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Schiacciata alla Fiorentina

Schiacciata alla Fiorentina

Schiacciata alla Fiorentina – a very simple and moist cake typical of the city of Florence and usually eaten for Mardi Gras. This cake is amazingly soft and its characteristic yellowish colour is given by the orange juice and zest used in the batter.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 8
Author Manuela Zangara

Ingredients

  • 200 gms – 1 ½ cup + 1 tbsp plain flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 130 gms – 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 50 ml – 3 ½ tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 50 ml – 3 ½ tbsp milk or soy milk
  • Juice and zest grated of 1 orange
  • 16 gms – 4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Icing sugar and cocoa powder to decorate

Instructions

  1. Beat together the eggs and sugar, until fluffy and pale.
  2. Add the milk, extra virgin olive oil, vanilla extract, and orange juice and keep whisking.
  3. Fold in the flour, baking powder, salt, and orange zest and mix to incorporate.
  4. Pour the batter into a 20x26cm (8x10 inch) baking dish lined with baking paper.
  5. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 180°C – 355°F for 20 minutes or until cooked through.
  6. Let the schiacciata cool down completely, then dust with icing sugar and cocoa powder.
  7. Slice, serve and enjoy.

Recipe Notes

I made a template of the Florentine Lily by printing one from the web and cutting it out. Very easy. The Florentine Lily (which in reality is more of a stylised iris) is the symbol of Florence.