I have a pretty cool Dad. He is the one person that will give support whenever it is needed. Moral support, that is. I always admit to him that it is because of his support that I have often succeeded in most things that I attempted to do. All I need is his “OK”, and I’m almost at the finish line holding a trophy.
But, my Dad is also a very funny guy. He tries. Last night he called me and asked to talk to Ana, who is 20 months old. During their conversation (I wish I had taped her trying to tell him that we had cake), he asked her if mommy had prepared dinner.
She responded with, “kay! kay! kay!”. “Do you mean, cake?”. “Your Mama made cake?”. “DA!”. (Macedonian for YES!).
My dad was at the front door in 20 minutes? My mom right behind him. Anything for cake!
My mom though, the not-so-supportive one, as always, found a problem with the cake before she even tasted it. Before she even saw it!
“Tell me is this egg-free or something?!”. “Yes mom, it is…it’s Lent.”. “Oh yeah… then it’s taste-free right?”. “Woman, give it a chance!’.
So she did. Verdict? She loved it. That means a lot coming from someone like her: She is 110 pounds, and always has been, and will not put anything in her mouth that is labeled fat-free, dairy-free, etc… She’s just naturally thin. Lucky her!
If you love coffee, and if you love a cake to accompany that coffee, give this a try. It’s a very sweet and moist cake, with a delicious combination of orange and raisin flavors.
P.S. I made this after the sun went down so I wasn’t able to take pictures while I was making it. I apologize.
Orange Raisin Coffee Cake
You will need:
- 4 cups Flour
- Pinch of salt
- 1 cup Sugar
- 1 Orange, zested
- 1 cup golden raisins
- ¾ cup walnuts, ground
- 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
- 1/2 cup apple juice
- 2 cups orange juice
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
- Light Brown Sugar for the top
- Preheat oven at 375.
- In a large, deep mixing bowl combine the flour, salt, sugar, raisins, walnuts, poppy seeds, and zest.
- In a separate bowl mix together the orange juice and the baking soda, then add it to the flour mixture; mix well.
- Mix in the apple juice and vanilla extract.
- Dust the bottom of 9×13 cake pan with flour, then pour in the batter.
- Sprinkle the top with a handful of light brown sugar.
- Put it in the oven and bake for about 45 minutes to an hour, or when a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
- Let it cool for 20 minutes before cutting.
- Serve with a cup of Joe.