Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Thyme olive oil cake...


Since my little herb garden is up and going again, I tried this cake with fresh thyme added for fun this afternoon.  It's worth the extra cost of olive oil as apposed to vegetable oil or butter.  The cake has a deep golden color, is fragrant, very moist with nice crispy crust.  Enjoy with coffee or tea of course.  ;)

Prep:

oven: 350
butter a loaf pan (stoneware makes the edges crispy)

What you need:

Butter for greasing pan
1 cup sugar (a bit less if you don't like it really sweet)
scant 1/2 cup butter milk (can use yogurt or make buttermilk with lemon juice)

1/4 cup (approximate) juice of your choice...I used leftover sweet white wine; the recipe I used called for fresh squeezed orange juice with zest...you could use whatever you like or just all buttermilk if you prefer to make 3/4 cup liquid in all

3 large eggs
2/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
fresh thyme to your liking (I used about 4 sprigs, pull the leaves off the stem)

If using oranges, you'll need to zest 2 and mix the zest into the sugar with your fingers (a spoon works but not as well).  Juice the two oranges (about 1/4 cup of juice).  Add buttermilk or yogurt to the juice until it measures 3/4 cup liquid all together.  Pour mixture into the bowl with sugar and whisk well.  Whisk in the eggs then the olive oil.  Mix the dry ingredients together and then add to the wet.  Add the thyme.  Pour into the bread pan and bake 50-55 minutes or until a knife comes out clean from the middle.

*I had rosemary listed this morning and then realized I used thyme . =)  I've seen rosemary olive oil cake recipes though and think you can use that as your herb of choice as well.

1 comment:

J and A said...

Sounds delish! It made me want to run out to the garden to pick some fresh rosemary to make it too... until I remembered that this prego brained girl forgot to bring it in when the snow came last winter, and well, lets just say it didn't survive :(