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Monday, September 26, 2005 

Chefs for Humanity

Chefs Ming Tsai, left, and Cat Cora, right, prepare meals for Hurricane Katrina workers in the Bayou View Elementary School kitchen in Gulfport, Miss., Thursday, Sept. 15, 2005. Chefs for Humanity, a coalition of chefs and culinary professionals, is helping to provide meals and food management for emergency workers in the Gulf coast area. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

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Cat Cora's Olive Oil Cake: Ladi Tourta

3 large eggs, beaten
2 cups granulated sugar
12 ounces extra-virgin olive oil
10 ounces milk
2 ounces orange liqueur
2 ounces fresh orange juice
3 teaspoons lemon zest
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
4 ounces blanched almonds, finely chopped
Powdered sugar, for garnish

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter a 10-inch cake pan. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, sugar, olive oil, milk, liqueur, orange juice, and lemon zest. Sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Mix the dry mixture into the wet mixture. Whisk until well blended. Fold in the almonds. Pour the mixture into the buttered cake pan. Bake for 1 hour. Place on a rack to cool. Run a knife around the edges and place it on a plate. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve.

I bet that cake has a really interesting flavor with the olive oil in it. Usually I see cake recipes calling for a lighter olive oil than extra-virgin so that bold flavor doesn't come through. I just might have to try this. . . : )

I used to see Ming Tsai on Food Network all the time and enjoyed his show, but haven't seen him in a long time. I haven't seen Cat Cora either, but I'll have to keep an eye out for her. She..er, her recipes look delicious.

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