Almond Olive Oil Cake

Ingredients

  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 1/2 cup chopped raw almonds
  • 4 eggs separated
  • 3/4 cup sugar separated
  •  Grated zest of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1-2 Tbl white wine e.g. Riesling

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F and position rack in the middle. Lightly oil a spring form pan and line base with parchment.
  • Place the flour and nuts in a food processor and pulse on and off until nuts are ground into the flour. Set aside.
  • Using an electric mixer beat the egg yolks and 1/2 cup of the sugar until light and creamy. Add the lemon zest and then the oil in a few batches, beating lightly after each addition. It will thicken towards the end.
  • Whisk in the wine, then gently fold through the flour and nut mixture.
  • Using clean beaters, beat the egg whites until soft peaks form, then add the sugar and beat until glossy, about 1 minute more. Gently fold through the batter.
  • Pour mixture into prepared pan and bake for 40-45 minutes or until golden brown and a skewer inserted in the center comes out clean.Place on a wire rack and cool for 10 minutes. Run a knife around the outside and remove side of pan. Allow to cool completely before removing base. Store in an airtight container in a cool place or refrigerate. Enjoy with coffee or tea or serve with gelato for dessert.