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Olive Oil Cake

Source: Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone
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Active Time:  15 Minutes
Total Time:  1 Hour 30 Minutes
  Makes a tall 10-inch cake, serving 12
When baked, olive oil has a rich and somewhat mysterious flavor. This cake is high and handsome, much like a chiffon cake. In fact, call this chiffon cake--people often balk at the idea, but not the taste, of an olive oil cake. Serve this delicate confection with dessert wine or sherry and accompany with sliced nectarines, pears, berries, and whipped cream flavored with apricot preserves.
4 eggs, separated, plus 1 egg white, at room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon orange flower water
Finely grated zest of 1 orange and 1 lemon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons olive oil
1 1/3 cups milk
2 1/2 cups sifted cake flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
Powdered sugar
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Oil or butter and flour a 10-inch springform or bundt pan.

Beat the egg whites until they form soft peaks, then gradually add 1/3 cup of the sugar and continue beating until firm peaks are formed. Scrape them into a large bowl and set aside. In the same mixing bowl, don't bother to rinse it, beat the yolks with the remaining sugar until thick and light colored. Lower the speed, add the flavorings and salt, then gradually pour in the olive oil. The batter will be thick, like mayonnaise. Slowly add the milk, then whisk in the flour and baking powder. Reach thoroughly around the bottom of the bowl to make sure everything is well mixed. Fold in the egg whites. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan.

Bake in the center of the oven for 25 minutes. Reduce the temperature to 325 degrees F and bake for 40 minutes more until a cake tester comes out clean and the cake has begun to pull away from the sides. (It's better to err on the side of overbaking than underbaking this cake.) Let cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Remove the rim of invert, if using a bundt pan, onto a cooling rack. When cool, gently transfer the cake to plate and dust with powdered sugar.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Broadway Books. All rights reserved.
Date Added: 01/01/2008
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Nutrition Facts per Serving
Yield:   Makes a tall 10-inch cake, serving 12
Calories: 279
Fat. Total: 14g
Fiber: 1g
Carbohydrates, Total: 35g
Sodium: 171mg
% Cal. from Fat: 45%
Cholesterol: 73mg
Protein: 5g
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