I've had this plum streusel cake in my mind for over one week.
But for some reason that I cannot grasp, I never buy plums.
So yesterday I couldn't take the cooking cravings anymore, and the only fruit I had was oranges.
(I must recall that the supermarket is closed on Sunday here in Germany)
I really wanted to make a fruity dessert, but...
Here I was, still dreaming of plums, raspberries, bluberries, and so on - even the ordinariness of apples! - to be left with oranges - which, unnervingly, are the faintest flavoured oranges I've ever bought.
Well... there is nothing like googling "orange dessert recipes" for inspiration, or so thought I.
I couldn't decide on a cake, still drooling over "berry streusel" pictures instead. Finally, I came to realize that it had to be what it had to be, and held my chin up facing the tennis-ball-shaped spheres on the counter.
I think I'm going through a bad kitchen karma period.
After a first attempt to follow a recipe I found online (which I could already tell wouldn't work - why in the world did I even use it!?) and ending up with a butter-egg float batter... (really -.- this has got to be bad kitchen karma), already mad, but not quite to throw in the towel (after all, I already had the perfect caramelized oranges), I decided to do things my own way, and the cake finally came out pretty nice :)
The best part is... the first bite of this cake instantly reminded me of crêpes suzette, my ever favourite among my father's few staple dessert recipes (though he would do them without alcohol - we were three kids at home!). They still are one of my favourite desserts, maybe even top five - and, oddly enough, they have got orange.