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If your Dreamscape is redolent with the perfume of truffles unearthed nearby, shaved paper-thin over fresh-made ravioli, plump with Pecorino delivered from the local dairy farmer, plated with a drizzle of oil pressed from the most recent harvest from olive grove located in the agriturismo just down the road, Tuscan Women Cook might be calling your name. You can always enjoy a taste of Tuscany from your own kitchen with the cookbook: Tuscan Women Cook: Nonnas. Memories. Recipes.
Enjoy this delicious recipe from the cookbook.
Tuscan Olive Oil Cake
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons corn starch
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
1 cup light olive oil
1 ¼ cup milk
3 large eggs
1 ½ cups granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ cup lemon juice
Zest from 3 lemons
Confectioners’ sugar, for dusting
1. Place a rack in the center of the oven. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a 9-inch cake pan. Line bottom and sides with parchment paper OR dust it with flour.
2. Stir together the flour, cornstarch, salt, baking powder and baking soda in a mixing bowl until well combined.
3. Combine the olive oil and milk in a separate bowl.