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bundt cake
Ingredients:
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 ½ cup sugar
  • 1 ½ cup skim milk
  • ½ cup SOOC Blood Orange Olive Oil
  • ¼ cup orange juice (blood orange preferred)
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 ¼ cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup powder sugar
  • 1 teaspoon butter, melted

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Coat a 12 C Bundt pan with cooking spray or Olive Oil; dust with 2 tablespoons flour and set aside
  2. Combine sugar, milk, Olive Oil, 3 tablespoons juice and eggs in a large bowl. Combine 2 ¼ c flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda; stirring well with a whisk. Add flour mixture to Olive Oil mixture stirring until smooth. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake at 350 F for 55 minutes or until golden brown and cake pulls from the edge of the pan. Cool cake upside down on a wire rack and then invert onto a plate.
  3. Combine powder sugar, remaining tablespoon juice and butter, stirring well. Drizzle glaze over cooled cake
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gingerbreadIngredients:

Cake:

  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup finely grated zucchini
  • 1 cup finely grated carrot
  • 1/2 cup SOOC Roasted Walnut oil
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup hot water
Glaze:
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon SOOC Honey Ginger White Balsamic

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 F.
Grease a 9-inch-by-5-inch loaf pan with walnut oil.

Combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, allspice, and cloves and baking soda in a large bowl. Whisk well and set aside.

In a separate bowl stir combine the walnut oil, brown sugar, eggs, molasses, and ginger. Whisk well.  Add the carrot and zucchini.  Add the flour mixture in three parts alternating with the hot water in three additions, beating until flour is just incorporated. Pour into prepared pan and bake until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean, about 45 minutes. Cool cake in pan for 10 minutes and then turn out onto a rack to cool completely.
Whisk the powdered sugar with the honey ginger white balsamic and drizzle over the cooled gingerbread.

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Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup SOOC EVOO Olive Oil (can use SOOC Lemon Olive Oil), plus additional for greasing pan
  • 1 large lemon
  • 1 cup cake flour (not self-rising)
  • 5 large eggs, separated, reserving 1 white for another use
  • 3/4 cup plus 1 1/2 tablespoon sugar
  • Blueberries or Strawberries to garnish (optional)
  • Special equipment: a 9-inch spring-form pan; parchment paper

Directions:

  1. Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 350 º F. Grease springform pan with some oil, then line bottom with a round of parchment paper. Oil parchment.
  2. Finely grate enough lemon zest to measure 1 1/2 teaspoon and whisk together with flour. Halve lemon, then squeeze and reserve 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice.
  3. Beat together yolks and 1/2 cup sugar in a large bowl with an electric mixer at high speed until thick and pale, about 3 minutes. Reduce speed to medium and add olive oil (3/4 cup) and reserved lemon juice, beating until just combined (mixture may appear separated). Using a wooden spoon, stir in flour mixture (do not beat) until just combined.
  4. Beat egg whites (from 4 eggs) with 1/2 teaspoon salt in another large bowl with cleaned beaters at medium-high speed until foamy, then add 1/4 cup sugar a little at a time, beating and continue to beat until egg whites just hold soft peaks, about 3 minutes.
  5. Gently fold one third of whites into yolk mixture to lighten, then fold in remaining whites gently but thoroughly.
  6. Transfer batter to springform pan and gently rap against work surface once or twice to release any air bubbles. Sprinkle top evenly with remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar. Bake until puffed and golden and a wooden pick or skewer inserted in center of cake comes out clean, about 45 minutes. Cool cake in pan on a rack 10 minutes, then run a thin knife around edge of pan and remove side of pan. Cool cake to room temperature, about 1 1/4 hours. Remove bottom of pan and peel off parchment, then transfer cake to a serving plate.
  7. Garnish with Blueberries or Strawberries (optional)

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cakeIngredients:
Cake:
1 cup sugar
1 ½ cup flour
2 tsp. baking powder
¼ tsp. salt
3 eggs
¾ cup plain Greek yogurt
½ cup SOOC Lemon Olive Oil
Strawberry Topping:
2 pints fresh strawberries
Lemon juice to taste
Whip cream topping
Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Prepare an 8 ½” x 4 ½” loaf pan with oil and a piece of parchment paper large enough to form an overhang along the length of the pan.
Whisk together the eggs, sugar, yogurt and vanilla.
Sift the flour, baking powder and salt into the egg mixture and stir.  Add the olive oil and stir until blended. Pour into the prepared pan and bake for 55 to 60 minutes.  Test with toothpick to make sure the cake is fully cooked in center.
Cool the cake for about 10 minutes and lift it gently out of the pan. Remove the parchment and let cool completely.
Slice the strawberries and add the lemon juice to taste.  Let them sit for about half an hour.
Add strawberries and whip cream topping to each slice of cake.

