Thursday, January 26, 2012

Juicy Fruit for January

For a very brief time at the beginning of each year, honeybells come into season.  When January leaves, so do the honeybells.




You can recognize them from ordinary navel oranges by the little top knot which gives them a 'bell' shape.  They are almost always seedless, super sweet and full of juice.




I have ordered these juicy oranges from Cushner's and QVC in the past, but this year I found them in Whole Foods.  




Since it was a dull, dreary rainy day here, and a friend is coming to help me set up my new wireless printer that Santa dropped off, I got the urge to bake.  The cake is an adaptation of a Greek recipe for ravani, made with semolina and soaked with a lemon infused simple syrup.  I decided to use the honeybell juice for the lemon.


semolina flour soft pale yellow and very powdery
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Grease an 8 x 8 inch square pan.  Prepare the syrup by mixing together 2 cups water, 1 cup plus 2 T. sugar and the juice of 1 lemon or 1 orange.  Bring to a boil and let simmer for a few minutes.  Take off heat and set aside.


Using a hand mixer, mix 1/2 cup of sugar, 4 eggs, 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1 teaspoon vanilla mix until combined.




In another bowl, mix 1/2 cup semolina, 2/3 cup all-purpose flour and 1 tablespoon baking powder.  Add to wet ingredients and combine.  






Pour into greased pan and bake for 25 minutes, or test with toothpick (mine took 20 min).






Immediately after you take it out of the oven, cut into 9 squares, and evenly pour the syrup over the hot cake, letting it absorb the syrup a little at a time before adding more.




This is such a light fluffy cake, great with a cup of tea.  


Joining Jenny Matlock for Alphabe-Thursday's Letter J, Designs by Gollum for Foodie Friday, Honey at 2805 for Potpourri Friday, and The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sundays.  Please stop by and say hi to our hostesses.  


xo





59 comments:

  1. Girl, that sounds wonderfull and I bet the honeybells made it even better!! I'm stealing this one. Thanks

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  2. Oh Barbara, this looks delicious!! I love anything with lemon or orange in it. That slice of cake looks so light and moist -- Yummm.

    Thanks for sharing and have a great day!

    XO,
    Denise

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  3. O M Gee I am going to make this for my son and daughter in love when I go visit them and my new grandbebe!
    Luscious!

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  4. That cake looks incredibly light and fluffy!

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  5. Now, I can't put off that baking as I planned! What a yummy treat!

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  6. I make a cake simular but instead of the syrup, I use rum. Richard from My Old Historic House.

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  7. Love oranges and this recipe look amazing!!love this cake!

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  8. Sounds wonderful as I love orange anything!!
    Have a Great Day!
    Marilyn

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  9. This sounds like a great cake Barbara! While I like icing, I've always been drawn to coffee type cakes:@)

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  10. Oh my goodness, that sounds delicious!
    Lisa

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  11. This looks and sounds sensational! I have a bunch of clementine oranges, I'm going to try this recipe! Can't Wait!

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  12. This sounds very good. It would go well with a hot cup of tea! Pat

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  13. I am most definitely going to put this in my file of recipes to try. Since this is my "yellow" year, I will try it with the lemons first.

    It really looks delicious!

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  15. Yum yum!! Count me in for cake and tea, please! I'd never heart of juicy fruit before ... and only in January, huh? Fascinating!! :)

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  16. Thank you for sharing your wonderful recipe at Potpourri Friday!

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  17. Mmm that cake looks like my kind of cake! Thanks for visiting Pondside today - lovely to see your comment there. The Great Dane is a pet, of sorts - it's my Danish husband. He loved your comment and it made him smile!

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  18. I've never known that much about different kinds of oranges and these sound delicious as does the cake (yum). Thank you for sharing these two treats!

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  19. sweeet! I love tangelos...not familiar with honey bells. And that cake...looks scrumptious!!

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  20. Ooh that sounds absolutely divine!

    Blessings, Debbie

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  21. Dearest Barbara,
    Wow, sounds like my type of cake♡♡♡
    I checked the "honeybell" and found it is another name of "tangelo". We have a kind of citrus called "ponkan" which really look alike with it. I wonder if the taste would be the same as well. Super Sweet♬♬♬ My mom loved sour citrus more and I don't.
    Oh, I wish Santa to come for me this year, haha. I hope you and your friend enjoyed the cake♬♬♬

    Love you always, xoxo Miyako*

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  22. Now you have me headed to whole foods! I was just talking about how bad the Florida oranges are. Yuck !so dry and tasteless. I might just give that recipe a try today too.

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  23. Hello Barbara:
    This cake would be perfect for afternoon tea! In our baking days we used to make Lemon Drizzle Cake and this looks like a delicious version of it. We have never heard of, seen or tasted a Honeybell orange, but we shall keep our eyes peeled for them from now on.

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  24. I never pay attention to the varieties of oranges, but next time at my grocery store, I will take a closer look.
    The cake sounds and looks delicious!

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  25. This sounds so delicious, Barbara! I love navel oranges and usually buy a crate of them at Costco when they look good.

    Thanks you for your kind words...they were very appreciated!

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  26. Baking is not my thing, but I adore Honeybells. If someone could please bake this for me, I know I would be in HEAVEN!!!

