#BUNDT BAKERS ORANGE CRUNCH BUNDT CAKE

This recipe gives you a delicate and tasty orange flavor without tasting too sweet, or a “fake” orange flavor. I have to say that even if it is my own adapted Bundt, I cannot sing enough praises for it.

#BundtBakers is a group of Bundt loving bakers who get together once a month to bake Bundts with a common ingredient or theme. You can see all our of lovely Bundts by following our Pinterest board. We take turns hosting each month and choosing the theme/ingredient.

Updated links for all of our past events and more information about BundtBakers, can be found on our ohref=”http://www.foodlustpeoplelove.com/p/bundtbakers.html”>home page.

It is important to thank the people who help these monthly events come together.  Probably, first and foremost is Stacey Livingston Rushton who orchestrates #BundBakers each month with the assistance of Renee Dobson and Wendy Klik; and to all the fine bakers who volunteer to host the event that changes every month.  This month, we have Felice Geoghegan of All That’s Left Are The Crumbs, who  prepared and updated  our list of bakers and their offerings; and the ever important job of choosing the theme or main ingredient.  This month, our talents have the theme of “Orange” to work with.  Sounds easy, right? Think again, it really gives us incredible choices ~ I mean, wide open.  So please check out all the bakers’  submissions to see the wide array of bunts prepared.  Im often amazed at what these bakers come up with.  Recipes that are so creative, it boggles the mind!

I, personally, also need to thank Gretchen of Gretchen’s Bakery for this beautiful, orange Bundt.  I was able to adapt it to my needs and abilities.

#BUNDT BAKERS ORANGE CRUNCH BUNDT CAKE
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A very delicate flavored orange Bundt cake that is easy to come together, but looks and tastes like you’ve been in the kitchen for hours to achieve a satisfying cake that is not too sweet and the orange enhancement is light and delicious
Servings Prep Time
10 Servings 45 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
45 ~ 50 Minutes 10 Minutes + completely cooled
Servings Prep Time
10 Servings 45 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
45 ~ 50 Minutes 10 Minutes + completely cooled
#BUNDT BAKERS ORANGE CRUNCH BUNDT CAKE
Print Recipe
A very delicate flavored orange Bundt cake that is easy to come together, but looks and tastes like you’ve been in the kitchen for hours to achieve a satisfying cake that is not too sweet and the orange enhancement is light and delicious
Servings Prep Time
10 Servings 45 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
45 ~ 50 Minutes 10 Minutes + completely cooled
Servings Prep Time
10 Servings 45 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
45 ~ 50 Minutes 10 Minutes + completely cooled
Ingredients
Servings: Servings
Instructions
The Bundt Cake
  1. Preheat oven to 350º F and prepare a 6 cup Bundt pan with cake release. Set aside.
  2. Cream the room temperature unsalted butter with the caster sugar until light and fluffy; about 5 minutes.
  3. Sift both flours together with the salt and baking powder.
  4. Combine eggs and extracts {Or Grand Marnier in lieu of Orange Extract) together.
  5. Slowly add the egg mixture while mixing on low to medium speed, scraping the bottom and sides of the bowl until well~incorporated
  6. Add 1/3 of the sifted flour mixture and mix just to incorporate.
  7. Combine the buttermilk with the freshly squeezed orange juice and zest and then add 1/2 of this liquid mixture to the creamed mixture.
  8. Remember to scrape down the bottom and sides of the bowl and then add 1/3 addition of the sifted flour.
  9. Add the remaining buttermilk and juice mixture then the last of the flour, mixing just until combined after each addition.
  10. Pour into the prepared Bundt pan. Tap the pan on the counter a couple of times to help the batter settle in to the nooks and crannies, and let any air bubbles out.
  11. Bake for about 45 ~ 50 minutes or until it is done. It will be springy to the touch when gently pressed in the center or when a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with a few moist crumbs. You can always use a Bundt cake thermometer to check for doneness as well.
  12. Cool slightly, about 10 minutes then turn out onto a cooling rack to cool completely.
Assembly
  1. In a small saucepan, heat the orange marmalade on low heat until melted. I used the microwave, in 10 second bursts, stirring frequently. This would be a dandy time to add in a little more Grand Marnier, no more than a teaspoon, if it suits you. The next time I make this cake, and I promise I will definitely make it again, I will add a little more Grand Marnier just to further enhance the flavor and make the marmalade a little easier to brush on. Finally, brush the melted orange marmalde mixture over the completely cooled cake and press the crushed wafer cookies into the entire outside of the cake. Enjoy. Tasty and scrumptious.
  2. Crushing the cookies and melting the marmalade are both very simple to accomplish. However, this cake does not come across as simple on your serving plate or palate.
  3. As an aside, I purchased my orange wafers online and honestly, they were a bit pricey. For cakemasters, I’m sure you would be able to find them in the cookie aisle of your favorite market.
Recipe Notes

