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Honey, Olive Oil, and Plum Cake
Honey, Olive Oil, and Plum Cake
(Torta di Miele, Olio d'Oliva e Susine)
 
 
Ingredients:

Unsalted butter, for greasing the pan
1 and 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
2 large eggs
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 cup honey, preferably orange blossom honey
3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
2/3 cup milk
8 prune plums, halved and pitted 

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350F.

Butter a 9-inch round cake pan, line the bottom of the pan with parchment paper, and butter the parchment.

Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs and sugar for 2 to 3 minutes, or until light and fluffy.

Whisk in the honey until thoroughly combined and then whisk in the olive oil and vanilla extract until thoroughly combined.

Add 1/3 of the flour mixture, then 1/2 of the milk, then 1/3 of the flour mixture, then the remaining of the milk, and then the remaining 1/3 of the flour mixture, whisking for only a few seconds after each addition until just combined. Do not overmix.

Transfer to the cake pan and arrange the plums cut side down over the batter.

Bake for about 1 hour and 10 minutes, or until the edges of the cake start to shrink away from the pan and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Let the cake cool in the pan for about 10 minutes.

Run a paring knife around the inside of the cake pan, invert onto a cooling rack, and finish cooling completely.

Cut into portions and serve.

Makes one 9-inch cake, serving 8.

That's it!
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