I bought Clotilde Dusoulier's Chocolate & Zucchini--a beautiful, fun book based on her blog--a while ago, but hadn't yet made any of the recipes. One, however, was always on my mind. The chorizo, tomato, & pistachio "cake" seemed the perfect thing to snack on with a glass of wine. So, when I was invited to a trivia contest last night, I decided to bake a loaf to take with me.
The original recipe calls for Spanich chorizo, a spicy dried sausage that's similar to pepperoni. I used Mexican chorizo, which is much easier to find, that I cooked in a skillet before adding to the batter.
And, since I can't seem to find shelled pistachios at any of my local grocery stores, I used pine nuts instead.
Chorizo, Tomato, & Pine Nut Cake
Adapted from Chocolate & Zucchini by Clotilde Dusoulier
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
2 tablespoons sesame seeds
1 1/4 cups unbleached AP flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
3 large eggs
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup buttermilk (or plain, whole-milk yogurt)
3 1/2 ounces Mexican chorizo, cooked.
12 sun-dried tomato halves, packed in oil, finely diced
3/4 cup pine nuts, toasted
1/4 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
- Preheat the oven to 350F.
- Butter a 9-inch loaf pan and sprinkle in 1 tablespoon of the sesame seeds, tilting the pan to distribute them.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, and pepper.
- In a medium bowl, mix together the eggs, salt, and pepper. Add the oil and buttermilk .
- Sift the dry ingredients into the egg mixture, stirring until barely incorporated. Don't overmix.
- Gently fold in the chorizo, tomatoes, pine nuts, and parsley.
- Scrape the batter into the prepared pan, smooth the top, and sprinkle with the remaining sesame seeds.
- Bake for 40 to 50 minutes, until a knife inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cool for 15 minutes, then run a knife around the edge of the pan to get out the loaf.
- Slice when cool. This is really important! My loaf was still warm--hot, really--when I sliced it and it was very crumbly!