So I fell for it. The Olive Press, in Sonoma and Napa, challenged food writers to use four of its extra virgin olive oils in a four-course meal, and there it went: my competitive inner child reared its head. We’re taking this all the way to the end zone. (Sorry, is my football hem showing? Growing up in the Midwest reduces everyday activities to sports clichés, like “That’s gonna leave a mark” and “I’ll have a Leinenkugel’s.”)
Everyone seems to be talking about using olive oil instead of butter in baked goods these days, so I thought I’d go for it with the delicate Olive Press Blood Orange extra virgin olive oil. The cake has a nice crust while the inside stays moist for days. I may be an EVOO baking convert!