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Orange-Walnut Cake

This dessert makes guests happy in many ways. It's loaded with vitamins B12 (from the yogurt) and C (orange juice), folate (OJ, again), and omega-3 fatty acids (walnuts) -- all nutrients shown to boost your mood.

  • servings: 8

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup olive oil, plus more for pan
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, (spooned and leveled), plus more for pan
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated orange zest, plus more for garnish
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup fresh orange juice
  • Confectioners' sugar, for garnish
  • 1 cup low-fat Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Brush cake pan with oil, line bottom with parchment; oil and flour parchment and pan. Place walnuts in food processor and pulse until finely ground (be careful not to overprocess); set aside.

  2. Step 2

    In a large bowl, whisk together orange zest, flour, baking powder, salt, and ground walnuts. Make a well in the center of flour mixture and stir in eggs, brown sugar, orange juice, and oil until just moistened; do not overmix.

  3. Step 3

    Pour batter into prepared pan and bake until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean, 40 to 45 minutes. Let cool in pan 10 minutes; transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.

  4. Step 4

    In a small bowl, stir together yogurt and confectioners' sugar. Before serving, dust cake with confectioners' sugar. Serve with sweet yogurt garnished with orange zest, if desired.

Source
Body+Soul, 2008

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