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Sunday, August 02, 2009


I started with the recipe on p. 52 of this cookbook by Camilla Saulsbury for her "citrus-scented olive oil cake". I cut the recipe in half as I didn't want a large Bundt cake. Then I started making a few other changes. [Recipe below]
I think it came out beautifully and was a great cake for a day when I didn't want to run to the store for butter, the olive oil [EVO] I had on hand!

Adding the rosemary was the first change I thought of. It goes great with the lemon!

1 c sugar (I used turbinado sugar)
1/2 c. + 2 T. all purpose unbleached flour
3/4 c. fat free milk
1/4 c. cornmeal
2 large eggs
1/4 c. whole wheat pastry flour
1/4 c. olive oil
1/2 t. each baking powder and salt
1 T. grated lemon zest
1/4 t. baking soda
1 1/2 T. fresh lemon juice
1/4 t. ground coriander
1 T. fresh rosemary, finely minced
Glaze: 3 T. orange marmalade, 1 T. balsamic vinegar, 2 T. orange juice [stir, and pour evenly over cooled, inverted cake].
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a loaf pan (9x5) with nonstick baking spray. Set aside.
In a large bowl whisk the sugar,milk, egg , olive oil, lemon zest, lemon juice and rosemary.
In a medium bowl combine the dry ingredients. Pour liquid ingredients into dry ingredients, stir until just blended.
Pour batter into the prepared pan. Bake 50-55 minutes or until cake tests done.
Cool on a rack. Spread marmalade glaze over cake.
Here is another olive oil cake recipe...sounds good! [Hmmm...Do you think olive oil cakes could possibly be a healthy part of the Mediterranean diet????]


~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

OH MY! I just got home from the grocery store! I wish I had bought some fresh rosemary! That sounds delicious! And I am so hungry for something different! Save me a piece!

gemma said...

Lila you are amazing! Honestly every time I come here you have been so busy making good food, sewing,quilting,and gardening.
Cute peasant shirt. Who woulda thought?(I checked the tutorial)
Is that cake as good as it looks?

lila said...

YES! It is very moist and flavorful.
I'm sure that it would be great with fresh peaches or apricots too!

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