ORANGE & OLIVE OIL CAKE…Drawing Inspiration!

“Anytime the perfume of orange and lemon groves wafts in the window;
the human body has to feel suffused with a languorous well-being.”
Frances Mayes, Bella Tuscany

‘ORANGE & OLIVE OIL CAKE’

This is the ‘Orange & Olive Oil Cake’ I made, inspired by the Cenk’s recipe. He made his ‘Clementine and Olive Oil Cake’ inspired by the “Olive Oil and Sherry Pound Cake” recipe from Alice Medrich’s book “Pure Dessert”. Inspirations galore resulted in a lovely, moist cake, with a crumb as light as ever…& no butter! There is a very Mediterranean feel to the recipe…& the taste is even better 2 days later. My friend from the land of the babushkas got me some poppy seeds, & I was wondering what use to put them to? This did seem the perfect place to bung them in. The kids love the cake & the addition of poppy seeds has given it a nice crunch. The other alteration to the recipe is substituting a bit of flour with whole-wheat flour. That is one thing I always try to do whenever possible! It’s a feel-good factor thing for me!! It didn’t make the cake crumb any heavier, or the cake rise any less…very satisfying indeed!

Thank you Cenk…

The idea of mixing the zest about with the sugar is novel indeed. It flavours the sugar really nicely, & makes it look pretty too. Flavour…that’s the good thing about Alice Medrich’s book “Pure Dessert”. I have to lay my hands on it soon. Until then, its off to Cenk’s, or then to Meeta’s at WFLH, who, coincidentally, was baking a dessert from the very same book, while blogging a comment on the ‘Coffee Walnut Cookies’ I made!!

“Omit and substitute! That’s how recipes should be written. Please don’t ever get so hung up on published recipes that you forget that you can omit and substitute.” Jeff Smith

The recipe then…

(Inspired by Cenk who was inspired by the “Olive Oil and Sherry Pound Cake” recipe from Alice Medrich’s book “Pure Dessert”)

Ingredients:

Flour – 1 1/2 cup
Wholewheat flour – 1/2 cup
Baking powder – 1 1/2 tsp
Salt – 1 pinch
Extra Virgin Olive Oil – 1/2 cup
Sugar – 1 cup
Zest of 3 oranges
Eggs – 3
Orange Extract – 1 tsp
Fresh Orange Juice – 1 cup
Poppy seeds – 2 tbsp + some for sprinkling on top

Method :

  • Sift the flours + baking powder + salt together.
  • Mix the sugar & zest so as to flavour the sugar.

Working with the magical microplaner (zester)…

  • Grease & flour a 12 X 4 loaf tin. (I lined the bottom as well).
  • Preheat oven to 180 degrees C.
  • Beat the olive oil & sugar well.
  • Beat in the eggs one by one, followed by the orange extract.
  • Beat in 1/3 of the flour mix, followed by 1/3 juice…repeat 2 times,finishing with the juice.
  • Mix in the poppy seeds.
  • Turn batter into prepared tin & sprinkle some poppy seeds on top.
  • Bake for 50-60 minutes until done, till the tester comes out dry.
  • Rest in tin on rack for 10 minutes. Remove from tin & cool on rack.
A lovely, moist & light crumb!

Have just found this interesting blog event…coincidence has it that this months’ ‘fresh produce’ is Oranges!! How nice…this is my entry to Marta’s blog ‘An Italian in the US’ which is dedicated this month to this delicious citrus fruit.

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Comments

  1. Orange and Lemon smell divine in the cakes breads. Looks great,lemon and poppy seeds are classic combo!:)
    I have to 2 baked goodies this time at FH, peek in.

  2. The cake looks great! But one correction please: Cenk is not a she :)

  3. Suganya says:

    I made the same cake too. It is awesome.

  4. i really love the flavour of fruity olive oil in cakes. lovely recipe.

  5. Passionate baker...& beyond says:

    Asha, thanks for stopping by. Found FP on your blog!!
    Cenk..a 1000 apologies for my gaffe! Have corrected the she…I’m sorry!
    Suganya, your blog is awesome. Glad we share a passion!
    Hi Bee…me too. Actually fruit & natural flavours are right up my street!!

  6. Passionate baker...& beyond says:

    Asha, thanks for stopping by. Found FP on your blog!!
    Cenk..a 1000 apologies for my gaffe! Have corrected the she…I’m sorry!
    Suganya, your blog is awesome. Glad we share a passion!
    Hi Bee…me too. Actually fruit & natural flavours are right up my street!!

  7. Cynthia says:

    Oh yes, I remember Cenk’s cake. I have it bookmarked to try as I’ve never made a cake with oil. Yours encourages me even more.

  8. Cindrella says:

    Hi Deeba,
    I am first time visitot yo your blog and i just love it all, you ve got some fantastic recipes, would love to try them all and must say very good pictures too. I am new to baking and planning to buy an oven, can you advise me on which is a good oven to buy as you bake so often.I donot want a microwave but specifically an OTG.
    Once again thanks, will post soon after trying your few recipes.

  9. Raaga says:

    this is so tempting… I have bookmarked a few of your recipes… I have the birthdays of a few close friends coming up soon and so will try and make something nice.

  10. Arundati Rao says:

    ooooooooo…deeba you are driving me insane!! and i love anything citrussy… i can only imagine the aroma and the flavours!! i made a lemon cake last week…its on the blog!! the cooking one!! ;)

  11. Srivalli says:

    gosh so many cakes…so many everyday???….of course I remember a time back, when I used to bake a cake every weekend and it used to get completed the same day…and yours looking so sinfully delicious won’t be around for long I guess…

  12. Wow…the cake looks so moist and delicious!!!!

  13. Bellini Valli says:

    I love the addition of the poppy seeds to this loaf cake.They add a wonderful texture to everything.Thanks for the inspiration!!

  14. amandalwh says:

    Been following your blog for quite sometime~ :D loves the energy you have! the effort you spend on doing a post. Thanks!

    btw, tagged you for MeMe! i can’t help it, you have such an impressive blog!

    Amanda

  15. I can almost smell it baking, it looks so good and it is full of some good flavors!

  16. Pixie says:

    These are the kind of cakes that I love best. Their light and tasty and simply scrumptious! Thanks for sharing.

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