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Greek Walnut Cake

February 3, 2011

This recipe came from a great story in today’s LA Times newspaper: Olive Oil 101.

2 cups sifted flour (8 ounces)
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon allspice
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 cup ground walnuts (3½ ounces)
3 eggs
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon Champagne vinegar
1 cup extra-virgin olive oil

1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees.

2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, allspice, cinnamon and ground walnuts.

3. Mix the eggs into the dry ingredients, 1 at a time, then whisk in the milk, vinegar and olive oil. Beat just until thoroughly combined.

4. Transfer the batter to a greased 13-by-9-inch pan.

5. Bake the cake on the center rack of the oven until puffed and golden and a toothpick inserted comes out clean, 30 to 45 minutes.

6. Place the pan on a rack to cool slightly before slicing on the diagonal into diamond shapes.

Each of 16 servings: 309 calories; 4 grams protein; 32 grams carbohydrates; 1 gram fiber; 19 grams fat; 3 grams saturated fat; 41 mg cholesterol; 20 grams sugar; 112 mg sodium.

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