If you happen to walk around Florence at this time of year, take a close look at the bakeries' windows; you will almost certainly see the " Schiacciata Fiorentina" which is a typical sponge cake scented with orange made during the Italian carnival celebrations.
Having said that this cake is now being made all around the year. Traditionally made with lard, I have used olive oil instead as I prefer lighter cakes if possible.
But let's not wait any longer. Let's go ahead with the recipe and get baking! You can fill the cake with custard if you like.
- Prep Time : 15 minutes
- Cook Time : 25 minutes
In a bowl mix the eggs with the sugar, the oil and the flour. Then add the juice and zest of the orange. You need to reach a smooth consistency. Add some milk if the mixture seems dry.
Lay a sheet of baking paper in a baking tray then pour the mixture over it. Cook at 180C for about 25 minutes until slightly golden on top
Cut the cake into squares and sprinkle with icing sugar
You can decorate with orange zest.
As I have used Sicilian oranges which are now in season I'm pleased to enter my Schiacciata into Simple and in Season over at Ren Behan.