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National Baking Week

The year 2012 is synonymous with Britishness: The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, first British Wimbledon finalist for 76 years, London Olympics. That’s why this year’s National Baking Week is encouraging Britain to get baking.

The money raised through National Bake Week bake sales will help enable Great Ormond Street Hospital to provide world-class care for its young patients and their families and to fund pioneering new treatments and research for childhood illness.

This cake recipe is full of oranges and contains no fat or flour. This means not only is it skin friendly, it is also waist friendly too!

Ingredients

  • 2 oranges
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 cup caster sugar
  • 250g almond meal
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp icing sugar (for dusting)

Method

  • Place the whole oranges in a small saucepan and cover with water. Bring to the boil and simmer for 2 hours. Top up water periodically to keep the oranges covered.
  • Preheat oven to 190°C. Line a 20cm spring form baking tin with baking paper and set aside.
  • Place the eggs and caster sugar in a blender and blend until pale and frothy. Add the whole oranges and blend until mixture is smooth.
  • Add the almond meal and baking powder.
  • Pour into tin and bake for 1 hour.
  • Dust the top with icing sugar.

Note: When this cake is removed from the oven it collapses to having a flat top. Don’t be alarmed. This is the way it is supposed to be.

So How Can Oranges & Vitamin C Help Your Skin?

Oranges are a well-known source of antioxidant vitamin C, which actively tracks down and destroys ageing toxins in the body. But they’re also thought to be effective at helping to reduce blood pressure levels and improve circulation – both of which can speed up the process of detoxification, and regulate stress hormone levels.

Vitamin C plays a vital role in maintaining the health of your skin. Also known as ascorbic acid, it is key in the production of collagen, a protein that aids in the growth of cells and blood vessels and gives skin its firmness and strength. Vitamin C also helps create scar tissue and ligaments, and it helps your skin repair itself.

Vitamin C is an antioxidant that slows the rate of free-radical damage. Free radicals are unstable molecules that damage collagen and cause skin dryness, fine lines and wrinkles. New research shows that ascorbic acid 2-phosphate, a derivative of vitamin C, not only neutralizes free radicals, but also reverses DNA damage.

Research suggests that vitamin C may also reduce sunburn caused by exposure to ultraviolet B radiation and prevent the consequences of long-term sun exposure, which can lead to skin cancer.

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