Balsamic Poached Pears -
Orange Olive Oil Cake -
Recipe courtesy of Executive Chef Camille Withall of George's at Alys Beach
Preheat oven to 325° F. In a medium bowl, combine milk and orange juice. This mixture will thicken slightly while you mix almond meal, sugar, cornmeal, baking powder, soda, orange zest and salt in a separate bowl. Add olive oil, eggs and almond extract to the milk mixture and whisk until combined thoroughly. Stir this liquid mixture into the cornmeal mixture and pour into an oiled 9-inch springform pan. Rotating once, bake until golden (50-60 minutes) and a toothpick tester comes out clean. Garnish with oranges and a generous drizzle of Pecan Praline Balsamic Vinegar.
* Candied Orange Slices
Bring 2 cups of water and 1 cup of sugar to a boil in a shallow saucepan. Turn heat down to a simmer and add 3 oranges that have been cut into quarter inch thick slices. Cook for 6 minutes, then turn off the heat and allow the oranges to cool in the syrup.
Recipe adapted from Lucero Olive Oil
Preheat oven to 350F. Line an 8-inch square baking pan with a lightly floured piece of parchment paper.
Melt chocolate on the stove-top or in the microwave in a double boiler and whisk in the Olive Oil. Let cool.
Mix the flour and salt together in a small bowl. In a large bowl, beat the eggs and sugar until pale, thickened and billowy- about five minutes. Fold in the vanilla and the cooled chocolate mixture, then fold in the flour and nuts, stirring just until everything is combined. Pour into the prepared pan.
Bake for 22-26 minutes. Cool completely, then cut into squares