Sherry and Olive Oil Pound Cake

Alice Medrich's Sherry and Olive Oil Pound Cake marks the high point of my
experiments with olive oil. The original recipe is featured in Pure Dessert. You can find the recipe online here and here. There are a couple creative versions with tangerines and clementines as well.

Heres what I did:
1. Followed the recipe to the letter, including all instructions about sifting, whisking, temperature of the eggs and such. sigh. How the mighty have fallen.
2. Baked in a two loaf pans, one glass and one metal.
3. Made the cakes the night before and served with strawberries in balsamic vinegar. Many thanks to the generous gifter of said balsamic vinegar.

The verdict:
Moist and fluffy, this cake has GREAT texture. The metal pan worked much better than the glass one. The sherry and orange came together beautifully. Its the perfect elegant well-behaved dessert. Not cloying, not brash. Tried the cakes toasted a couple days later and they were still very good. This will become the
Leela Naidu of my dessert repertoire. Serene, classy and ages well.

Tartlette is hosting SHF # 43 - May 2008 with a Citrus theme! Hope to see you at the round up!


Traveling Tummy said...

Gorgeous! Both the pound cake and the little dish its on - love those hand made squiggles!

Suganya said...

Did you toast the pound cake? Hmpf.. Talk about indulgence ;). Thanks for the mention, Smita.

Tartelette said...

I have never made a cake I have not liked even the so-called "it did not turn out great" one..Cake is Cake :) and this one looks mighty good!

Asha said...

Oh yum!! Sherry and Olive oil, great combo.Good job Smita. Enjoy and have a great weekend!:))

Julie said...

I love the idea of toasting it that sounds delicious.

ServesYouRight said...

Traveling Tummy - you are super-observant :-) Thank you!

Suganya - I have turned into a Medrich devotee! If she says 'toast', I hop to and toast :-)

Tartlette - absolutely! There no such thing as a mediocre Medrich dessert!


ServesYouRight said...

Asha, Julie - thanks!


nicisme said...

Mmmm... love that photo - looks sensational when toasted!
Nice blog you have here Smita!

Sandeepa said...

Both the pound cake and the platter is super sexy, where did you get the little pretty dish ?