Recipe: Lavender & Olive Oil Cake
Baking spray with flour
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon finely grated orange peel
1 tablespoon culinary lavender, crushed
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2/3 cup plain yogurt
3 large eggs
2/3 cup pure olive oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup heavy cream
3 tablespoons honey
3/4 cup ricotta cheese, room temperature
Heat oven to 350F. Spray a 9x5-inch loaf pan generously with baking spray; set aside.
Combine flour, baking powder and salt in a small bowl.
Whisk together sugar, orange peel, lavender and pepper in a large mixing bowl until evenly distributed.
Add yogurt, eggs and olive oil; continue whisking until smooth. Whisk in vanilla. Add flour mixture and gently whisk in until just combined. Scrape batter into prepared pan.
Bake 55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
Cool in pan 5 minutes; remove from pan and cool completely.
Whip cream with an electric mixer until soft peaks form.
Add honey and continue to whip until stiff. Add ricotta cheese, a dollop at a time, and beat until fluffy. Slice cake.
Top slices with honeyed ricotta and sprinkle with lavender.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Yield: 8 to 10 servings
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