Rosemary Olive Oil Cake

rosemary olive oil cake | apt 2b baking co
rosemary olive oil cake | apt 2b baking co

Hi Guys! Head over to Food52's Facebook page today to watch me make this Rosemary Olive Oil Cake, adapted from the Lemon Verbena Olive Oil Cake from Sweeter off the Vine Live

Rosemary Olive Oil Cake

Makes one 9-inch (23cm) cake

1 cup (200g) sugar

2 tablespoons fresh rosemary

1 3/4 cups (225g) all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup (175ml) fruity olive oil

1/4 cup (55g) unsalted butter, melted and cooled

1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest

4 large eggs, at room temperature

1 cup (240ml) whole-milk kefir or buttermilk, at room temperature

2 tablespoons confectioner’s sugar (optional)

Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 350ºF (180ºC/gas mark 4). Butter a 9-inch (23cm) cake pan at least 2-inches (5cm) tall, line it with parchment paper, and butter that too. Dust the pan and paper with flour.

Combine the sugar, rosemary, and lemon zest in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade or in a mortar. Pulse or grind the sugar and rosemary until the leaves are finely ground and the sugar is fragrant.

Whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together in a medium bowl.

In a separate bowl, whisk the rosemary sugar olive oil, and melted butter, together. Add the eggs and whisk for 30 more seconds. Whisk in the kefir, then use a rubber spatula to fold in the dry ingredients, mixing until combined and smooth.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan, tap it gently on the counter to release any air bubbles, and bake until the cake is puffed and golden and a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean, 40 to 45 minutes. Cool the cake in the pan on a rack for 20 minutes, then remove the cake from the pan to cool completely. Dust the cooled cake with a bit of confectioners’ sugar just before serving if you like. This cake will keep in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 days.


Olive Oil Gelato with Cocoa Nibs

olive oil gelato with cocoa nibs

I've had this recipe from food52 in my "fun things to make in the summertime" folder since it was posted in April. You should probably put it in your folder too because, you guys, this is the creamiest, silkiest, most perfectly scoopable frozen dessert that my little ice cream machine ever did make. I tossed in a few tablespoons of cocoa nibs during the last minute of churning for a little chocolaty crunch and they were the perfect match for the fruity oil. I imagine it would taste mighty fine with some fat, sweet cherries on top too. 

Olive Oil Gelato with Cocoa Nibs
adapted from food52
yield, about 2 cups

3/4c sugar
1/4c plus 2 tablespoons water
3/4c whole milk
Large pinch salt
4 egg yolks
1/4c good, but mild olive oil
2T cocoa nibs

1. In a small saucepan, combine the sugar, water, milk, and salt. Heat on medium until small bubbles form around the edge of the pan. While the mixture heats on the stove, place the egg yolks in a medium bowl and whisk until frothy.
2. Remove the pan from the heat and while whisking, slowly stream the milk mixture into the egg yolks. Return the mixture to the pan and slowly heat, stirring often, until the mixture reads 185 on an instant read thermometer. 
3. Immediately pour the custard into a bowl and cool over a water bath. Refrigerate until completely cool, a few hours or overnight. 
4. When you are ready to churn your gelato, remove the custard from the refrigerator and slowly whisk in the olive oil. The mixture will thicken and turn glossy.
5. Churn according to your machine's specifications and just before it is finished, add the cocoa nibs. Freeze until firm.