This recipe makes a somewhat small cake (6 cup Bundt cake pan is used).  It comes together quickly and easily and I must admit, even the batter was tasty.  For some reason, we are all receiving instruction these days regarding test tasting batters that contain eggs.  I’ve grown up enjoying batters for cakes or cookies with no symptoms or any negative reaction.  If I can make it this far, I’m simply not worried about it at all.

Again, this cake is quite simple to make and offers a very nice, light orange flavor.

I used my tried and true homemade cake release and the cake literally fell right out of the pan.  The recipe and instruction can be found elsewhere on my blog.  This “stuff” is absolutely wonderful.  If you haven’t tried it yet, you’re in for a nice surprise.  The recipe is not a secret, you can find it in many, many food blogs.  Please do try it.  You have nothing to lose and cakes practically jump out of the pans.  It works great in the intricate designs found on the many Bundt cake pans that sport the designs, or your basic round pans.  The interesting designs in many Bundt cake pans add a lot of interest to the cakes being baked.  This cake release works wonders.

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#ISW SCONE WEEK 2017 CLASSIC SNICKERS SCONES

Once again I found time to work with my favorite media, scones! For me, baking can be a very creative outlet . Above all other recipes, scones are my most adored. They come together easily and the final result is always delicious; scone recipes are quite varied from savory to cream scones to sweet scones. I especially love how scone recipes can be slightly altered, yet produce something all together unique.

This recipe is for a very dear friend’s {EXTREMELY BELATED} Birthday gift.  It is a special request scone and I know she and her Mom will really enjoy them.  I’m no longer able to jump in the car and go to Michael’s to pick up a nice presentation box and lace doily to help your scones look  more festive.   These scones barely made it out of the oven before Mr. B was asking for a sample.  While I made them specifically for my friend, I’m sure she won’t miss one or two.  I had to fight him off long enough so I could make the milk chocolate ganache.   The milk chocolate added another flavor layer to these already delicious scones.

