It’s time for delicious oranges from Sicily, which made me search for recipes using our ample orange supply. I came upon a traditional orange sponge cake made in Florence for Carnivale, the period before the Christian season of Lent. I quickly found a recipe in an American cookbook, using butter and all-purpose flour. However, I wanted to find an Italian recipe and this is what I used: https://ricette.giallozafferano.it/schiacciata-fiorentina.html
In Florence, families pass down their favorite version of this recipe over generations. Most Florentine family recipes apparently use olive oil made in the Tuscan region. Since we bought a flavorful olive oil from Tuscany, I decided to try it.
At first I worried the strong taste of the olive oil would overpower the cake, but it turned out light and delicious. With the recipe written in Italian, I had to look up words and measure ingredients with grams. It was fun! To read a different version of a recipe for this in English, look here: https://www.196flavors.com/italy-schiacciata-alla-fiorentina/
We printed out the template for the Fleur-de-Lis, a symbol of Florence, and dusted the top with cocoa. Delizioso!