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zucchini bread

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cup grated zucchini
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup SOOC lemon olive oil
  • 1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest (optional)
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Directions:

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Prepare an 8-inch pan by coating the sides and bottom with olive oil.
  3. In a large bowl, mix together the grated zucchini, brown sugar, olive oil, yogurt, eggs, and vanilla extract.
  4. In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder and spices. Fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Fold in the walnuts and lemon zest if using.
  5. Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan and bake for 40 to 55 minutes. The bread is done when a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.
  6. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Remove the bread from the pan and cool on the rack completely before cutting and serving.

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Ingredients:Image-361

– 5 C rolled oats
– 1 C wheat germ
– 1 tbs ground cinnamon
– 1/4 C brown sugar
– 1 tsp ground nutmeg
– 1 tbs vanilla extract
– 1/2 C dried coconut flakes
– 1/4 C SOOC Espresso balsamic vinegar
– 1/2 C SOOC Blood Orange extra-virgin olive oil
– 1/4 C water
– 1/2 C raisins or craisins
– 1/2 C sliced almonds

Directions:

– Preheat oven to 325 degrees
– Mix oats, wheat germ, brown sugar, coconut, cinnamon, and nutmeg together in a bowl. Add Blood Orange EVOO, Espresso balsamic, vanilla extract, and water. Mix all ingredients well and spread onto a baking sheet.
– Bake about one hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Granola should be crunchy when it is done. Combine granola, almonds, and raisins/craisins into a bowl and mix.

Enjoy this granola over your favorite yogurt or with milk!

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One of our employees found this recipe on Pinterest, originally from http://www.bakerbettie.com and modified a few things. Of course we had to add some olive oil to it! This recipe is gluten free and vegan, too!

Ingredients:

– 2 1/2 cups gluten free rolled oatsDSC_0668-770x550
– 1 cup mashed ripe bananas (2-3 bananas)
– 1/2 cup peanut butter
– 1 tbs brown sugar
– 1 tbs honey
– 2 tbs SOOC Butter EVOO
– 1/2 tsp cinnamon
– 2 tsp baking powder
– Almond milk or water (if needed)
– 3/4 cup chocolate chips
– Rice flour to coat pan

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Pulse rolled oats in a food processor or blender until a flour-like consistency.
3. Combine the rest of the ingredients to the blender or mixing bowl, except the chocolate chips. Save one tablespoon of butter EVOO to grease the pan. Blend or mix until consistent and thick. Almond milk or water may be added if the mixture is too dry. The batter should be thick, but not crumbly!
4. Fold chocolate chips into the mixture.
5. Use the remaining tablespoon of butter EVOO to grease a 9×5 pan. Sprinkle rice flour into the pan and shake to coat the pan evenly. Dump out the remaining flour.
6. Pour the batter into the pan and spread evenly. Top with chocolate chips, if desired.
7. Bake for 30 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean.
You can also substitute SOOC Butter EVOO with SOOC Butternut squash seed oil for a richer flavor!

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We found this olive oil cake recipe from Nigella Lawson and thought this would be a great treat that is still kinda heart healthy!!                          

 Ingredients: 

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  • ⅔ cup SOOC Arbequina extra-virgin olive oil (plus more for greasing)
  • 6 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa (sifted)
  • ½ cup boiling water
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups almond meal (or 125g plain flour / 3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour)
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 cup superfine sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • SOOC Raspberry balsamic vinegar (optional, for topping)

Note: For a fun twist, substitute Arbequina olive oil with SOOC Blood Orange olive oil or any flavor you wish.

Directions: 

  • Preheat your oven to 325ºF. Grease a 9-inch springform tin with a little oil and line the base with baking parchment.
  • Measure and sift the unsweetened cocoa into a bowl and whisk in the boiling water until you have a smooth, still runny (but only just) paste. Whisk in the vanilla extract, then set aside to cool.
  • In another bowl, combine the almond meal (or flour) with the baking soda and pinch of
    salt.
  • Put the sugar, olive oil and eggs into the bowl of a freestanding mixer with the paddle attachment (or other bowl and whisk arrangement of your choice) and beat together vigorously for about 3 minutes until you have a pale-primrose, aerated and thickened cream.
  • Turn the speed down a little and pour in the cocoa mixture, beating as you go, and when all is scraped in you can slowly tip in the ground almond (or flour) mixture.
  • Pour liquid batter into the prepared tin. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until the sides are set and the very center, on top, still looks slightly damp.
  • Let cool for 10 minutes, then ease the sides of the cake with a small spatula and spring it out of the tin. Serve with ice cream, fresh raspberries, and drizzle with SOOC Raspberry balsamic vinegar.

