This cake was made as part of my vegan baking blitz - exploring the word of vegan baking! Accidentally, this cake also happens to be gluten free. Since olive oil cake is one of my favorite cakes (tried three different versions here, here, and here), a vegan version was a must. I was inspired to make olive oil cake again after reading one of my favorite blogs, Souvlaki For The Soul after reading Peter's recipe for a semolina based olive oil cake. My favorite olive oil cake has cornmeal - something about the grittiness of the corn and the olive oil merry so well together. This time around I used semolina that picked up in the Italian district of Philly. I wasn't planning on adding figs until my husband came home with a haul of beautiful dried figs on baking day. They were going straight into that cake and the rest saved for cheese (and wine!) when Great Lent is over. When I think of figs, I often think of one of the most delicious cocktails I've ever had containing both whiskey and figs (at the Sapphire Hotel in Portland) - so whiskey naturally went into the cake. These were some distracting ingredients to make you not miss the eggs and milk this cake might have never needed.
Fig, Whiskey, and Olive Oil Cake (vegan and gluten free!)
- 1 cup semolina
- 1 cup almond flour
- 2/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1/2 lemon, juiced
- 1 cup sugar
- 3 teaspoons ground flax seeds
- 9 teaspoons hot water
- 1 cup dried figs, chopped
- 1 1/2 cups hot water
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup whiskey
- Powdered sugar for the top
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a small bowl, pour 1 1/2 cups hot water over figs. Let sit.
In cup, combine the rest of the hot water and flax seeds.
Combine semolina, almond flour, salt, and baking powder in a medium sized bowl.Mix in olive oil, sugar, whiskey, and flax seed mixture. Stir until everything is smooth. Drain fig and add them in. Pour into a greased baking vessel of your choice and bake for about 30 minutes.
Cool and dust with powdered sugar, add extra figs for aesthetics!