Saturday, November 13, 2010

Olive Oil: What A Sweetheart

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here are a lot of reasons why I like olive oil cakes, not the least of which is that they're quite tasty. Most of the time that's enough. And if that were all they had to offer, it would be plenty. But these cakes have something more going for them. Simply glance over the list of mega-health benefits from olive oil, and suddenly making (and eating) a cake feels almost virtuous.

Then there are those times when I need* to make a cake and I find myself without a dab of butter in the house. Olive oil to the rescue.

These cakes are dense, moist and flavorful, but not so sweet as to make your teeth ache. Even with a sugary glaze poured over the top of them, they are restrained in their sweetness, making them equally at home after dinner, for breakfast, or mid-afternoon with a mug of tea.
Want more? Check out this previous post: Olive Oil Cakes 
    * The word "need" in this instance can be anything from having guests over, going to a potluck, or simply a hankering for cake. 
    **Info regarding the new U.S. Olive Oil Standards
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    5 comments:

    1. an olive oil cake might make be the perfect antidote to all of the overly sweet baking this time of year. xo

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    2. Hi Maya!... Wait a minute, I must have missed something, we need an antidote for that? Hee hee! You're right though, around the holidays I start thinking about making these cakes.

      Oh, and FYI, I'm making your pumpkin muffins right now! How cool is that? :)

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    3. I love olive oil in a savory cake or pizza dough but I don't find it a great substitute for butter in sweet recipes.

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    4. Kristin... There is no substitute for butter! "It's the secret of life" (Gerard Depardieu to Queen Latifah in Last Holiday).

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    5. I paraphrased the movie quote above. It actually went like this:
      "You and I, we know the secret to life...it's butter."

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