It was wonderful to see S. so involved in the kitchen. In order to help expand her cahier de recettes, she helped me make Nutella sweet crêpes; I taught her how to “dress” (read: eat more veggies) her green peas a little by adding onions, carrots, and Italians seasoning; how to use warm milk instead of cold milk into her mashed potatoes (cold milk would cool down the potatoes too much and would compel you to reheat the puree which purists would not want you to do!), etc.
As we were pealing and cutting potatoes, I asked her why she liked cooking so much. “It’s magical”, she replied. “And why is that?”, I asked in return. “Because you take ingredients and you turn them into something delicious!”…..Isn’t she so right?
My stay was too short to spend more time in the kitchen with S. (and her younger sister who, in turns, was also very interested in participating). There was a delicious orange cake (with icing) for us to eat over the week-end. It reminded me that I had made one with my children a few weeks ago, which we all enjoyed very much. I am sure that S. would have loved to add this one to her cahier de recettes. Bon Appétit!
- 1/3 cup (75 gr or 2.6 oz) butter at room temperature
- 3/4 cup (150 gr or 5.2 oz) light brown cane sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 big orange, zested and juiced
- 2 cups (250 gr or 8.8 oz) Flour
- 1 ts Baking Powder
- 1 ts Baking Soda
- 1/4 ts salt
- 2/3 cup Chocolate Chips (more if desired)
- 1 cup buttermilk (250ml or 8 Fl oz) (or plain yogurt)
- Preheat oven to 350F
- In a food processor, whisk butter and sugard until light and fluffy
- Add eggs, one a time, whisking in between
- Stir in Orange zest
- In a bowl, combine all the dry ingredients.
- Stir in buttermilk and dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, alternatively starting with buttermilk.
- Stir in chocolate chips
- Place into a bread pan
- Cook in the oven for 40-45mn. A tested should come out clear.
My Personal Comments:
- In a saucepan, stir in the Orange juice with 1/2 cup (100 gr or 3.3 oz) of sugar.
- Cook until syrup reduces and thickens.
- Pour over cake to moist
- I am not a big fan of Syrup on pound cake so I generally leave them behind.
- You could do without the chocolate chips but I think that they appeal to children (and adults) more.