Orange Chocolate Rapture

The inspiration for this creation came from Edna Stabler's date and orange muffins recipe. It's now a life-enhancing bundt cake worth every calorie and an old standby to complete many a happy occasion. This cake is a favourite because the ingredients are easily found in your pantry and it takes less than 10 minutes to assemble!

1 whole orange
1/2 cup orange juice- tastes better if you squeeze another orange for this
1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips or 1 cup if you like- my preference is Hershey's semi sweet Chipits
1 egg
1/2 cup butter
1 1/2 cups spelt flour, or other flour on hand
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
2/3 cups raw sugar
1 tsp salt- only if you use unsalted butter

Cut the whole orange into pieces, remove seeds. Drop pieces in a blender or food processor with the 1/2 orange juice and whirl till the peel is finely chopped. Add eggs, and butter, give a short whirl. Into a bowl sift flour, baking soda and powder, sugar and salt. Pour orange mixture over the dry ingredients, stir lightly, only enough to moisten. Just before that's done, add your chocolate chips. Butter a bundt pan and pour the batter in. Bake at 400 degrees F for about 15-20 minutes depending on how big your orange was. This also works as a muffin recipe. Bake in muffin tin for 15 minutes. These freeze well.

Optional frosting for the cake:
Melt 1/2 - 1 cup chocolate chips over low heat with 1/8 - 1/4 cup butter, till it's a nice smooth texture.

Let cake cool. Turn upside down on a plate. Pour chocolate over the cake and let it drip down the sides, or help it along with a spatula- depends on how lavish you were with the butter. Put in the fridge for an hour to set. Serve at room temperature. Smells as good as it tastes. Arrange nasturtiums and violets in the middle, or half orange slices around the edge when serving if you really want to impress. A sure win for easy entertaining.

This recipe and 120 other delicious dishes can be found in Louise Racine's Thirteen Moons Cookbook. Click here to order yours! $29.95 plus shipping and GST.

Or, if you live in Toronto, you can pick one up from Laila. Call 416. 696. 0086.

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