Recipe Makeover – How To Substitute Olive Oil For Butter In Baking

During my 25-plus years in the olive oil business, one of the thrilling changes I’ve seen has occurred at restaurants: More and more offer cakes and other baked desserts made with extra virgin olive oil, instead of butter. Home bakers, too, increasingly are foregoing the butter and baking cakes, tortes, brownies and more with olive … Read more

What to Do With a Ripe Pear? Make a Pear and Almond Cake w/ Olive Oil

Over the holidays we received a gift box of luscious Harry & David pears from our New York relatives, Tom and Lisa. They encouraged us to make a good dessert with them. So we did – and made the fabulous olive oil, pear and almond cake featured here. (Click here to see the recipe).   The … Read more

How to Bake Cakes & More w/ Extra Virgin Olive Oil … Instead of Butter

We bake with good extra virgin olive oil because it adds a wonderful, nuanced flavor to cakes, tortes, brownies, and bread. Moreover, baking with olive oil – instead of butter – is a good way to cut saturated fat. Plus, olive oil is loaded with monounsaturated fat, which promotes “good cholesterol.” So what’s not to … Read more

Baking a Better Holiday: A Trove of Baking Recipes Using Olive Oil – No Butter!

We challenged some talented food bloggers to create baking recipes using our extra virgin olive oil and flour from our friends at Bob’s Red Mill Natural Foods. We were blown away by the high-quality recipes they delivered — everything from almond cranberry chocolate chip quick bread to a spicy and moist gingerbread cake just in … Read more

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