this confort of keeping memories alive!
So, as my Mum and until I am able to, for T…today will always be a Special Day!
Happy Children’s Day
An Orange, Almonds and Polenta Cake
I have done this cake over and over again and it´s always a success and so simple to make!
It was the first time I replaced the plain flour by polenta and used unrefined sugar instead of caster sugar. I knew T would be crazy and would want to have more than one slice so I tried to make it as healthier as possible.
The taste is still amazing, a crumbly texture with a blend of zesty flavour from the cooked and blended orange and the moisture of the almonds. I have also drizzled some reduced orange juice on top and I had mine with a spoon of Greek yogurt! Spot on!
- 2 large oranges (1 to cook and 1 to juice)
- 3 eggs
- 200 g of sugar (I used raw coconut sugar which is darker and gives a darker colour to the cake, but you can use caster sugar)
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 200 g ground almonds
- 50 g polenta
- 1 tsp vanilla bean paste or flavour
- Greek yogurt to serve (optional)
- Pre-heat the oven to 180ºC. Grease a 20 cm baking tin and line with non-stick baking paper.
- Wash one of the oranges, cut in quarters and in a sauce pan with water bring it to boil and then simmer for 30-40 min until the skin is soft. Drain it, cool and blend all the orange with the peel into a purée. You can use a hand blender or a food processor.
- In a bowl whisk the eggs and the sugar until paler and fluffy. If you are using a darker sugar than caster sugar this will have a more brown colour.
- Fold in the baking powder, almonds and the polenta. Add the orange purée and the vanilla.
- Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and cook for 30-40 min or until the cake is golden and the skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean. Remove from the oven and leave it to cool.
- Juice the other orange and in a sauce pan reduce the juice to half. Pour it on top of the cake. You can decorate with some orange zest and serve it with a spoon of Greek yogurt.
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