Mini Olive Oil and Ricotta Pound Cakes with Chocolate Covered Orange Peel

TOTAL TIME: 1 hr 55 min
Prep: 20 min
Inactive Prep: 45 min
Cook: 50 min
 
YIELD: 8 servings
LEVEL: Easy

ingredients

  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups whole-milk ricotta cheese, room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cups organic cane sugar
  • 1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon Italian extra-virgin olive oil
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • 1 vanilla bean, scraped
  • 3 eggs
  • One 3.2-ounce orange peel flavored chocolate bar, chopped
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      Directions

      Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter an 8-cup mini loaf pan with 1 tablespoon of the butter.

      Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt in a medium mixing bowl. Whip together the remaining 1/4 cup butter, the ricotta, sugar, olive oil, orange zest and vanilla bean seeds in a separate large bowl with an electric mixer on low speed. Add the dry ingredients and continue to beat until light and airy, another 3 minutes. Drop the eggs into the mix session one at a time. Drop in the chocolate bits and stir with a spatula until they are evenly spread throughout the batter.

      Pour the batter into the mini loaf pans and bake for 40 to 50 minutes. Insert toothpicks into the pound cakes to see if it pulls out clean.

      Allow the cakes to cool in the pans for about 10 minutes, and then transfer to a wire rack to cool fully.

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      • on August 15, 2013

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        MMMMMMMMM yummy! I couldn't find full fat Riocotta where I live so had to use "Part Skim", but they turned out really good. They are moist and the flavors of dark chocolate and orange zest are a great combo! Thanks Nadia!

        I didn't have the 8 cup mini loaf pan, so I used a cupcake pan and cooked them for 20 minutes. It worked just fine. :

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      • on June 24, 2013

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        This cake is yummy, the chocolate and the orange add so much flavor. I followed the recipe and it turned out wonderfully. The hardest part of the recipe is finding the orange peel chocolate, but I will stock up on it as I will be making this many times in the future.

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