Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Torta di Mirtilli ma modificati

Gaz bakes a cake! 

I've never been wired to bake a cake.  Why?  It's because I simply cannot follow instructions, let alone prepare ingredients to precise proportions.

Regardless, I decided to give baking a go and found a rather interesting recipe - Torta di Mirtilli (Italian for 'blueberry cake') from La Cucina, published by Italianicious.  I was attracted to it because of its use of olive oil.


100 gm butter and a little flour to coat a cake tin
4 large eggs at room temperature
300 gm sugar
180 gm unsalted butter
115 ml olive oil
155 ml milk
1 tspn of vanilla extract
400 gm plain flour
1.5 tpsn baking powder
A pinch of salt
Zest of two lemons and two oranges
600 gms of blueberries


Four large eggs at room temperature

Lemon and orange zest
Did I mention before that I can't follow instructions?  I couldn't resist adding something to the recipe.


Cherries with stones removed

1. Preheat oven to 175 C. Grease cake tin with butter and flour.
2. Beat eggs and sugar for about 3 minutes, then add butter, oil, milk... In my excitement I completely forgot the vanilla extract!
3. Mix well and sift in flour, baking powder and salt.
4. Stir in 2/3rds of the mixed fruits.

5. Pour into cake tin and smooth out the surface.

6. Bake for 15 minutes and then remove from oven.  Put remaining fruit on top and push down gently.

7. Bake for another 35 minutes until top is golden.

8. Leave to cool.

Not bad for my first cake ever!

The textures made it rather interesting.

All that fruit made it rather moist in the middle.  Overall, I thought it was a success, even without the vanilla extract.

So baking wasn't too hard and I still manage to not follow the receipe.  Until next time...


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Very nice Gaz - Whatever next ;-) Cake looks yumo!