Orange you Lovely!

Happy Thursday all,
I have good news…it’s almost Friday and for most of you that means the weekend is almost here…not to mention a 3 day weekend for those of you celebrating the 4th of July! I myself am absolutely ecstatic and cannot wait to celebrate. I just love celebrating the 4th…I mean what better way to celebrate the United States’ independence parading around in red,white, and blue, shooting off fireworks, watching neighborhood parades, and having a down home family barbecue in the backyard. Did I mention I love the 4th? Get ready for a tasty 4th recipe coming up this weekend! To celebrate Thursday, I thought I would make myself a cake. A while ago I mentioned a lady named Elana Amsterdam, the voice behind Elana’s Pantry, a gluten-free blog that I absolutely love! Anyhow, my sister is coming to visit this weekend so I thought I would make her something she can eat. She has a tendency to go to family events where she cannot eat anything but a plate of veggies because she is allergic to everything under the sun. Not to mention, it doesn’t help that my family is Italian, so normally at our gatherings the only thing you can find is a loaf of garlic bread, a pot of pasta, and meatballs rolled with breadcrumbs. Not so good for little miss Leslie who is allergic to gluten! Naturally, I turned to Elana’s blog for a good “snacking” cake. I have created a lemon cake before, but when I found Elana’s recipe for her Orange Cake, I knew I just had to try it. To me, summer just screams citrus fruits, so I decided that I might as well use these fruits to the best of my ability while I can. This is odd, seeing as I absolutely detest orange juice, and I rarely have a craving for oranges, yet the picture of the cake on Elana’s blog looked irresistable…so I caved. This cake is super dense, and not to mention, super simple to make. You just throw all the ingredients in your food processor or blender, give it a whirl, pop it into the oven, and bam…Orange Cake. I hope you all enjoy Elana’s recipe and once again, a big thank you to Elana for catering to the gluten-free community with her delicious recipes.

Gluten-Free Orange Cake (adapted from Elana’s Pantry):

2 oranges
4 eggs
3/4 c. agave nectar
2 cups blanched almond flour
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1 tsp. baking soda
powdered sugar, for dusting

1. Wash the oranges and boil them whole (peel and all) for 1 1/2 hours (or until soft).
2. Place the whole oranges (peel and all) into a food processor and blend until smooth.
3. Process in eggs, agave, almond flour, salt, and baking soda until well blended.
4. Bake at 375 F for 45-50 minutes, until a toothpick stuck in the center comes out clean.
5. Cool in the pan for two hours.
6. Cut into 8 slices and dust each slice with 1 tsp. of powdered sugar.
7. Serve.


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