Orange Diamond Tea Cakes

Schmitty posted 11-17-99 1:58 AM pt (US)

Orange Diamond Tea Cakes

(Crunchy sugar topping, delicate orange flavor - Norwegian Tea Cake)

1 1/3 cups sifted flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 cup butter
3/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons grated orange rind
1 tablespoon orange juice
4 unbeaten eggs

Preheat oven to 375 F.

Sift flour and baking powder together. Cream butter - gradually add sugar creaming well - at least 5 minutes. Blend in orange rind and orange juice. Add unbeaten eggs one at a time beating well after each. Blend in dry ingredients and mix thoroughly.

Spread in 13 x 9 x 2 inch pan, well greased and lightly floured on bottom only.

1/4 cup white raisins or currants
1/4 cup sugar cubes, crushed and**
1/4 cup blanched almonds, chopped

Sprinkle above mixture over dough.

Bake in 375 degree oven for 25 to 30 minutes. Cool.

For diamond shapes, cut diagonally across pan at 2 inch intervals. Then repeat cutting in opposite direction.

** May substitute 1/4 cup granulated sugar for crushed cubes.

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