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Portuguese Orange Cakes - Bolinhos de Laranja

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 14 minutes
Total Time 24 minutes
Servings 24 cakes

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups All purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup orange zest rind of two oranges
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup unsalted butter melted
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • sanding sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Grease 2 muffin pans.
  2. In a bowl combine flour, baking powder, salt and orange zest.
  3. In a separate bowl combine eggs and sugar and beat with an electric mixer for 3 minutes or until the eggs are pale yellow and fall in ribbons. Stir in orange juice, butter and vanilla until well combined.
  4. Stir in the dry ingredients until just combined. The mixture will froth a little. Pour the batter into the muffin cups filling them 3/4 of the way up.
  5. Stir in the dry ingredients until just combined. The mixture will froth a little. Pour the batter into the muffin cups filling them 3/4 of the way up. Bake for 13-14 minutes or until the edges start to brown. Sprinkle the top of each cake with some sanding sugar and return pans to the oven. Turn the oven off and leave them in there for 2 minutes. Sanding sugar is a coarser sugar. Its crystals are larger and will give your cakes a nice crunch.
  6. Allow the pans to cool 5 minutes then run a knife around the edge of each cake and gently unmold. Let the cakes cool completely.