From the marriage of Orange and Eggs

orangerollCalling out all Orange lovers, this recipe is for you! The amazing power a single orange can bring to this roll is way beyond my capacity to describe it. And you can add it to your list of “I can’t stop eating it”.
Once more it’s heavy on eggs and sugar (well it’s Portuguese, you couldn’t be expecting something else) and it’s typical from the Estremadura region (where Lisbon is located). Although the orange flavour cuts the extreme egg taste that some other Portuguese desserts have, which I understand isn’t much appreciated by some of you.

You will need:
8 eggs
500g sugar
1 Orange (juice and zest)
2 Tbsp of flour

1. In a large bowl place the eggs and sugar. Whisk until the sugar is dissolved.
2. Add the orange juice and grated zest. Whisk heavily.
3. Sprinkle the flour. Whisk one more time.
4. Butter and flour a jelly roll pan, or you can line the cake pan with parchment (baking paper).
5. Pour the mixture into the cake pan.
6. Cook in a preheated oven at 200ºC for around 20 minutes.
7. Take a cocktail stick to poke the top of the cake slightly in the middle. If it is dry the cake is done. Don’t over cook it, otherwise it will break when rolled.
8. Let it rest and cool for 5 minutes. Loose the edges of the cake from the pan with a knife.
9. Line a kitchen towel over your kitchen counter/table.
10. Sprinkle the kitchen towel with sugar (or icing sugar)
11. Turn out the cake on top of the towel. Peel the parchment (if you used it).
12. With the help of the towel roll the cake.

You can find similar orange rolls in cafés, supermarkets and at the Farmer’s Market. Like in all issues related to food some are good others are made of glue (they are heavy and flavourless – you are not able to even spot the egg flavour and the orange is only in it’s name). How to know before you buy? There are three signs you should be aware: if it seems to you too dry, if it doesn’t shine or if doesn’t have a similar consistency to a pudding/cake.

At my house this is the kind of dessert that only lasts for a couple of hours. I hope you enjoy it that much too.

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