Sunday, 13 January 2008

Local cuisine

Greek cuisine is renowned for its healthy ingredients such as olive oil, herbs and fresh vegetables. Olive oil is the top one healthy food that can get included in almost every single meal.

Have you tried cakes made from olive oil?
It’s worth giving it a try, even if you may not probably notice a great difference in taste-as I do! Olive oil is healthier than butter or margarine, so replace butter with olive oil and prepare your cake mix as usual. You will create a new version if you also add orange juice (or replace milk completely) and a drop of Greek brandy (Metaxa brand, 5 stars is the best).

Less sugar than the usual recipe and add dark chocolate pieces or sultanas to enhance flavor. The result is fabulous!

Fluffy and aromatic, this cake is the perfect dessert to satisfy your sweet tooth. Go olive oil then and stay healthy!

The simple cake recipe:

One bag of self raising flour
Half a cup sugar
3-4 eggs
One cup olive oil
1-2 vanilla essence portions
1-2 oranges (the juice)
Some skimmed milk or a yoghurt 2% fat
Half a cup of sultanas (optional)
One bar of dark chocolate broken in small pieces
Some brandy
A pinch of salt

How to make it:

Mix olive oil with sugar and then add the eggs.
Add the flour, milk or yoghurt (you can use both if you wish),
Add the rest apart from the chocolate.
Pour mixture into a tin and add the chocolate pieces one by one so as they are covered completely by the cake mixture.
Bake at 150 C (you may need 180 in some ovens) for 3/4 of an hour or until golden.

Enjoy it!

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