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  27. Those are my favorite oranges! One of our Docs used to bring in a crate of them for us...geez I miss that! Your cake looks so good. I'm Greek and my Mom used to make a delish honey cake that reminds me of yours. I'll have to try this!

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  28. Hi Barbara! Oh, that dessert sounds yummy! I've never heard of these kinds of oranges before but I'll be on the lookout. But you say their time is almost up!? Hope you have a lovely weekend and thanks for popping in to see me.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  29. I made something very similar today! So delicious. I'm not sure if I've ever seen a Honey Ball orange before. I will look for them!

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  30. Oh my, that sounds absolutely scrumptious! I'll be looking for Honey Ball oranges too! I'm your newest follower, thank you so much for dropping in the see me the other day!

    Nancy

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  31. Yum, yum, yum -- never heard of these before. I made a citrus cake this week also. Joni

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  32. I just received a box of these this week from my relatives in Florida! The MOST AMAZING ORANGES - so juicy and sweet. This cake looks fantastic and I have half a box left!

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  33. This looks SO incredibly delicious - perfect with a cup of tea indeed! I've just found your blog and so glad I did - I'm signing up to follow :)
    Mary

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  34. I am having such a hard time finding good juicy oranges this year. I am going to check out for these this afternoon; will let you know. This my kind of cake; great photos Barbara.
    Rita

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  35. Yum, Barbara this sounds delish!

    Thank you so very much for the wonderful necklace. I received it yesterday and it is simply gorgeous. Love it! :)

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  36. Like one of your other readers stated, I am going to try this with clementines! Sounds wonderful!

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  37. What a neat idea. You make me want to run out and get some Honeybells. Thanks for bringing your post to Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

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  38. Let's see, it's now Monday -- any chance of leftovers?? I can be right over...
    xo Cathy

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  39. I don't think I've ever seen that variety of oranges in the store. It looks so sweet and juicy and I know we would enjoy it. Your orange cake looks delicious. Bookmarked!

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  40. Yes, our sweet little Llyod is almost 12 years old next month. He is starting to show his birdie age with thin feathers and wrinkles. He's my baby that we hand fed from the pet store.

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  41. Hello.
    I first tasted Honeybells last year when my wife got a box from QVC. They are indeed sweet & juicy.
    This cake looks & sounds so light & refreshing. Think I'm going to have to "borrow" the recipe for my wife.
    Thanks for sharing.

    The Jewels In You

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  42. Mmmm...my dad always sends me a box of Honeybells from Florida. I still have a few in the frig. They are so good and so messy to eat! This cake sounds perfect for a snack with coffee or tea...thank you!

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  43. Honeybells are the best, and I bet your cake is delicious. I love anything citrus, and I'm going to try your recipe soon.

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  44. That sounds awesome! I like a light cake and with a fruit syrup...YUM!! XO, Pinky

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  45. Barbara, your cake looks yummy! Oranges or lemons both sound great for the cake. Thanks for stopping by and following, we are now following you. Looking forward to getting to know you this year, Laura

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  46. The cake sounds delish, Barbara. The orange looks good too.

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  47. Well, this fruit sounds wonderful! I'll have to keep an eye out for it - the cake looks marvelous! Inspired! Hope you have a great week,
    Kathy

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  48. Hi lovely lady.
    This looks so Yummy!!
    I will be right over for some.I would like to thank you so much for your sweet comments on my tablescape for Valentine's Day. I hope you have a wonderful week with your family sweet lady.
    XXOO Diane

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  49. I may put my diet on hold this week so I can bake and eat this delicious cake! lol

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  50. I've never seen a honeybell. I'll have to keep an eye out.
    The cake sounds really delicious, and perfect for afternoon tea.

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  51. Delish!!!! My mouth was watering just looking at it!

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  52. Barbara that looks really good, and easy enough for me to make, lol!! I am trying to lose that Christmas weight, so no sweets for me, but I do have to feed the children! Thanks so much for stopping by:-) You are always so sweet and so thoughtful, and I look forward to hearing from you.

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  53. Thank You so much for stopping by and leaving me a sweet comment....it's been rough trying to get back into the every day routine and put blog posts together but I'm getting there! :)

    Your recipe sounds wonderful and seems very simple to do, I will have to try this sometime.

    Have a very blessed evening...
    Aledia~

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  54. He descubierto tu blog y me ha encantado su contenido. Desde hoy lo sigo, si lo deseas te invito a conocer mi blog y si es de tu agrado, me gustaría tenerte como seguidora en mi blog para seguir en contacto. Un saludo muy cordial.
    Manoli.

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  55. Yum! I have one with lemon cake that you poke and spread a lemony icing all over it so it soaks in! This sounds great!

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  56. Oh yum! What a juicily delicious link to the letter "J". I make a cake very similar to this but it has ground walnuts in it and it is really scrumptious.

    I've always mixed half lemon and half orange in the soaking liquid even though it just calls for lemon! I think our neighbors tree has these oranges on it. They look exactly like that and are incredibly sweet.

    Thanks for a delicious link!

    I bet your friend is hoping you get more electronics to install soon!

    Thanks for linking up.

    A+

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  57. Yum, did you save me some!
    Thought of you with Alma Wed at CTS. We had fun!

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