Hi everyone! I am poking my head out from under the mountain of assignments that are crushing my social and blogging life to bring you a continuation of my trip to Mudgee. This one promises to be a goodie...Why? Because we have ducks.
The mere sight of these creatures makes my heart sing. To me, they are hilarious to watch and I wish could have taken one of them home with me.
I like to imagine them wearing tiny cowboy hats.
In my opinion these ducks need names. Creatures that could potentially wear a tiny cowboy hats definitely need to have names. I need to set aside my assignments and do some brainstorming on this.
There is a crow that hangs out in the surrounding trees (where the ducks live) waiting for an opportunity to nab a tasty egg – his name is Fortunato.
So, if the ducks arch-nemesis has a name, I think the ducks definitely need to have one too - that’s my two cents.
On the day that I was there, Fortunato must have been otherwise tied up with some other dastardly deed, because there were eggs for days!
Eggs for days and a tree full of oranges lead to excellent cake for morning tea.
So, as I mentioned in my previous post, my cousin Ed did the baking, and the following list is what I can lay claim to in regards to this cake:
- I picked the orange;
- I held a couple of the eggs;
- I may have opened the oven;
- I took photos;
- I chatted about everything and nothing – as you have probably gathered by merely reading this blog.
Ed’s little niece (my 2nd cousin) was also present to provide entertainment (in the form of dancing and climbing in a colourful fairy dress) and to lick clean the spatula.
For those of you playing at home, this cake can seriously be a solo project. Check out the recipe below – you throw a whole orange into a food processor, whizz it up, add some other ingredients, bake it, make a glaze - done.
A simple recipe with excellent ingredients makes for a delightful morning tea in the country.
Now, duck names. Please discuss.Whole Orange and Duck Egg Cake
Margaret says of this cake: “ This old faithful is suitable for paddock lunches as well as Bridge ladies gatherings…”
- 1 Whole Orange – skin and all - try and find an orange with a thin skin - like a navel as they have less bitter pith.
- 180g melted butter
- 2 duck eggs – or 3 chicken eggs
- 1 cup castor sugar
- 1.5 cups self – raising flour
Preheat the oven to 180C
Grease and flour a bundt or ring cake tin. Chop up the orange into quarters - leave the skin on!
Process the orange until completely pureed. Don’t be scared – it’ll happen! Add the rest of the ingredients and whizz until well mixed. Spoon the mix into your cake tin and back for around 40 – 45 minutes.
Mixed 1 tablespoon of melted butter with some orange juice and zest until the icing is thin enough to spoon over the cooled cake but not so thin that it just slides down the cake and pools on the plate. Start with a small amount of OJ and adjust until you have the right consistency.
Serve with tea or coffee.