#ISW 2017 CLASSIC SNICKERS SCONES
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These are light, tender and fabulous. They looked quite lovely in the presentation box. They came together quickly and although grating frozen butter was a bit of a nuisance, it made a world of difference. I think I'll continue using this technique for all my future scones. I'm going to try to use my food processor to grate the butter. A bit more to clean up after but it would certainly streamline preparing the scones for the oven. The glaze is so tasty I was tempted to eat it right out of the bowl. I highly recommend giving these a try, they are well worth the small effort they require.
Servings Prep Time
20 Mini Scones 20 Minutes {approximately}
Cook Time Passive Time
20 Minutes 40 really long Minutes
Servings Prep Time
20 Mini Scones 20 Minutes {approximately}
Cook Time Passive Time
20 Minutes 40 really long Minutes
#ISW 2017 CLASSIC SNICKERS SCONES
Print Recipe
These are light, tender and fabulous. They looked quite lovely in the presentation box. They came together quickly and although grating frozen butter was a bit of a nuisance, it made a world of difference. I think I'll continue using this technique for all my future scones. I'm going to try to use my food processor to grate the butter. A bit more to clean up after but it would certainly streamline preparing the scones for the oven. The glaze is so tasty I was tempted to eat it right out of the bowl. I highly recommend giving these a try, they are well worth the small effort they require.
Servings Prep Time
20 Mini Scones 20 Minutes {approximately}
Cook Time Passive Time
20 Minutes 40 really long Minutes
Servings Prep Time
20 Mini Scones 20 Minutes {approximately}
Cook Time Passive Time
20 Minutes 40 really long Minutes
Ingredients
Classic Snickers Scones
Milk Chocolate Glaze
  • 4 Ounces Milk chocolate Chopped
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Shortening I used solid coconut oil.
  • snickers Finely chopped for decoration and just an excuse to add more candy bar
Servings: Mini Scones
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 450º F and line a cookie sheet with parchment or use a silpat mat
  2. Stir together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  3. Grate the frozen butter on the large holes of a box grater. I tried this method last year, and it worked like a dream. Mix the flour and frozen butter with your fingers until well combined and crumbly.
  4. Whisk together the egg, buttermilk and Vanilla Bean Paste. Pour into the flour/butter mixture and stir until, until combined. The dough should look very shaggy.. Fold in the frozen, chopped Snickers.
  5. Place tablespoons of the shaggy dough into a prepared scone pan. Mine is a mini scone pan I'm particularly fond of.
  6. If any Snickers are poking out of the dough, poke them back in to avoid the caramel oozing and burning while baking.
  7. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until golden. After 10 minutes, switch the scone pan around so the front becomes the back. Remove from baking sheet or pan and allow to cool on a wire cooling rack.
  8. While the scones are cooling, make the glaze. Melt the chopped milk chocolate and coconut oil (solid) in the microwave on 50% power for 30 second intervals. Stir after each interval, until melted. Drizzle lavishly delicious glaze over baked scones. Sprinkle finely chopped, frozen, Snickers over the milk chocolate glaze. [sheer perfection}. Even though they are a gift, I'm going to snatch a couple for my evening tea. Can't wait.
Recipe Notes

I have  always been a fan of Snickers candy bars but when they started producing  them with different nuts, I just about lost it.  My personal choice is still Almond Snickers but I'm crazy about this candy bar in any flavor.  There is no better way to enjoy them when baked into a light, flakey scone..  They are after all "a bit of Heaven in your hand" (to quote a very bright gal, me).  This recipe gave me 20 mini scones plus an additional four on a baking sheet.  They are so rich and delectable that a mini scone is just right to satisfy, but, two are just that much tastier.🐝💜

A scone is a single-serving quick bread/cake, usually made of wheat, barley or oatmeal with baking powder as a leavening agent and baked on sheet pans. A scone is often lightly sweetened and occasionally glazed with egg wash.  The scone is a basic component of the cream tea or Devonshire tea. It differs from teacakes and other sweet buns that are made with yeast.

The pronunciation of the word within the English-speaking world varies. According to one academic study, two-thirds of the British population pronounce it /ˈskɒn/ (rhymes with gone) with the preference rising to 99% in the Scottish population.  This is also the pronunciation in Ulster, as well as among Australians and Canadians. Others, including natives of the Republic of Ireland and the United States, pronounce the word as /ˈskoʊn/ (rhymes with tone).  British dictionaries usually show the /ˈskɒn/ form as the preferred pronunciation, while recognising the /ˈskoʊn/ form.

The Oxford Dictionaries explain that there are also regional and class differences in England connected with the different pronunciations:

There are two possible pronunciations of the word scone: the first rhymes with gone and the second rhymes with tone. In US English, the pronunciation rhyming with tone is more common. In British English, the two pronunciations traditionally have different regional and class associations, with the first pronunciation associated with the north of England, while the second is associated with the south.

