Different uses for the citric peel like oranges or lemons are:
Fruit peel, like oranges are candied.
Citrus fruit zest is added to flavor confectionery icing.
Lemon zest is used in cheese cakes .
For the cake
1 ½ cups dry roast almond pieces, processed to flour
4 large eggs, at room temperature, separated
½ cup honey
1 tsp. vanilla extract
½ tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. salt
Candied oranges and syrup
1 ½ cup Sugar
¾ cup water
2 or 3 medium oranges, thinly sliced
It is worth noting, that since honey is being used in place of sugar the glycemic index is from 32 to 59 depending the on the honey you use. Some types of honey, such as red clover honey or orange blossom honey, have a lower glycemic index. That is, they dissolve more slowly into the bloodstream and have less effect on blood sugar levels. In this recipe we will use the orange blossom honey.
Orange blossom honey may be a good source of trace minerals to support nutrition in humans. In a nutritional analysis published in "Talanta" in 2005, researchers from the University of Seville tested orange blossom honey for its mineral content. Zinc, boron, manganese, magnesium, calcium, selenium, copper, potassium and sodium were all found in orange blossom honey; however, their levels varied greatly depending on the geographical location from where the honey was gathered. If one honey is darker then another, it likely has a higher mineral content and more nutritional value (Live Strong).
We will start with candying the oranges first. Cut the ends off both sides of the orange and cut into thin slices.
Heat the sugar and water in a large skillet over medium heat, stirring until sugar has dissolved. Add oranges and cook over low heat for 15 minutes until candied. Set aside.
From a room temperature stick of butter, cut off one tablespoon. Stick it to the side of the spring-form pan; using a spatula spread it out over the sides of the spring-form pan.
Beat 4 egg yolks, ½ cup honey, vanilla, baking soda and salt in a large mixing bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed until well combined. Add the ground almond flour and beat on low until combined.
Beat 4 egg whites in another large bowl with the electric mixer on medium speed until very foamy, and doubled in volume, but not stiff enough to hold peaks, 1 to 2 minutes. It is important that there is no hint of yolk in the whites or they will now whip up. The bowl cannot have any water in it or oil as well as the attachments to the electric mixer. The whites will not whip up.
Using a rubber spatula, gently fold the egg whites into the nut mixture until just combined.
Bake 38-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cake should have the appearance of golden brown.
Though the orange glaze was prepared with sugar, it is natural tasting as some healthy nutrition to it. As we mentioned at the onset the high content of vitamin C in the peel. Which some if not all did boil out into the sugar/water.
Enjoy more cakes: Almond Flour Honey Cake (also gluten and grain free) or a Peach Upside Down Cake.
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