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Orange-Anise Bundt Cake (Ciambella)
Italian ciambella is a ring-shaped cake, though the term is also used for certain types of donuts. There are countless variations on the sweet; our cake is based on ciambella all'arancia, made with olive oil and orange juice or zest (arancia means orange). We use a standard Bundt pan rather than the traditional ring mold, and we add anise seed for aromatic, licorice-like flavor; make sure to coarsely grind the aniseed so it retains some texture. Sambuca, an anise liqueur, gave us a second layer of flavor; ouzo or pastis is a fine substitute. To skip the alcohol, substitute ½ teaspoon anise extract plus 3 tablespoons orange juice. In an airtight container at room temperature, the cake will keep for up to three days.
grams (2¼ cups) all-purpose flour
grams (½ cup) almond flour
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