Olive Oil Cake with Candied Orange

Servings: 12

For candied orange and syrup:

1 cup sugar

cup orange blossom honey

3 tablespoons green cardamom pods, crushed

1 small orange, thinly sliced

For cake:

cup olive oil, plus more for brushing

1 cup all-purpose flour

cup semolina flour (pasta flour)

1 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon ground cardamom

teaspoon kosher salt

teaspoon baking soda

cup sugar, divided

3 large eggs, separated

2/3 cup plain whole-milk yogurt

1 teaspoons grated orange zest

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Chopped unsalted pistachios, lightly toasted

Method:

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Bring sugar, honey, cardamom and 3 cups water to a boil in a medium heavy saucepan, stirring until sugar dissolves. Add orange slices.

Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer, turning orange slices occasionally, until tender and syrup is reduced to 3 cups, about 40 minutes.

Arrange orange slices in a single layer on prepared baking sheet; remove cardamom pods and seeds. Strain syrup.

Preheat oven to 350 F. Brush 9-inch springform pan with oil.

Whisk both flours and next 4 ingredients in a medium bowl.

Using an electric mixer, beat cup sugar and cup oil in a large bowl for 1 minute. Beat in yolks, then flour mixture. Beat in yogurt, zest and vanilla.

Using clean, dry beaters, beat egg whites in another medium bowl until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in remaining cup sugar until firm peaks form.

Fold egg whites into batter just to blend in 2 additions. Transfer to prepared pan; smooth top.

Bake cake until a toothpick inserted into center comes out clean, about 25 minutes.

Pierce hot cake all over with a metal skewer. Slowly drizzle cup warm syrup all over.

When syrup is absorbed, slowly pour cup more syrup over. Reserve remaining syrup for serving.

Let cake cool in pan on a wire rack. Run a thin knife around edge of pan to release cake. Remove pan sides.

Arrange candied orange slices on top and sprinkle with pistachios. Cut into wedges and serve drizzled with more syrup.

Recipe courtesy of Bon Appetite magazine.