Orange, Almond and Marmalade Morning Tea Cakes.

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Spring is just around the corner and the birds are warbling cheerfully in the garden. Another Dexter calf was born early this morning, still without name but many are in the running. What a glorious day, makes me want to talk like Robbie Burns, oh deary laddie oh.

New born male Dexter  in need of a name.
New born male Dexter calf needs a name.  So far the nominations are : Dillon, Dylan, Danny, Dustin, David, Denzel, Darcy, Dermot,  Delicious,  Daire,  Dash, Doogle,  Daithi, ( I think that’s Daisy with a lisp  or pronounced by a drunk ),  Dennis,  Dugan, Declan, Duke, Dude, Duncan, Damian, Doyle,  Darragh,  Diddley Dee per Taters, Darius,  Dailey, Dale, Dinner, Draco,  Dax, Dante,  Doolin,  Declan, Dacow, Dagwod, Derwood, Des, Delbert, Donal, ( after Donal Lunny )  Dalton, Daryl, DOT ( short for Dirty Old Town) and Oh ( short for Danny Boy).

These simple little morning tea cakes are not overly sweet and include a small amount of almond meal helping to keep things moist. They have a sweet/bitter heart, just like mine, provided by a daub of orange marmalade. Best of all, they can be thrown together in minutes.

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Orange, Almond and Marmalade Cakes.

  • 125 g unsalted butter
  • 2/3 cup caster sugar
  • 1 large orange, rind zested then juiced
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup SR flour
  • 3/4 cup almond meal
  • orange marmalade

Cream the butter, sugar and orange rind until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time. Then add the flour, the almond meal and the juice. Spoon into a greased 12 hole muffin tin, regular sized , and if you prefer, encase them in muffin papers or parchment. Make a small indent into the batter and add a half teaspoon of marmalade to each. Smooth batter over the top.

Bake in a preheated (180 c oven for 15-20 minutes). Cool on a rack. Dust with icing sugar.

Tea for Three
Tea for Three

Help name the Dexter calf. The name must start with D and be male-ish. Irish/Celtic names preferred but not essential. Leave a D name in the comments below. His name will be chosen by Sunday, August 24th.

14 thoughts on “Orange, Almond and Marmalade Morning Tea Cakes.”

  1. The calf is lovely – add Devin to the list. I like these little tea cakes. I bet they would be good with a dollop of damson plum jam instead of marmalade (as I just made up a huge pot of the dark purple stuff). Glad spring is on the way.

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    1. Devin is a good one, on the list.I added the marmalade to this old recipe due to the large amount of preserves in the larder, I think damson plum would be great tucked into these. Oh yes, winter is tedious in a country that pretends to be about sun!

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