The difference in pronunciation is alluded to in a poem:

I asked the maid in dulcet tone
To order me a buttered scone;
The silly girl has been and gone
And ordered me a buttered scone.

The Oxford English Dictionary reports that the first mention of the word was in 1513. Origin of the word scone is obscure and may, in fact, derive from different sources. That is, the classic Scottish scone which, according to Sheila MacNiven Cameron in The Highlander's Cookbook, originated as a bannock cut into pieces; and the Dutch schoonbrood or "spoonbread" (very similar to the drop scone); and possibly other, similar and similarly named quick breads, may have made their way onto the British tea table, where their similar names merged into one.

Thus, scone may derive from the Middle Dutch schoonbrood (fine white bread), from schoon (pure, clean) and brood (bread),  and/or it may also derive from the Scots Gaelic term sgonn meaning a shapeless mass or large mouthful. The Middle Low German term schöne meaning fine bread may also have played a role in the origination of this word. And if the explanation put forward by Sheila MacNiven Cameron be true, the word may also be based on the town of Scone (/ˈskuːn/) (Scots: Scuin, Scottish Gaelic: Sgàin) in Scotland, the ancient capital of that country – where Scottish monarchs were still crowned, even after the capital was moved to Perth, then to Edinburgh (and on whose Scone Stone the monarchs of the United Kingdom are still crowned today).  I found information on line and looked into, applied and was accepted as a Scone.  So, I am a Scone.

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SOUTHERN PECAN PRALINE SCONES

This recipe makes 10 ~ 12 large or 2 dozen petite scones that will tantalize your tastebuds. In my opinion, there isn’t much out there to equal the delight of a well~made scone. No doubt, these fit the bill to a “T”. Light, flakey, sweet, all I aim for in my scone and it’s all right here.

Savory scones also have a place at the top of my favorite things, as in the first course. But, the “dessert” scone is my preference every time. Morning, noon or night, scones always fit in. Just add tea.

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First and foremost, thanks to Peanut Butter & Julie {clever name} for this fantastic recipe I adapted.  Of course I was drawn in right from the get~go.  The name seems simple; “Southern”, that almost always denotes something delicious.  “Pecan” always equals crunchy and yummy.  “Praline”, that’s got to be great, it’s sweet candy and I love candy in all forms.  And finally, “Scones” ~ ooh scones.  I do not need to know anything else but when are they done?    As an aside, I liked the praline so much I doubled the recipe to add to my upcoming Chocolate Salami.  That’s just a teaser.

I really enjoyed making these, especially since they are the flagship of “Scone Sunday”, my new project.  I can’t very well have a website called The Queen of Scones without living up to certain expectations, which led me directly to Scone Sunday.  The plan is to offer at least one scone recipe each week.  Sometimes sweet, sometimes savory but always a bit of Heaven in your hand.

Once I get more proficient and properly established (a finished website for instance.  Please forgive the “under construction” mode, I’m afraid I’ll be here for awhile).   There’s much more technical computer knowledge needed than I thought, quite a lot more than I have.  I hope to generate enough income to pay for necessary upgrades and a web designer; buts that’s pretty far off in the future I’m afraid.  So for now, I’ll just muddle through and do the best I can.  May I request your patience as I sort things out like why I have Twitter highlighted 3 different times.  I know just one would be sufficient.  Blazingly loud  bugs to sort out.  Hmmmph!

By the way, what do you think of my logo,  Sassy the “Queen Bee”?  I love her, she has enough attitude to make her interesting but cute enough to see her all over my website.  So I say, let’s get to it.

