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Zaytoun Palestinian Recipes: Almond & Citrus Olive Oil Cake

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Almonds, Citrus and Olive Oil….it’s Palestine in a cake. Olive oil, citrus and almonds are familiar ingredients in many delicious savoury Palestinian dishes. We are delighted to find that they are also flavours that lend themselves beautifully to baking.



  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/365F/Gas 4.
  2. Grease and flour a 9-inch (23 cm) round cake tin.
  3. In a bowl, mix together the flour, ground almonds, baking powder and salt.
  4. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs, caster sugar and olive oil. When thoroughly mixed add the vanilla extract, orange zest and finally the orange juice.
  5. Add the dry ingredients to the bowl and beat until they are thoroughly combined.
  6. Pour the cake mixture into the cake tin and sprinkle the flaked almonds over the top. Bake for 35 to 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean.
  7. Remove the cake onto a wire rack and let it cool completely. Dust with icing sugar before serving.

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