I’ve had olive oil cookies before, when I visited Provence. They were surprisingly addictive. When I saw this recipe, I knew I could make a quick nondairy adaptation and have my cake and eat it too. Delicious.
Blood orange olive oil cake (from Smitten Kitchen blog)
margarine for greasing pan
6 blood oranges
1 cup sugar
scant 1/2 cup plain soy yogurt
3 large eggs
2/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
honey-blood orange compote, for serving (recipe below this one)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9×5″ loaf pan. Grate zest from 2 oranges and place in a bowl with sugar. Using your fingers, rub ingredients together until orange zest is evenly distributed in sugar.
Supreme an orange: cut off bottom and top so fruit is exposed and orange can stand upright on a cutting board. Cut away peel and pith, following curve of fruit with your knife. Cut orange segments out of their connective membranes and let them fall into a bowl. Repeat with another orange. Break up segments with your fingers to about 1/4″ pieces.
Have third orange and squeeze juice into a measuring cup; you will have about 1/4 cup. Add soy yogurt to juice until you have 2/3 cup liquid altogether. Pour mixture into bowl with sugar and whisk well. Whisk in eggs and olive oil.
In another bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Gently stir dry ingredients into wet ones. Fold in pieces of orange segments. Pour batter into prepared pan.
Bake cake for 50-55 minutes, or until it is golden and a knife inserted into center comes out clean. Cool on a rack for 5 minutes, then unmold and cool to room temperature right-side up. Serve with honey-bloog orange compote, if desired.
Honey-blood orange compote: Supreme 3 more blood oranges according to directions above. Drizzle in 1 – 2 teaspoons honey. Let sit for 5 minutes, then stir gently.