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red white and blue trifle
Ingredients:
-1 Angel Food Cake, Cubed
-1 box vanilla pudding mix, made according to box directions
-1/4 cup milk (in addition to milk used in pudding)
-1 1/2 cups raspberries
-1 1/2 cups blueberries
-1 1/2 cups strawberries
-1/3 cup SOOC Blueberry Balsamic Vinegar
-1/3 cup SOOC Raspberry Balsamic Vinegar (or Strawberry Balsamic Vinegar)
-2 cups heavy whipping cream
-2 Tablespoons honey
Directions:
1. Make the vanilla pudding mix, adding the extra 1/4 cup milk; the pudding will be runny. Whip with mixer, two cups of heavy cream with the two tablespoons of honey until stiff peaks form.
2. In a large decorative glass bowl, add half of the cubed Angel Food Cake to the bottom. Add a layer of mixed berries (using about 1/2 of the berries). Pour half of the pudding mixture over the berries. Then drizzle half of the Balsamic Vinegar over the pudding. Next add a layer of 1/2 the whipping cream over the top.
3. Repeat the layers with Angel Food Cake, berries, pudding, balsamic vinegar, finishing with a layer of the whipping cream.
4. Garnish with fresh berries. Keep chilled before serving.

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Blueberry Lemon Bundt cake

Ingredients:

For The Cake 
2 1/2 cups unbleached all purpose flour
1 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 cup sour cream
2 large eggs
1/2 cup SOOC lemon olive oil + 1 tablespoon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
2 cups washed and dried blueberries (1/2 cup reserved)

For the Simple Syrup Lemon Glazed Blueberries
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoon fresh lemon Juice or the juice of 1 large lemon

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 350 F.

Grease an 8 cup bundt pan with lemon olive oil, or 8- 1 cup mini-bundt pans.

In a large bowl, beat the sugar and eggs together until light yellow and thickened.  Add the lemon olive oil, lemon zest, vanilla, and sour cream.

In another bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients.  Add to the wet ingredients and whisk until no dry spots of flour remain.  Fold in the blueberries reserving 1/2 cup for decoration.

For the glaze, mix together the lemon juice and sugar in a microwave proof bowl.  Heat for 1 minute on high.  Whisk, and allow the glaze to sit until all the sugar is dissolved and the glaze has become transparent.

Bake the full size bundt pan for 45- 50 minutes, and the mini-bundt pans for 25-30 minutes or until a tester inserted in the center comes out clean.  Allow to coll for at least 20 minutes before inverting.

Allow the cake to cool fully. Add the blueberries to the cooled clear syrup and toss to coat.  Decorate the top/center of the bundt with the blueberries allow the glaze to run down the sides and soak into the cake.  Serve immediately.

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trufflesIngredients:

  • 1/2 Cup Steaming hot heavy cream
  • 1 pinch of sea salt
  • 8 ounces best quality dark chocolate in chip form, or chopped
  • 3 tablespoons SOOC dark or white balsamic – my favorite options for this are: coconut, raspberry, tangerine, strawberry, espresso, or traditional 18 year.
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder for rolling the truffles or use 6 oz. tempered (melted chocolate) for coating the truffles.

Directions:

  1. Place the chopped chocolate in a medium size heat proof bowl.
  2. Heat the cream and salt in a heavy bottom sauce pan over low heat until it just begins to steam.  Do not allow it to simmer or boil.
  3. Pour the cream over the chopped chocolate and allow to sit for 2-3 minutes without stirring.  Stir the mixture gently until all the chocolate is melted.  Add the balsamic and stir well.  Cool to room temperature and then place the bowl in the refrigerator, covered until the ganache has become cold and can be scooped and formed into balls.
  4. Have a baking sheet covered with parchment paper ready that will fit into your fridge or freezer.
  5. Take 1 teaspoon of cold balsamic ganache and quickly roll between your hands to form a ball.  If you spend too much time trying to get the shape just right, you’ll begin to melt the ganache and it will be a mess.
  6. Place the balls on the prepared baking sheet and then place in the fridge or freezer to firm up the truffles.
  7. Once truffles are firm, you can roll into cocoa powder or in tempered (melted) chocolate.  Best stored in single layers, separated by parchment or wax paper in a sealed container in the refrigerator.  Truffles can be served at room temperature.

Makes approximately 30-40 truffles

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