Orange Jelly Roll - Torta de Laranja
I think one of my favorite Portuguese Desserts is Torta de Laranja. It's an orange flavored Jelly Roll, without any kind of filling because it's soft and moist and just amazingly delicious.
When you see the ingredients for this dessert you'll be surprised because there's nothing gourmet or expensive or weird hidden special item, they're all pantry staples.
One thing to keep in mind, I have been making this dessert for many years and I have yet to have one turn out perfect, I don't know if it's because it's so moist or maybe I'm not the greatest Jelly Roll roller upper LOL OR maybe it's a combination of both. Not that it matters, it is really delicious whatever it may look like.
This is how you make it....
In a medium bowl mix 6 eggs, 2 and 1/2 cups of sugar, zest and juice from one orange and one tablespoon flour. That's it. Mix all very well.
Line a jelly roll pan with parchment paper, pour the mixture into the pan and bake at 400 degrees for about 8 to 10 minutes until the cake is golden and springs back when lightly touched.
Dust a dishtowel with sugar. I'm using one of my favorites, it's actually from Madeira and I just love it, makes me smile everytime I see the two figures dancing having actually seen these dances up close and personal. :)
When cake is done invert pan onto towel, trim off the edges and then roll the cake up. Place in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes.
This cake is best when it's nice and cold. Dig in and enjoy :)