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Fool-Proof Schiacciata Alla Fiorentina Recipe from Chef Patrizia Steccato
Preparation and cooking time – 40 min.
Serves 4-6 people.
- 3 large eggs at room temp.
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract
- 1 large orange, juice & zest
- ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
- ½ cup milk, room temp.
- 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- 3 tbsp powdered sugar
- 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- Fleur de Lis stencil (optional, for the cocoa emblem)
- Preheat oven to 360℉. Butter & flour an 8” x 10” baking pan (square or circular pan are also fine).
- Zest orange and set aside. Squeeze out remaining juice and set aside separately from the zest.
- Using a mixer, beat eggs, sugar and vanilla on high for at least 5 minutes. Beat in the orange zest and olive oil on low speed. Add the orange juice and milk and beat for a minute.
- In a small bowl, whisk the baking powder and flour. Add in half of the flour into the egg mixture you just made and mix on low. Then fold in the other half. Pour the batter in the buttered pan and bake for 30 minutes.
How to tell if the cake is done: nice golden brown color, and when poked, a toothpick comes out clean.
- After removing your cake from the oven, let it cool in the pan until the top feels firm. Flip cake onto a cooling rack to demold, then flip it back onto a flat surface for decorating.
- Dust cocoa powder over the entire surface of the cake using a sieve/fine mesh strainer. Place your Fleur de Lis stencil on the cake and dust powdered sugar through the sieve to cover the full cake. Gently remove the stencil and serve.