Blackberry Lemon Thyme Olive Oil Cake
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Serves: one lovely loaf cake
 
A fruity & light cake with fresh summer ingredients like blackberries, fresh thyme and lemons! A perfect tea time cake or anytime of you ask me! This one is made with sweet olive oil for a wonderful moist consistency. A nice alternative to the blueberry muffin :)
What to get:
  • 1.5 cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 tsp lemon zest
  • 2 tsp chopped, FRESH thyme
  • 2-2.5 cups fresh blackberries (may need to cut large ones in half)
  • ¼ cup whole milk
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • 2 T Meyer Lemon EVOO (I get from WeOlive) *if you don't have, use more zest!
  • ¾ cup (less 2 T) extra virgin Olive Oil (EVOO), sweet variety like Arbequina or Koroneiki)
  • *Powdered sugar for topping cake
What to do:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. prepare loaf pan with butter/shortening and flour, set aside
  3. Combine dry ingress: flour, baking powder, salt.
  4. In small separate bowl, toss blackberries and fresh thyme with 2 T flour (this is to help berries to not sink to bottom of cake while baking!).
  5. In bowl of an electric mixer combine eggs, lemon zest and sugar, beating well.
  6. Add vanilla.
  7. Beat in milk.
  8. Add oil, gradually until incorporated.
  9. Add dry ingredient mix gradually till combined, only stirring lightly.
  10. Now gently stir in blackberry/thyme mixture until folded.
  11. Bake in loaf pan for about 40-50 min depending on pan and oven. Mine took 50 min, until toothpick inserted into center came out clean!
  12. Cool cake in pan, on rack for about 40 min, and slice.
  13. Dust top with powdered sugar and serve warm or at temperature.
Notes:
If the blackberries are very large, I cut into halves width-wise; otherwise they will most definitely sink to bottom of cake. Tossing the blackberries and thyme with flour prior to incorporating into batter aids in keeping them all from sinking to bottom of pan during the bake. the sweet olive oil is used instead of butter, but will make for a perfect texture and crust.
Serving size: I ate too much of it
Recipe by the dinnervine at http://www.dinnervine.com/2012/06/blackberry-lemon-thyme-olive-oil-cake/