Me too as if have become a part of the celebration. I love studying different cultures..... observing their rituals, their traditions. I see them completely cleaning the house and decorating them. For them, it is the time for family reunion. People normally visit relatives and friends, watch traditional Chinese shows, of which Lion Dance I enjoy the most. They launch fireworks too, which is a beautiful thing to watch. The celebration sometimes highlight a religious ceremony given in honour of heaven, earth, the family ancestors and other Gods.
Tangerines and Oranges are one of these auspicious Chinese New Year symbols. Tangerines in Chinese sounds similar to the word 'luck' and Orange sounds for the Chinese word for 'wealth'. So the Chinese associate the gift of Orange and Tangerine as having an abundance of happiness and prosperity. Gifting and buying them is perhaps an auspicious mean to bring in good luck and wealth.
Hence, I thought of posting a recipe today where oranges are used, my humble way to wish Chinese New Year to all. I prepared a simple orange sponge cake, a light fluffy eggless cake to be had with your favourite tea, may be on the very first day of the Chinese New Year.
All Purpose flour : 11/4 cup
Baking Powder : 1tsp
Baking Soda : 1/2 tsp
Oil / Butter : 1/2 cup[ I used oil] + 2drops for greasing take tin
Condensed Milk : 150 ml
Orange Zest : 1tsp
Orange Juice : 1/2 cup
Vinegar : 1tsp
Vanilla Extract /Essence : 1tsp
Sugar[powdered] : 1 tsp
Preheat oven to 180 deg C. Take the flour in a big bowl. Add the baking powder and baking soda. Mix well and then sieve.
Take oil and condensed milk in a separate bowl and beat well. Add the vinegar and orange juice and mix well.
Dig a well in the middle of the flour mix. Add a little of the liquid mix at a time and beat well. At the end add the orange zest and mix well. You can see bubbles forming at the top. Your mix is ready to be baked. It will look like the picture below.
Grease a cake tin with 2 drops of oil and dust with flour. Pour the cake mixture. If you are doing in aluminium foil containers, not need of greasing. Bake at 180 deg C for 35-40 minutes. Insert a knife at the middle to check whether done or not. If done it will come out clean.
Cool and carefully take out.
Enjoy with your favourite tea!!