A few years ago while watching a tv show called ” COME DINE WITH ME” , one of the guests baked an olive oil cake, and i as surprised by the recipe and was motivated to try it . I completely forgot about this recipe until i found it in one of my scrapbook last week . I added orange to the recipe and topped the cake with an orange syrup and orange zest. The cake was so good that it only lasted 3 hours on the kitchen counter and i will definitely bake it again soon.
For the cake:
*1 and 1/4 cup of plain flour
*3/4 cup of sugar
*1 tsp of baking powder
*1/2 tsp of baking soda
*1/2 tsp of salt
*1/3 cup of olive oil
*juice and zest of a large orange
For the syrup:
*zest and juice of 3 oranges
*2/3 cup of sugar
1.Preheat the oven at 180 degrees Celsius.
2.In a bowl mix the eggs and sugar until pale and light. Add the olive oil , orange juice and zest and mix well.
3.Slowly add the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt, mix well and pour into a greased cake pan of your choice and bake for 30 minutes.
4. In a small saucepan of boiling water, poach the zest of three orange for 2 minutes and then drain . Repeat this process three times , this technique will remove the bitterness of the zest.
5.In another saucepan cook on high heat the sugar and oranges juices until it forms a thick syrup , add the poached zests and switch off the heat.
6. Once the cake is cooked , chill for 10 minutes then remove from baking tin .
7.Reheat the syrup and pour on the cake .