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Posna Torta (Vegan Orange Cake)



Ingredients 
  • 3 oranges
  • 3 tbsp chia seeds
  • 9 tbsp water 
  • 1 cup caster sugar
  • 3 cups almond meal
  • 1 tsp baking powder

Orange Syrup 
  • 1 orange
  • 3/4 cup caster sugar

Instructions
  1. Place 3 oranges in a saucepan full of cold water and bring to the boil over medium heat
  2. Boil for 20 minutes then drain saucepan and refill with cold water to reduce bitterness of the orange peels
  3. Boil for another 20 minutes or until oranges are tender, then drain
  4. Chop oranges, removing any seeds, then place in food processor until smooth
  5. Preheat oven to 180°C
  6. Soak chia seeds in water for 15 minutes (this is a great egg substitute)
  7. Brush the sides of a round 22cm springform pan with melted Nuttelex butter to lightly grease. Line base with non-stick baking paper
  8. Add sugar and chia seeds to the smooth orange mixture and combine well
  9. Add almond meal and baking powder and gently fold in until combined
  10. Pour cake mixture into the pan and smooth top of cake with spatula
  11. Bake for 50 mins or until brown. Allow to cool
  12. To make the orange syrup, juice an orange and pour juice into a saucepan with sugar
  13. Place over low heat and stir continuously for 3 minutes or until the sugar dissolves and the syrup thickens (if syrup thickens too much, you can use this as a glaze)
  14. Turn cake onto a serving plate and poke some holes in the centre of the cake before pouring syrup over the top
  15. Decorate with shredded coconut

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