GÂTEAU À LA FLEUR D’ORANGER
1/2 teaspoon flour (1/2 teaspoon more later)
1 teaspoon butter
1/2 teaspoon brown sugar (1/2 cup more later)
1 1/2 cups flour
2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1 cup milk
1 1/4 teaspoons orange flower water
1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
9-inch cake pan
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Sprinkle 1/2 teaspoon of flour along the sides and bottom of cake pan. Do the same with a teaspoon of butter. Sprinkle ½ teaspoon brown sugar over the flour.
Put 1 1/2 cups flour, baking powder, and salt in first mixing bowl. Mix with whisk or fork.
In second mixing bowl, beat 2 eggs, but not so much they lose their dignity. Add sugar and brown sugar. Mix with whisk. Melt 1/2 cup butter. Combine contents of second mixing bowl into first mixing bowl. Add melted butter, milk, and orange flower water. Mix with whisk or electric mixer on “cake” setting. Pour entire contents into cake pan.
Put cake pan in preheated oven and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Allow cake to cool before topping cake with whipping cream.
1) Many American beers are 3% alcohol. A twelve-ounce can contains .36 ounces alcohol.
2) Orange extract, a fair substitute for orange flower water, is 79% alcohol. My two-ounce container contains 1.58 ounces alcohol, the same as nearly 4.4 cans of beer.
3) I’m breaking out the orange-extract. Woo hoo! Party at my place!
4) “Honestly, officer, I only had a one-ounce bottle of orange extract.”
5) The officer rolls his eyes. “Like, I never heard that before.”
6) My Mexican vanilla extract is only 1.9% alcohol. This is why it isn’t as popular at Mexican parties.
8) Consumption of cough syrup soared during the Prohibition Era. Perhaps the alcoholic content of 50% or more contributed to this surge.
9) Why didn’t Al Capone simply open orange-extract tasting centers? People would have gotten their alcohol and Chicago would have been spared a crime wave.
10) But I can’t picture him behind an apron.
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