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Midnight in the Grove
Even in darkness, with the moon rising, the air was hot. She made her way down the road towards the old grove. It had been abandoned years ago and now was wild and tangled in its neglect. As she grew near the still air became heavy with the thick scent of orange blossoms. She kept moving, one foot in front of the other, the soles of her shoes making soft slaps on the asphalt, until the smell was so strong it nearly gagged her. Then she left the road, climbing easily over the low wooden fence, and entered the heart of the grove.
Rrrrgh . . . . Brains . . . .
Blood Orange Sauce:
In a heavy bottomed pot, combine the sugar and water. Cover the pot and place over high heat until the mixture comes to a rolling boil. Reduce the heat to medium and uncover the pot. Watch the mixture until it begins to caramelize and turns a rich golden caramel brown. Remove the pot from the stove and holding it away from you, slowly add the blood orange juice. The hot sugar will steam and threaten to bubble over, but be brave! When the mixture has calmed, return it to the heat and whisk it to combine the juice fully with the caramelized sugar. When the mixture returns to a full boil, remove it from the heat and pour into a heat-safe bowl (such as Pyrex). Place it in the refrigerator to chill before using.
Blood Orange Pound Cake:
Oil and flour a 9"x5"x3" metal loaf pan and set aside. Preheat your oven to 325°F.
In a bowl, mix the can of poppyseed filling with 2 Tablespoons of Blood Orange Sauce. This will flavor the filling slightly and also make it a little easier to squeeze through the piping bag.
Constructing the Cake:
When finally cool, use a cake wire to slice the domed top off of the pound cake and to make the long sides of the cake vertical. Then use the wire to slice the cake into 3/4" layers. This makes a beautifully rectangular cake.