SOUTHERN PECAN PRALINE SCONES
Print Recipe
10 ~ 12 large or 2 dozen petite scones that will tantalize your tastebuds. In my opinion, there isn't much out there to equal the delight of a well~made scone. No doubt, these fit the bill to a "T". Light, flakey, sweet, all I aim for in my scone and it's all right here. Savory scones also have a place at the top of my favorite things, as in the first course. But, the "dessert" scone is my preference every time. Morning, noon or night, scones always fit in. Just add tea.
Servings Prep Time
1~ 2 Dozen 60 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20 ~ 25 Minutes 45 Minutes Cooling time for the pralines
Servings Prep Time
1~ 2 Dozen 60 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20 ~ 25 Minutes 45 Minutes Cooling time for the pralines
SOUTHERN PECAN PRALINE SCONES
Print Recipe
10 ~ 12 large or 2 dozen petite scones that will tantalize your tastebuds. In my opinion, there isn't much out there to equal the delight of a well~made scone. No doubt, these fit the bill to a "T". Light, flakey, sweet, all I aim for in my scone and it's all right here. Savory scones also have a place at the top of my favorite things, as in the first course. But, the "dessert" scone is my preference every time. Morning, noon or night, scones always fit in. Just add tea.
Servings Prep Time
1~ 2 Dozen 60 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20 ~ 25 Minutes 45 Minutes Cooling time for the pralines
Servings Prep Time
1~ 2 Dozen 60 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20 ~ 25 Minutes 45 Minutes Cooling time for the pralines
Ingredients
For the Pralines
For the Scones
Servings: Dozen
Instructions
Pecan Pralines
  1. Prepare the pecan pralines: In a medium saucepan, combine the brown sugar, milk, butter, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly so the sugar dissolves. Add the chopped pecans to the mixture and continue to boil for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Drop the mixture by heaping tablespoonsful onto parchment-lined baking sheets; allow to cool completely. When the pralines have hardened, break into small chunks or roughly chop.
Scones
  1. Preheat the oven to 375F degrees. Place oven racks in the upper and lower third positions of the oven.
  2. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in your food processor. Pulse to combine. Scatter the butter pieces over the flour mixture and pulse several times until the mixture resembles coarse meal. I ended up doing this by hand and I believe it worked better than the stand mixer.
  3. Transfer the mixture to a large bowl and stir in the chopped praline pieces. {we sampled a few just to be sure they were okay}. Add the buttermilk, mixing until just combined. If the scone dough is too dry after adding the buttermilk, then add a few tablespoons more. The dough should be evenly moist, but not overly sticky and wet.
  4. Turn the dough out onto a floured work surface and gently knead a few times to bring the dough together. Be careful not to overwork the dough.
  5. Divide the dough in half and pat it into two rounds, about 1-inch thick. Cut each round into 6 wedges and place the wedges on the prepared baking sheets.
  6. Brush the tops of the scones with the egg wash. Bake the scones for 20-25 minutes, rotating positions halfway through the baking process, until they are golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center emerges clean.
  7. Because the praline pieces can melt a bit while the scones are baking, some of them may seep around the bottom edges. If this area starts to burn, you can either remove it with a knife or a spoon, or you can tent the scones loosely with foil for the remainder of the baking period. I wanted to refrigerate the scones awhile before baking to help eliminate the problem but was rushed as we're celebrating Mr. Bee's Mother's 89th birthday and I wanted to take her one. Fortunately, the melting bits were not an issue. The are LARGE scones. Feel free to cut them in half to yield 2 dozen.
  8. This scones dough can be prepared 1 day in advance and refrigerated, tightly wrapped.
  9. You can also pre-cut the scone shapes and freeze them. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight and bake as directed.
  10. Fully baked scones can also be frozen, tightly wrapped, for up to one week. Thaw at room temperature and reheat. 💜
  11. Side Note: I want to issue a clear warning here, the praline burns ALOT so be cautious. I know cooked sugar is especially hot but from very recent personal experience {that's gonna blister} be very careful dropping the hot pralines onto the parchment.
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