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Armenian Orange Cake

  • 2 cups             Brown sugar

  • 2 cups             Sifted all purpose flour (Sift before measuring)

  • cup              Butter

  • tsp              Salt

  • 2 Tbsp             Grated fresh orange peel

  • Tsp              Allspice

  • 1 Tsp               Baking Soda

  • 1 Cup               Dairy sour cream

  •                     Egg, slightly beaten

  • 1/2 cup            Chopped nuts (pecans, walnuts, cashews, almonds, or graham crumbs for those with allergies)

Combine brown sugar, flour, butter, salt, orange peel and allspice in a medium sized bowl
Blend with a pastry blender or a fork until mixture is crumbly and completely blended.
Grease a 9 square pan (Spring form pan is a good idea if serving at the table) 
Spoon in half the crumb mixture and pack down to form a crust
Stir baking soda in to the sour cream and mix into the remaining crumb along with the egg.
Pour batter over base and sprinkle with chopped nuts.
Bake in 350 oven for 40 to 45 minutes.
Serve topped with orange whipping cream  

Orange whipping cream topping

  •   pint             Whipping cream

  • 2 tbsp              Icing sugar

  • 1 Tsp               Grated orange peel

  • 2 Tbsp             Contreau or Grand Marnier

Whip cream until it forms stiff peaks, then stir in sugar, peel, and liquor and garnish as appropriate.