Orange, Almond and Yoghurt Cake with Orange and Date Salad

Pair with Palo Cortado

This cake is great on its own with a cup of coffee or tea. The almond meal makes it quite moist, so although it makes quite a lot, leftovers keep well in an airtight container for up to a week … though it’s so moreish that it’s unlikely they'll be around for that long. The almond and orange flavours in this cake instantly transport me to the south of Spain – and a glass of rich, nutty Apostoles VORS Palo Cortado Sherry from Gonzalez Byass is a pretty ideal accompaniment.


1½ cups 
light muscovado sugar
salted butter, cubed
1 cup 
almond meal
thick natural yoghurt
1 cup 
plain flour
½ cup 
self-raising flour
For dusting,  
icing sugar
For serving, 
crème frâiche
Orange & Date Salad 
oranges, segmented
pitted dates, finely diced
⅓ cup 
slivered almonds


Preheat oven to 170°C.

Place sugar and butter in the bowl of an electric mixer and finely grate the zest of the oranges on top. Beat together until sugar has dissolved.

Meanwhile, juice one orange and set aside ⅓ cup of juice.

Beat eggs into the butter and sugar mixture one at a time. Stir in almond meal, yoghurt and orange juice. Sift combined plain and self-raising flour into the mixture and gently fold it in.

Pour into a greased and lined 22cm x 30cm cake pan and bake for 35-40 minutes, until a wooden skewer comes out clean.

Meanwhile, make Orange & Date Salad: cut orange segments into small pieces, combine with remaining ingredients and set aside.

Remove cake from oven and set aside to cool, lift out of the cake pan, slice into squares, dust with icing sugar and serve with Orange & Date Salad and crème frâiche.

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Pairing Palo Cortado with food

"Meditation wine," ideal to be slowly appreciated, to become totally immersed in the full range of well balanced sensations this exceptional wine has to offer. It may accompany nuts, cured cheeses and, at the table, the more concentrated consommés, stews and gelatinous meats (bull's tail, cheeks...)

Palo Cortado fast facts

Slightly Chilled in a White Wine Glass

Serve it between 12° and 14° C in a white wine glass.

The Most Elegant Sherry

It combines the subtlety of an Amontillado with the roundness of an Oloroso.

Ideal to Drink Glass by Glass

Its composition allows it to be stored in open bottles for months.

Analytic data

  • Alcoholic content between 17 & 22% vol.
  • Sugar < 5 gr. / litre (normally < 1 gr. / litre)
  • Total Acidity (tartaric) 4 - 6 gr. / litre
  • Volatile Acidity (acetic) < 0,8 gr. / litre
  • High in Gylcerine Content 8 - 10 gr. / litre
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