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Tangerine Semolina Cake


If you are anything like me you have kids that devour certain fruits one day and can't stand them the next.. what is that all about?! I don't dwell to long on it as would turn me nuts but it does mean I am often looking for lunchbox idea that can use up the sudden excess fruit..

This week it was... TANGERINES..


I often manage to find a recipe but it has nuts in it and a sugar content that seems a little excessive so I have learnt to adapt.. for nut free and semolina is my friend.

If the nuts in the recipe are there for flavour you can just leave them out, if they are there for texture swap for cornflakes or rice bubbles to match the crunch. It is only when they are ground and being used as an oily element to keep something moist that you could have issues.

Sugar wise I often just use less than the recipe and swap a portion for rice malt syrup instead.

Anywho, cut to the chase.. I found and Orange and Almond Cake and made it into a Tangerine Semolina Cake.


What do you need?

3 large Tangerines (do not peel)
4 large eggs
160 grams sugar (I did 120g and a tablespoon or rice malt syrup)
200 grams semolina (if you don't need nut free you can use 200g ground almonds)
1 teaspoon baking powder (gluten free)

How do you do it?

Pre-heat oven to 180´.
Place your tangerines in a microwave safe bowl with some water and cook for 4 mins, leave to cool and remove pips.
Put mandarins in food processor and blend until smooth (in Thermomix it was 20 seconds on around 8/9)
Put the 4 eggs and sugar into a bowl and whisk until well mixed (in Thermomix I added the butterfly did around 50 secs on speed 4)
Add the mandarine puree, the semolina and the baking powder. Mix until combined well.
Pour into a greased and lined 20cm cake tin, bake for 1 hour or until a cake skewer comes out clean.

The cake is not big and fluffy as semolina is dense but the citrusy taste is awesome, the house smells delicious and the kids loved it.. #forthewin

Do you adapt recipes much?
Any major fails I should be aware of before I make them too?! 

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