As I have mentioned in previous posts, olive oil can be used in many recipes to replace butter. My neighbour in Amelia even made cookies and other baked goods using olive oil and no butter. Below is a recipe courtesy of Susan at Food Blogga, one of my favourite foodie blogs at the moment. There is also a lovely story that goes with the recipe, which can be found along with the original post on Susan’s site. The photo is also from this same site.
Olive Oil Cake with Rosemary and Lemon
Basic cake recipe:
1 ¼ c all-purpose flour
¼ tsp baking powder
¼ tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt
2 eggs, at room temperature
1 c sugar
½ cup fruity extra-virgin olive oil
¾ cup milk
2-3 Tbsp chopped fresh rosemary
The zest of 2 small lemons
The juice of 1 small lemon
1 cup grated Reggiano-Parmigiano
Several cranks of freshly ground black pepper
Preheat the oven to 350. Line a 10-inch loaf pan or 9-inch round pan with parchment paper.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
In another medium bowl, whisk together the eggs and sugar until well blended, about 1 minute. Whisk in the olive oil and milk.
Whisk the egg mixture into the flour mixture until thoroughly blended. Gently mix in the rosemary, lemon zest, lemon juice, black pepper, and Reggiano-Parmigiano.
Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake until the cake is firm and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 40 minutes. Transfer the pan to a rack to cool for about 20 minutes before removing the cake.
Serve warm or at room temperature.