Thursday, December 8, 2011

Rosemary Olive Oil Cake

If you are looking for a unique gift to bring to a party this holiday season, look no further.  This loaf is what you've been searching for!  Don't be afraid to bring this for your host(ess), they can just pop it in the freezer to enjoy later if there's already too much food!



The olive oil is front and center here, so be sure to use one with good flavor.  And if you're someone who doesn't care for rosemary, feel free to reduce the amount or mix it up.  I bet thyme, sage, or even lavender would create lovely versions.



Don't be scared by the olive oil and rosemary.  There's just enough chocolate here to bring you back to the sweet side of things :)  When served warm, the smallest bits of shaved chocolate melt into the loaf... it's pretty delicious!



Rosemary Olive Oil Cake
adapted from 101 cookbooks
Serves 8-12

I used a 8 1/2" x 4 1/2" loaf pan, but you should feel free to use whatever you like, just adjust the baking time accordingly.

1c AP flour
1/2c white whole wheat flour
1/2c semolina flour
2t baking powder
1/2t kosher salt
3/4c evaporated cane juice (or granulated sugar)
3oz bittersweet chocolate, chopped
3lg eggs
4.5oz olive oil (I used TJ's Spanish Extra Virgin)
1/2c greek yogurt (I used 2%)
1/4c almond milk
1 1/2T freshly chopped rosemary

Preheat oven to 350deg.

Sift together flours, baking powder and salt in a large bowl.  Add sugar and chocolate and mix well.

In a small bowl, whisk eggs.  Add oil, yogurt, milk and rosemary and whisk until ingredients are well combined.  Add this wet mixture to the dry ingredients and gently mix until just combined.  Pour into a loaf pan coated with nonstick cooking spray.

Bake for 55-65min, until the cake is nicely browned and a skewer comes clean.  Cool on a rack and serve, warm or room temperature.  Store any extras wrapped tightly in plastic wrap.


What do you bring along to a party?

23 comments:

Megan said...

Olive oil, rosemary... and chocolate? Wow, that sounds so good! The Chocolate Tarte in Somerville makes chocolate rosemary tarts, and I love the combination.

Fun and Fearless in Beantown said...

This looks fabulous! Although I do typically bring a savory dish to parties, I'm planning on baking some cookies for a party I'm going to next weekend!

Natalie said...

I really love rosemary so I'm intrigued by the combination here! I need to get myself a rosemary plant so I can start making all of these delicious rosemary recipes I've seen!

Erica said...

I love baking with olive oil! I would be super excited if someone brought this to my house :)

Elizabeth said...

This sounds heavenly. I love the addition of chocolate. Semolina too.

Daisy said...

what a really lovely sounding combination! any host is sure to love it.

Lisa (bakebikeblog) said...

I love breads like thee! So packed with flavour :)

lauren @ Healthy Food For Living said...

I first discovered how amazing olive oil in a quick bread can be last year when I made a blood orange olive oil loaf... and this rosemary one sounds fantastic as well! Your photos are gorgeous, too =).

Simply Life said...

oh this looks fabulous! I'm making cookies as we speak for an upcoming party!

Jess said...

I've been meaning to make an olive oil cake!

Candace said...

This looks awesome! I will be making this.

Joanne said...

I'm going to a housewarming party Saturday night and though I was told by the hostess NOT to bring anything. I lied when I told her I wouldn't. Oops! But this looks too good not to!

Erin said...

Oh how glorious!
How might a person NOT love rosemary?!

Cotter Crunch said...

i love baking breads with herbs. they are so wonderful smelling. Rosemary and olive is divine!

Cara said...

The chocolate took me by surprise! But I'll try anything :)

Emily @ A Cambridge Story said...

I love the sound of this!! And what gorgeous photos!

Amy said...

This looks great! I make a rosemary shortbread Christmas cookie and everyone always thinks they are weird until the try it. It's such a interesting addition to baked goods.

We Are Not Martha said...

This looks awesome and would be the perfect housewarming gift :)

Sues

Reeni said...

Olive oil is lovely for baking! The flavors sound fantastic together! It's a great hostess gift.

Lizzy said...

Unique combination!!!! I've always wanted to make an olive oil cake, I'd feel better about it... I don't bake a lot because it requires so much butter. PS- In my two types of cookies I went through 4 stick of butter. OOPS!

Elina (Healthy and Sane) said...

Mmm, this sounds incredible. I love when you walk on the edge of sweet and savory.

Kerstin said...

Haha, yep, rosemary and I have a love/hate relationship. I really want to try baking with olive oil :)

Lauren @ Healthy Food For Living said...

This bread is incredibly delicious!! LOVE it, Shannon... thank you so much =).

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