Almond Orange Honey Cake

Very healthy... from Dr. Schor...complete with the reasons for each ingredient.

Almond Orange Honey Cake
Almond Orange Honey Cake

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

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servings

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

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servings

Ingredients

  • 1

    small-to-medium orange:

  • 1

    lemon

  • 6

    ounces raw nuts.

  • 1

    cup all-purpose flour

  • 1

    tablespoon baking powder

  • 1/2

    teaspoon salt

  • 4

    eggs

  • 2/3

    cup of extra virgin olive oil

  • 2/3

    cup honey

Directions

Place the orange and the lemon in a saucepan, and cover with water. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat; then reduce the heat and simmer for 30 minutes. Drain and cool. The outer peel, the stuff one might call zest contains d-limonene, a chemical that is being used to treat reflux disease, cancer,gastritis, intestinal parasites and whiten the teeth of smokers. We might add that the peels of these fruits also contain citrus pectin and mention the multiple uses that the product Pectasol is being put to use for. In our practice our main use is to reduce risk of cancer metastasis. Bake almonds 10 to 15 minutes in a preheated 325 degree oven. Walnuts cook much faster, check them after five minutes. Set aside to cool. When the nuts are cool, pulse them in a food processor until ground. Once the nuts are toasted turn up the oven to 350 degrees, and grease a 9-inch springform pan. Bittman’s recipe calls for almonds, I’ve started using walnuts instead based on the research published lately. Walnut consumption is associated with lower risk of type 2 diabetes in women. The current issue of the Natural Medicine Journal contains a commentary that I co-authored with Dr Mona Morstein on research that suggests eating walnuts is associated with longer life-span. Other recent studies using data from the PREDIMED nut and olive oil study in Spain, report that nuts reduce risk of cardiovascular disease, and walnuts in particular slow cognitive decline. For cancer patients it is worth noting that, “Walnut consumption protects rats against cisplatin-induced neurotoxicity.” Whether they do the same for people isn’t known but they probably won’t hurt. Costco is now selling almond flour made from blanched almonds. I have used this product for this recipe but my preference is to actually toast almonds myself, with their skins on, and then grind them in a food processor. Some researchers suggest that the benefit from nuts comes from the skin. In a decent sized bowl, whisk the flour, salt and baking powder together. You want a bowl big enough to mix all of the cake batter together in. If you don't want to use flour, add an extra cup of ground nuts and cross your fingers. I’ve thought about substituting cocoa powder for some of the flour but haven’t tried to yet. I’ve been adding ground flax seeds to the flour. Breast and prostate cancer patients should try to add as much flax meal to the flour as they can stand. Pure flax meal, used instead of flour, will make a cake that the patient’s family may not appreciate. Half flour, half flax meal is tolerable. A study from last April tells us that the enterolactones in flaxseed are inversely associated with prostate cancer. The classic 2009 study told us that men, who ate flax seed between prostate biopsy and surgery, reduced tumor proliferation. Another interesting study from this year reports that flaxseed interacts with the anti-breast cancer cell Herceptin so as to have a greater effect against breast tumor cells. Flax seed may protect the lungs from damage during radiation therapy, especially for lung cancer. So if you are undergoing radiation therapy, add the flax seeds. When the citrus is cool, cut the lemon in half, and discard the pulp and seeds. Really do this as the lemon pulp tastes bitter after cooking. Cut the orange in half, and discard any seeds. Put the fruits in the food processor and process almost to a paste. With the food processor running add in the eggs one at a time: Then slowly, very slowly in a thin stream, pour in the EVO. Bittman’s recipe calls for extra virgin olive oil and this is my first choice. Recall the PREDIMED data suggested that just switching from regular olive oil to extra virgin olive oil reduces risk of heart attack and stroke by almost a third in high-risk patients. Olive oil also seems to work synergistically with Herceptin. As Herceptin is associated with heart damage, perhaps the olive oil will protect the heart. Breast cancer patients might consider using half flax seed oil. Flax oil has been reported to hinder the growth of triple negative breast cancer. Flax oil also has a desirable impact on HER-2 positive breast tumor cells, so it’s a coin toss over which oil might be better. At this point you’ve created a citrus tasting mayonnaise. Now to sweeten the cake. Bittman uses 1.5 cups of sugar. Don’t there isn’t anything good for you about sugar. On the other hand there are no end of good things we might say about honey. Perhaps the most astounding study in the last year was that giving daily rations of honey to type 1 diabetics actually seemed to help control their disease. So while we have our cancer patients avoiding sugar and simple carbohydrates, this study perhaps gives at least a weak rationale to ignore these cautions when it comes to honey, at least in this recipe. Pour the honey into the running processor in a slow stream, just the way you added the oil. I think this is sweet enough but you might want to put in a bit more honey. At this point you might want to add some flavoring agents, for example vanilla, almond flavoring, amaretto or orange liquors. Empty the glop from the processor into the bowl with the flour and nuts and gently fold the ingredients together. Turn the batter into the pan and bake for about an hour. Try and let this cool all the way before slicing. Enjoy this cake in good health.

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