Pear + Olive Oil Cake

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

Ingredients :

– 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

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