Holiday Primer: Baking with Extra Virgin Olive Oil … Not Butter

We go out of our way during the holidays – actually, all the time – to bake with extra virgin olive oil instead of butter for desserts like cakes, tortes, brownies, etc. That may mean preparing a baking recipe that specifically calls for olive oil – or substituting olive oil in a recipe that calls … Read more

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

A Savory Muffin with a Feta and Sage Kick

Matthew Kadey loves muffins. So much so that he’s devoted an entire food blog to the topic: Muffin Tin Mania. There, he provides flavorful and healthy recipes for sweet and savory muffins. The feta sage muffins featured here fall into the latter camp. (Click here to see the recipe.) “So moist and full of savory … Read more

Baking a Better Holiday: Chocolate-Dipped Biscotti and Hazelnut Shortbread

We recall vividly the wonderful aroma of Christmas cookies baking in the oven while growing up. Cookies are in many people’s ovens this time of year, including our own. And you don’t need butter to make a good cookie. Instead, we’ll be using extra virgin olive oil to prepare our cookies — namely the chocolate-dipped … Read more

Daniel Leader’s Rosemary and Olive Oil Bread

Dan Leader moved his family to New York’s Catskill Mountains in 1983. His dream: build a wood-fired, brick oven bread bakery and establish a healthy life. It’s fair to say he succeeded … wildly so. Leader’s rural bakery, Bread Alone Bakery, mow boasts an international reputation. The bakery produces organic whole grain breads and natural, … Read more


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