By Elaine Trigiani

Elaine Trigiani develops recipes, writes, and teaches olive oil tasting seminars and olive oil cooking classes in the United States and in Italy.

Aunt Ida's Pound Cake, Olive Oil Version

  • 1-1/4 cups olive oil    
  • 3 cups sugar   
  • Seeds from 1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise and scraped with the back of a knife      
  • 3 cups flour   
  • 9 eggs   
Oil and flour the baking pans, and cut a piece of parchment to fit the bottom of the pan.
In an electric mixer, mix olive oil, sugar and vanilla until well combined. Add eggs 3 at a time with 1 cup of flour until they are all used, mixing well after each addition.
Pour batter into prepared pans and bake at about 350 degrees F for 1 hour (80 minutes for the tube pan). Cool in pan.

Yields 1 tube pan, 2 large loaf pans or 3 smaller loaf pans