It’s been a while, but I’M BACK! I hope everyone had a wonderful and special holiday season. Since I last checked in with you all I’ve added a few new cookbooks to my collection (my loved one’s support my addiction all too well) which meeaannsss lots of testing recipes, lots of eating, AND that my kitchen is 100% messy 100% of the time. But it’s not all bad because… well, food ;)
I’ve given myself a handful of new years resolutions to push my food & photography forward this year. One being that I’m going to cooking/baking/creating new things, always. Although Travis and I cook at home more often than not with our crazy schedules it’s easy to fall into the same five quick & easy meals. I’m excited to try new, fun, affordable and yummy meals and then share them with you!
My first experiment of the year is this Pear + Olive Oil Cake. I’ve never baked with olive oil or even tried olive oil cake so I wasn’t sure what it would even taste like. You’re never supposed to bake with olive oil like for cookies and brownies and that makes sense to me. Olive oil has such a distinct flavor that really doesn’t complement those kinds of things. But (i think) olive oil has great flavor. The idea of using it to flavor a cake sounds great… AND IT IS ! Why is this the first time this is happening?! I don’t know, but it will not be the last. You guys really need to try this one for yourself.
I made a big batch to try both a cake and muffins — The cake is gorgeous, but the muffins are so easy to grab and go making them my preferred choice.
Here it is — can’t wait to hear what you think <3
Pear + Olive Oil Cake
– 3 eggs
– 3 1/2 C sugar
– 1 1/2 C extra virgin olive oil
– 1 /1/2 C milk
– 2 C flour
– 1 t baking powder
– 1/4 t salt
– the zest of one lemon & half its juice
– 1/2 t grated ginger
– one pear sliced thin
How to :
preheat the oven to 350°F
butter & flour a 10in springform pan or prepare a muffin tin
– in a large bowl mix together the eggs, sugar, olive oil, milk, ginger and lemon zest
– in a separate bowl combine the flour, baking powder and salt
– slowly mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients
– pour the batter into the prepared baking pan
– put the sliced pears in a bowl and pour the lemon juice over the top of them
-arrange the slices on top of the batter
– if you chose to make a cake bake for about an hour – an hour and a half or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. the top of mine browned too quickly and the center was still uncooked. if you notice this happens with yours place a piece of foil over the top for the remainder of the cook time.
– if you are making muffins bake for about 20-30 mins or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean