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Hazelnut Olive Oil Cake (GF, DF)

This can be a gloriously rustic olive oil cake that’s each dairy-free and gluten-free, making it ideally suited for any gathering since nearly everybody can take pleasure in it! I actually love that hazelnut is the front-and-centre flavour, with the olive oil whispering quietly within the background. With meringue-like crispy edges and a brownie-ish centre, this candy quantity is wickedly addictive.

It’d look chocolatey but it surely’s not, this one is all concerning the hazelnuts! (Err, and olive oil).

Hazelnut Olive Oil Cake

That is really the Lemon Olive Oil cake from a pleasant cookbook known as “Simply Desserts” by Charlotte Ree. I’ve taken the freedom of renaming it as a result of I benefit from the hazelnut flavour in it a lot, I needed to headline it – so I did!

Normally with olive oil muffins, the olive oil is the dominant flavour. Recipes additionally usually encourage you to make use of excellent olive oil (learn: costly!) because of this, which tends to lead to fairly an assertive flavour. However on this cake, hazelnut is the first flavour and that’s a motive I take pleasure in this a lot. My style buds get form of confused after I style robust olive oil in candy muffins. I feel, “salad dressing”! #SimpleGal

On this cake although the position of olive oil is to provide a wealthy, brownie-like cake with a moistness you may’t obtain with simply butter.

However my favorite half is the crust across the corners, sides and floor! It’s a bit crisp – meringue-like is how I describe it. I wish to lower all of it off and run away with it. Catch me in the event you can!!

Proof of damp brownie-like insides, in case you doubt me:

Close up of slice of Olive oil hazelnut cake
The centre is brownie-like and the crust is meringue-like. A mix to-die for!

What it’s essential to make this Hazelnut Olive Oil Cake

Right here’s what it’s essential to make this:

Hazelnut olive oil cake ingredients
  • Further virgin olive oil – As talked about above, regardless of the title a very nice factor about this cake is that there’s no must spend money on costly olive oil for it because it’s not the first flavour. Simply use a decent-quality one that you just use for on a regular basis salads.

    The olive oil brings a moistness to the cake that you just don’t get with butter. Plus, it makes it dairy-free!

  • Hazelnut meal – That is floor hazelnuts, the hazelnut equal of the extra well-known almond meal utilized in flourless baked treats like Flourless Chocolate Cake, Flourless Chocolate Brownies and Orange Cake.

    Along with taking the place of flour in muffins, hazelnut meal brings a beautiful nutty flavour to muffins. A lot extra fascinating than tasteless wheat flour!!!

Ground hazelnut in Olive oil hazelnut cake batter
Hazelnut meal being added to this Hazelnut olive oil cake batter. Substitute with almond meal!
  • Lemon zest – Finely grated, utilizing a microplane or related. Being a delicately-flavoured cake, that is key ingredient. You may style the lemon but it surely’s extra a again word flavour that accentuates the hazelnut. Initially, I used to be not sure why lemon was included in a nutty cake like this till I used to be pressured to make a model with out (I had a fruit bowl stuffed with white-zestless lemons!). The cake was approach much less fascinating in style and hazelnut flavour extra muted. The takeaway: don’t skip the lemon!

  • Baking soda / bi-carbonate soda – That is what offers the cake a little bit of raise, although the within of the cake is not going to have an ethereal, spongey crumb typical of flour muffins. It’s fairly moist and gooey like brownies, which is by design.

    Baking powder will be substituted however as a result of it’s not as highly effective, the cake will likely be a bit extra dense. Not a catastrophe although by any means!

  • Sugar – Caster sugar / superfine sugar is greatest as a result of it dissolves extra simply within the batter. Nonetheless, common white sugar (granulated sugar) will work simply positive too.

  • Eggs – Massive ones, 50 to 60g / 2 oz every (cartons are normally labelled “giant eggs”) at room temperature, not fridge-cold, as chilly eggs don’t aerate as effectively when crushed.

  • Vanilla extract – Extract is healthier than synthetic vanilla essence which is, effectively, faux. I personally wouldn’t waste dear vanilla beans on this cake. I reserve vanilla beans for issues like Creme Brûlée, Flan Patissiére (French Custard Tart), pouring custard (Creme Anglaise) and so forth.

  • Pinch of salt – Usually good follow in most candy issues is a sprinkle of salt to convey out the flavour of the opposite elements. It doesn’t make it salty.

Find out how to make Charlotte’s Hazelnut Olive Oil Cake

It’s a breeze – and fairly forgiving too. Bear in mind, we aren’t going for Michelin-starred patisserie perfection right here. This can be a “shabby stylish”-vibe cake we’re making right here!

How to make Olive oil hazelnut cake
  1. Mix dry elements in a bowl. The hazelnut meal, baking soda, lemon zest and salt.

  2. Beat moist elements – Beat the eggs, sugar, and olive oil for two to three minutes on pace 7 with an electrical beater till it adjustments from yellow to pale yellow, and thickens to the feel of thickened/heavy cream – in unwhipped kind (which is thicker than customary pouring cream).

  3. Stir dry elements into the egg combination.

  4. Pour into the ready pan.

  5. Bake 45 minutes. It is going to puff up dramatically however don’t get too excited, it collapses once more because it cools!

  6. Cool utterly within the pan earlier than releasing from the springform pan to serve. This cake is fairly delicate to deal with when heat so actually, be affected person and let it cool!

What it seems like – The cake will rise within the oven then deflate because it cools. Don’t be alarmed whenever you see that it settles with a “crater” within the centre. That is the best way it’s presupposed to be! And as you eat you’ll recognize the distinction it results, ie. you get extra of the fluffier, addictively-crispy meringue-ish sides and the correct amount of the wealthy, fudge-y brownie-like centre of the cake.

