I have talked before about how much I love and respect my dad and how he had to overcome some difficult challenges in his life to bring my sister and I up single-handedly. This Sunday marks Father’s Day and in a fitting tribute I have decided to put my baking skills to the test. Yes, I have decided to venture into the murky world of baking once more. But fear no more for this is a pretty fail-safe recipe. I have adapted it from La Cucina Italiana Magazine.
When offering cake to my father, he is easily pleased. Subtle, unadulterated flavours will suffice. No need for buttercream toppings or fillings of fruit and cream. Simplicity always brings about a nod and a smile. When it comes to desserts we have quite similar tastes. I appreciate it is yet ANOTHER recipe using hazelnuts but they were calling me from the store cupboard, two bags full, so you see, I simply couldn’t resist!
If you cannot muster up the strength to unpeel all those hazelnuts click here to find a quick and painless way of doing it.
I’ve often wondered how a cake made with olive oil would turn out and I must say, I am suitably impressed. A nice alternative to butter and not overly moist. I even caught myself having a slice of this cake for breakfast this morning! I’ve significantly cut down on the amount of sugar and olive oil used in this recipe. I couldn’t bring myself to pour 75ml of oil into a cake, even if it is a healthier alternative to butter! I’ve also used semi-skimmed instead of whole milk.
I served my cake with some macerated strawberries and a large mug of tea!
The cake serves 8-10 people and can be cut and frozen if you feel you won’t manage to tuck all the way through it over the next couple of days. Ideal cake for afternoon tea or picnic lunches as it is easily portable.
I’m entering this into Four Season’s Food Challenge jointly owned by the lovely French residing ladies Louisa at Chez Foti and Anneli at Delicieux. This month the host is Anneli and the theme is Summer.
I’m also entering this into the Made with Love challenge hosted by Javelin Warrier. The cake has been made from scratch ( and with a whole lotta love!) and I’ve been wanting to take part again for some time!
Do you have any special dishes you will be preparing for Father’s Day? I’d love to hear about them in the comments below.
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