This is such a great time of year.  Most of us are in full blown holiday mode, however you celebrate. I love to entertain as much as possible and some years that is more than others.  This year I am hosting two family Hanukkahs and hope to have lots of nights with friends just hanging out.

So my menu planning and baking has begun. First up, Hanukkah; In addition to traditional latkes, I know for sure I am trying a latke recipe I found on The Nosher for “everything” latkes. They sound incredible. I’m sure I’ll make brisket and some sort alternative for those that don’t eat red meat.

You have to have lots of sweets. After all we are celebrating the sweetness of victory and the miracle of the oil. This year, I am making an Orange Olive Oil cake that has been in my repertoire for a while but has never made it to my Hanukkah table. It’s actually the perfect Hanukkah cake.  It is made with olive oil and the better the quality the more olive oil taste you will get.  I love using a “New” olive oil. It like the Beaujolais Nouveau of olive oil.  It has a sweet taste at the front and a peppery finish. It works so well in this cake.

I’ll keep you posted as I my menu expands. I’d love to hear from you about what you’re serving!

On a side note, I was really struggling what to get for all the people that help take care of my home and life. You know the gal that keeps my eyebrows looking good and the gardener that keeps my house looking beautiful.  I always give a gift card but try to find something personal too.  This year I am trying a recipe for homemade, stamped peppermints.  Here’s the link Homemade Stamped Peppermints but I will let you know how mine come out.

I hope you all have a great holiday season!

 
Orange Olive Oil Cake
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Servings
6
Servings
6
Orange Olive Oil Cake
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Servings
6
Servings
6
Ingredients
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Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Oil a 9" springform pan
  3. In a medium bowl combine almond meal, flour and baking powder.
  4. In another bowl, with an electric mixer, beat eggs until frothy.
  5. Slowly add the sugar and beat until light and thickened.
  6. Slowly add flour mixture, then zest, juice and olive oil, until just combined. Do not overwork.
  7. Pour mixture into prepared pan and bake 50-60 minutes until toothpick comes out clean. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes.
  8. Garnish with orange slices, mint leaves and a sprinkle of powdered sugar or a dollop of whipped cream.
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