Freshly made Olive oil hazelnut cake ready to be served
Olive oil hazelnut cake on a plate ready to be eaten

Sprinkle the cake with roughly-chopped toasted hazelnuts, if you wish to double up on the hazelnut flavour like I do. Lastly, mud with icing sugar, slice and serve!

Charlotte suggests serving with a dollop of crème fraîche, which I did after I served it to mates. I even served the cake on a plate and offered forks. However in actual life, I simply seize a slice with my hand. Make it. And also you’ll perceive what I imply! – Nagi x

PS. I realise I’ve used the outline “brownie” lots to explain the cake’s texture, however there isn’t a chocolate flavour right here! Sorry in the event you’ve been confused.

Watch the right way to make it

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Overhead photo of Olive oil hazelnut cake

Hazelnut Olive Oil Cake (GF, DF)


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Recipe video above: That is the Lemon Olive Oil cake from a pleasant cookbook known as “Simply Desserts” by Charlotte Ree. I’ve taken the freedom of renaming it as a result of I benefit from the hazelnut flavour a lot, I needed to headline it. So I did!Personally, olive oil in desserts confuses my style buds. So I like that it is not a dominant flavour right here, hazelnut is. Olive oil offers this cake a wealthy brownie-like texture in a approach that butter by no means will. I am hooked on the meringue-like crispy edges – I wish to slice all of it off and run away with it!This is a wonderful gluten-free, dairy-free cake you may make for gatherings that just about everybody can take pleasure in. Do not skip the lemon zest! I attempted it with and with out, and it is wonderful the way it brings out the hazelnut flavour. I LOVE THIS cake!


  • Preheat oven to 170°C / 340°F (150°C fan). Grease a 20 cm/8″ springform pan with olive oil then line with baking paper (parchment paper), then grease the paper. (Word 6)

  • Dry elements: In a medium bowl, combine the hazelnut meal, baking soda, lemon and salt.

  • Beat moist elements: In a big bowl, beat the olive oil, eggs and sugar for two to three minutes on pace 7 of a handheld beater or till it turns into pale and thick (like pouring cream).

  • Add vanilla and beat on pace 1 for 10 seconds.

  • Combine in dry: Add the Dry elements and blend in gently utilizing a rubber spatula.

  • Bake 45 minutes: Pour the batter into the ready pan and bake for 45 minutes. It is going to puff up dramatically within the oven but it surely collapses because it cools.

  • Cool: Take away from the oven and permit the cake to totally cool within the pan earlier than releasing from the springform pan. This can be a rustic cake that has increased edges and a flatter centre. Excellent proportions, I say: loads of meringue-like edges and never an awesome quantity of the wealthy brownie-like centre of the cake!

  • Enhance: Sprinkle with hazelnuts and dirt with icing sugar, if desired. Serve totally cool.

Recipe Notes:

1. Hazelnut meal is floor hazelnuts. It’s like almond meal besides, effectively, made utilizing hazelnuts! Substitute with almond meal.
MEASURING (essential): Scales are greatest as a result of the quantity of hazelnut meal varies relying on freshness which makes cups fairly unreliable. However in the event you solely have cups, then spoon it in and press down actually firmly to pack the hazelnut meal to measure out 1 3/4 cups. This cake is sort of forgiving so it’s okay in the event you mis measure a bit. If something, err on the facet of a bit an excessive amount of hazelnut meal as a result of the cake is so moist, it will possibly undoubtedly take extra hazelnut with out compromising the result. However in the event you drastically under-measure, the cake could not set.
2. Baking powder additionally works – 1 1/2 teaspoons – however the rising is healthier with baking soda.
3. Olive oil high quality – most olive oil muffins name for actually good high quality olive oil as a result of you may actually style it. On this cake, it’s way more delicate and is extra a background ingredient used for cake moistness. So simply use a decent-quality one that you just’d use for salad dressings. However no want to make use of a $50 bottle.
4. Eggs – 50 to 60g / 2 oz every (cartons normally labelled “giant eggs”) at room temperature, not fridge-cold (it received’t aerate as effectively).
5. Toasted hazelnuts – Bake for 10 minutes in at 180°C/350°C (160°C fan) oven, shaking tray a few times throughout cooking.
6. Springform pans are greatest for ease of elimination. In any other case, a cake pan with no unfastened base will likely be positive however you’ll must refrigerate the cake for 1 hour or so (after cooling) so it corporations up sufficient to flip out of the pan with out breaking.
Greasing the pan is most secure to be 100% positive of straightforward elimination.
7. Storage – Cake will maintain for 3 days in an hermetic container within the pantry (although if it’s super-hot the place you’re it’s safer to maintain within the fridge).

Diet Data:

Energy: 3312cal (166%)Carbohydrates: 239g (80%)Protein: 48g (96%)Fats: 252g (388%)Saturated Fats: 27g (169%)Polyunsaturated Fats: 16gMonounsaturated Fats: 97gTrans Fats: 1gLdl cholesterol: 491mg (164%)Sodium: 192mg (8%)Potassium: 403mg (12%)Fiber: 23g (96%)Sugar: 209g (232%)Vitamin A: 719IU (14%)Vitamin C: 10mg (12%)Calcium: 373mg (37%)Iron: 14mg (78%)

Lifetime of Dozer

When it rains, Dozer actually enjoys standing on the doggie door holding the door open along with his head, looking and considering the which means of life as he watches the rain pitter-patter on the deck …..

… in addition to letting the blustery chilly wind blast inside by the opening, to not point out all of the RAIN that is available in!!! 😖


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