Friday, 11 January 2013

Food Waste Friday - first food waste cake of the year!

Sadly there was more Christmas food waste this week; the last of the pate, now very out of date, and a gooseberry fool. The chickens rejected a small chunk of camembert this week, so we won't even try them with the pate or the fool.

We've been eating our way through leftovers and things in the freezer to keep January a low spend month. Even the fruit bowl, that had been full of variety on New Year's Eve, this week was down to some lonely oranges, bought for Christmassy recipes. As a fruit to be consumed in their natural state, they are never especially popular here; we're a lazy bunch, and an orange represents too much hard work - all that peeling, the pith, the squirting of juice in all directions...give us clementines, any day!

Fortunately I have a really good orangey cakey recipe, that Daughter, all fired up by the prospect of her impending first ever cookery lessons at school, was eager to attempt, unaided, last Sunday.

Chocolate, Orange and Almond Torte

It really is exceptionally yummy and you can kid yourself that it's almost healthier than an orange itself; no fat is added, it's gluten free and the dark chocolate has all those anti0xidants. It's a torte rather than a cake, so it's thin and suitably January-ish. (Ours is a bit thinner than intended. Due to 12 year olds not having much experience at separating eggs the egg whites weren't whisked on their own, as they should have been!) It must be packed with vitamin C, as the sponge is soaked with orange juice, so it's even good for warding off seasonal bugs and viruses.

Despite the torte's healthful benefits, it was a Sunday treat only, and the rest of the week we were feasting on humbler concoctions such as food waste smoothie that was more of a yogurt icecream, made with some of last week's frozen apple juice, a frozen yogurt, frozen food waste grapes and raspberries, and a banana.

Apart from the banana, this was all stuff that, in pre-Food Waste Friday days, might have been left to go well past its sell-by date and thrown away or composted, so it was an extra satisfying dessert. 

Chocolate, Orange and Almond Torte

(for the cake)
4 large eggs separated
175g caster sugar
grated rind of 3 large oranges
110g ground almonds

(for the syrup)
juice of 3 large oranges
caster sugar
brandy (optional)

(for the topping)
100g plain chocolate
100g milk chocolate
double cream
toasted flaked almonds

Pre-heat oven to 220 deg c, gas mark 7.

Grease a 9 inch round cake tin.

  • Beat the egg yolks with the sugar until they are thick and creamy. Add the orange rind and mix well. Gradually beat in the ground almonds.
  • In a separate bowl whisk the egg whites until stiff and fold into the almond mixture. Pour the mixture into the tin.
  • Cook for 15 minutes then turn the oven down to 160 deg c, gas mark 3 and cook for a further 15 minutes. The cake will rise and fall down again.
  • While the cake is cooking, make the syrup. Strain the orange juice and stir in as much sugar as required (we only used a teaspoon). Add the brandy if using. 
  • Remove the cake from the tin and place on a serving dish. Pour the syrup over the cake. Allow to cool.
  • Melt the chocolate and cream in a bowl over a pan of boiling water. Pour over the cake and sprinkle with toasted almonds.
Notes: We didn't use as much chocolate, and used plain chocolate only. You'll also see from the picture that we didn't have any almonds to put on top.

Food Waste Friday was dreamt up by, to encourage people to use up food instead of waste it. This week you can find Food Waste Friday hosted by 
Simply Being Mum.


  1. Yum, that cake looks great, and it's gluten free :) With you posting that recipe and Lili offering to send me a recipe for chickpea chocolate cake I need to find some excuses to start baking cakes! Mr Omnivore is not really a fan and I really shouldn't eat them all myself.

    Nice job on the smoothie too :)

  2. Well, the orange cake is so thin and light, you could easily gobble it up yourself, in the name of keeping healthy of course! Go for it!

  3. Oh, that cake looks delicious. Orange and chocolate are a favorite pairing of mine.

    I do a lot with oranges this time of year, because they are relatively inexpensive here in winter. A friend passed along a recipe to me for orange muffins that use the entire orange, just cut into chunks, peel and all and drop in a blender, no peeling.

    Have you tried peeling oranges with a spoon? I score the orange peel in quarters, then use a spoon turned over to peel the orange. Easier on my fingernails, and the skin underneath.

    1. No I've never tried the spoon method but I will next time!

  4. Your comment about oranges being too much hard work made me laugh, I completely agree!

    1. Glad we're not the only ones; the other annoying orange things are the chewiness and the bits that get stuck in your teeth...

  5. Thanks for mentioning the orange cake that i made!!! yes it was very yummy. maybe next time we should put a layor of chocolate in the middle to make it a bit thicker!!!!

    1. I think it would be too thin to cut in half - we'd just have to make two and stick them together! Yum!

  6. Sounds yummy! I have some whole almonds going past their best. Might grind them up and give this a go!