Mandarin and Cardamon infused Almond Cake

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A delicious and colourful cake full of the flavours of Christmas markets, perfect with tea to brighten up a cold day, or as a light and joyful desert after a nice meal.  It’s not only easy to make with very standard ingredients it also keeps very nicely for a few days, as the infusion of Mandarin and Cardamon syrup keeps it perfectly moist and preserved.

To make a cake for 8:

-200g self raising flour
-50g ground Almonds
-5 medium eggs
-170g butter
-170g brown sugar
-Juice of 4 mandarins
-2 Tablespoons to brown sugar
-2 whole Cardamon Seeds
-A tub of sour cream

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Pre-heat your oven at 180 degrees Celsius. Melt the butter, add the sugar and mix to a creamy paste.  Once cooled down a bit add the eggs.  Then whisk in the flour and almonds gradually to the buttercream.  Mix everything to a homogenous paste and put it into a greased or lined cake tin (the tin needs to be large enough to accomodate the mandarin juice once the cake is baked).

Put it in the oven and bake for about 35 to 40 minutes, till golden brown.

While the cake is in the oven put the juice of the mandarins in a pan.  Add the sugar and Cardamon seeds.  Boil gently for about 10 minutes until the juice has thickened, then remove the Cardamon seeds.

Once the cake is finished switch off the oven, take out the cake and pour the mandarin syrup over the cake. Put it back into the oven, so that the syrup can be gently absorbed while the oven and the cake cool down.

Serve this cake with a dollop of sour cream on the side, and sprinkle over some grated mandarin skin and chopped almonds.

Now enjoy the beautiful flavours and relax with a nice cup of tea.

Wintery greetings from the Mirabeau kitchen!

Jeany Cronk
The author: Jeany Cronk

Jeany Cronk, foremost wife and mother of three Cronklets, lends an ear to endless wine conundrums contemplated by her other-half and works on the Mirabeau look and feel. Her big passions are interior design, the French way of life and of course the inspirational flavours and food of Provence.

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