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    Olive Oil Pound Cake with Glazed Apples

    Adapted from Stephanie Prida, Balsan, Chicago
    Yield: 8 servings

    * 3 cups all-purpose flour
    * 1½ tablespoons baking powder
    * ½ teaspoon salt
    * 4 large eggs
    * 1¼ cups sugar
    * Zest of 2 lemons (about 2 tablespoons)
    * 1½ cups Giangrandi delicate extra-virgin olive oil
    * ⅔ cup whole milk
    * ⅓ cup brandy
    * ⅓ cup fresh orange juice (from about 1 medium orange)
    * Glazed Apples (recipe follows)
    * 1 cup walnuts, toasted
    * Glazed Apples
    * 1 cup sugar
    * ¼ cup water
    * 4 Honeycrisp apples–peeled, cored and cut into ¼-inch slices (about 4 cups)
    * ½ cup apple cider
    * ½ cup Calvados

    1. Preheat the oven to 325˚ and arrange a rack in the middle. Coat a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray.

    2. Make the cake: In a medium bowl, whisk the flour with the baking powder and salt and set aside. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs with the sugar until combined; add the lemon zest, olive oil, milk, brandy and orange juice and whisk again until combined. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and whisk until combined.

    3. Transfer the batter to the prepared baking pan. Bake the cake, turning halfway through, until golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean, about 1 hour 15 minutes. Let the cake cool on a rack for 30 minutes, then run a knife around the edge of the loaf and invert it onto the rack and let cool completely.

    4. While the cake cools, make the apples: In a medium skillet, cook the sugar and water over medium heat, swirling the pan (do not stir the sugar and water with a spoon), until dark amber, about 8 minutes. Fold the apples into the caramelized sugar. Add the cider and Calvados and cook over medium heat until the apples are tender and translucent, about 8 minutes.

    5. Cut the loaf into 8 slices and divide among 8 plates. Garnish with the glazed apples and walnuts and serve immediately.

    The International Olive Council held a meeting in Reggio Calabria on 21 October 2010 to discuss Geographic Indications (GIs) for olive oil and table olives. Documents and presentations from the meeting were published on 4 November. Mohammed Ouhmad Sbitri, Executive Director of the IOC, in introductory remarks said, “These two products of the olive tree are key elements of the Mediterranean diet and are traded extensively on the international marketplace. This makes it essential to protect and showcase their attributes, and geographical indications are precisely the tools that are being used increasingly to do so.” Bestowing Geographic Indications is, however, not easy. Problems lie in what the criteria
    should be; who confers the special designation; and once an olive oil or table
    olive has the designation, who protects and polices it.
    Continue reading…

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