ah, winter and it's satsumas and clementines. i love those first early december trips to the market when they greet you with their beautiful orange color. they just exude cheerfulness, don't they? as if their appearance wasn't enough to have me purchasing them by the box, they're sweet citrus flavor puts them over the top. an added plus, eleanor is a huge fan.
i've been buying them for weeks now, eating them at least two at a time, and often allowing them to take the place of dessert. but that didn't stop me from trying to find the best way to create a dessert from these little gems. so when i was trying to think of something sweet to make for my grandparents for the holidays and these beautiful satsuma's showed themselves at whole foods i knew it was time to turn them into something baked. and so this satsuma mandarine tea cake topped with candied satsuma slices was born. this will definitely show up in my winter dessert rotation!