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Burnt-Orange Meringue Cake















Trans-fat Free, Low Sodium


Almond meringue layers
1 ¾ cups almonds
¾ cup sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 cup egg whites
1 pinch salt
½ cup sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
½ teaspoon almond extract
½ cup almonds
for finishing
Caramelorange filling
¾ cup sugar
½ teaspoon lemon juice
1 cup milk
4 each egg yolks
2 tablespoons orange zest
1 ½ cups butter, unsalted
Glazed orange slices
½ cup orange juice
1 each gelatin, unflavored
cup apricot preserves (jam)
2 large oranges


Preheat oven to 350℉ (180℃).

For the meringue layers, pulse the almonds in the food processor until coarsely ground.

Place them on a baking pan and toast for about 15 minutes, stirring frequently, until golden.

Cool and combine with the sugar and cornstarch. Reduce oven to 300 F. Whip the egg whites on medium speed with the salt until white and opaque. Increase speed to maximum and whip in remaining sugar.

Continue whipping until egg whites hold a firm peak. Fold in extracts and toasted almond mixture. Pipe batter on paper-lined pans with a pastry bag fitted with a ½-inch plain tube to make three 10-inch disks.

Bake at 300F about 30 minutes, until crisp but not completely dry. Cool layers on pans.

For the filling:

Place the sugar and lemon juice in a saucepan and stir well to combine. Place on medium heat and stir occasionally until the sugar melts and caramelizes.

Add the milk carefully (the caramel will splatter) and return to a boil, stirring to dissolve any hardened caramel. Whisk yolks in a bowl with orange zest and whisk half the boiling milk into them.

Return remaining milk to a boil and whisk in yolk mixture, continuing to whisk until thickened. Strain into a bowl and cool. Beat butter with paddle on medium speed until soft and light. Beat in custard cream and beat filling smooth.

For the glazed oranges:

Combine the orange juice and gelatin in a bowl. Bring the apricot preserves to a boil over low heat, stirring occasionally. Add the orange mixture and return to a boil, reducing slightly. Strain and cool slightly.

Halve and slice oranges thinly. Dip orange slices in glaze and place on a pan lined with plastic wrap to set. To assemble, trim layers to an even 10-inch diameter and place one on a cardboard. Spread with ¼ of the filling. Repeat with another layer and another ¼ of the filling.

Top with last layer and mask cake with another ¼ of the filling. Use the remaining filling to make a border of rosettes on the edge of the cake and a circle of rosettes in the center.

Press the sliced almonds against the side of the cake and fill in the center circle with them.

Arrange orange slices on the rosettes.


* not incl. in nutrient facts

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 423g (14.9 oz)
Amount per Serving
Calories 113056% of calories from fat
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 71g 109%
Saturated Fat 45g 223%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 188mg 63%
Sodium 136mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 40g 40%
Dietary Fiber 2g 9%
Sugars g
Protein 20g
Vitamin A 49% Vitamin C 81%
Calcium 14% Iron 1%
* based on a 2,000 calorie diet How is this calculated?


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