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Choose between a gluten-free Almond Flour Crust or an Olive Oil Crust for this tasty classic!

Almond Flour Pie Crust

2 ½ cups almond meal or almond flour

4 tablespoons Butter Extra Virgin Olive Oil

3 tablespoons Honey

Heat oven to 350°F. Mix the ingredients up in a bowl until combined and pat into the pie plate with your fingertips. Bake for about 10 minutes until the crust is beginning to brown. After 8 minutes, check every minute or so, because once it starts to brown it goes quickly.

Olive Oil Pie Crust

2 ½ cups flour

1 Tbls sugar

1 tsp salt

½ cup Butter Extra Virgin Olive Oil

2/3 cup buttermilk

1 tsp vanilla

Mix the dry together and add the oil, buttermilk and vanilla. Combine all the ingredients together till just wet and you can handle it in your hands. Split dough into two balls and flatten out with your palm, flour the counter top and roll out till 1/8 inch think or till desired size.

Bake at 400°F for 10 min or just till the edge turns light brown.

Pumpkin Pie filling

1 can pumpkin

1 ½ cups half and half

1 egg

½ tsp nutmeg

½ tsp cinnamon

1 box of Butterscotch pudding mix

¼ cup brown sugar (optional for sweeter pie)

Preheat the oven to 350°F. In a bowl combine all the ingredients and mix well. Pour into the pie crust and bake for 45 min, once the top is nice and golden take out of the oven and let cool.

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Beignet Ingredients

1/2 cup boiling water 2 tbsp. unsalted butter
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1/3 whole milk
1/2 pkg. yeast
1/4 cup warm water
2 eggs, beaten
3 3/4 cups sifted flour
Powdered sugar, for dusting

    Directions
    Pour boiling water over butter, sugar and salt. Add milk. Let stand until warm. Dissolve yeast in warm water. Add to milk mixture with the beaten egg. Stir in 2 cups flour. Beat. Add enough flour to make a soft dough. Cover with waxed paper and a cloth; chill until ready to use. Roll dough to 1/4 inch thickness. Do not let dough rise before frying. Cut into squares and fry a few at a time in deep hot fat at 360 degrees. Brown; turn and brown on other side. Drain; sprinkle with powdered sugar.
    Makes around two dozen.
    For The Aged Blackberry-Ginger Balsamic Reduction
    1 cup SOOC Blackberry-Ginger Balsamic
    In a medium saucepan over low heat, slowly reduce the balsamic vinegar by 50%.  You should have 1/2 cup.  Allow to cool to room temperature which will thicken it further. Serve with warm beignets.

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    The Cupcakes
    2 2/3 cups all purpose flour
    2 tsp. baking soda
    2 tsp. baking powder
    2 tsp. ground cinnamon
    1/4 teaspoon fresh grated nutmeg
    1 tsp. salt
    1 15 oz. can solid pack pumpkin (1 3/4 cups)
    1 cup granulated sugar
    1 cup dark brown sugar
    1 cup sweet Extra Virgin Olive Oil such as Arbequina EVOO or Sweet Barnea EVOO
    4 large eggs

    Directions
    Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line three standard muffin tins or one giant muffin tin with cupcake papers.  Sift together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.  In a separate large bowl, combine the pumpkin, sugars and extra virgin olive oil.  Add the eggs one at a time beating after each addition.

    Add the flour in three additions to the wet ingredients and mix until just combined and no flour can be seen.  Fill the muffin tins and bake the cupcakes for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in to the center of a cupcake comes out clean.

    Makes 36 standard cupcakes or 12 giant cupcakes

    Cinnamon-Vanilla Buttercream
    1 cup granulated sugar
    4 large egg whites
    1 teaspoon cinnamon
    2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    1/4 tsp. salt
    3 sticks unsalted butter cut in to 1/2 inch cubes and brought to (room temperature!)

    Put the sugar, egg whites and salt in to a metal mixing bowl. Place the bowl over a saucepan of simmering water and stir constantly with a whisk until the mixture feels very warm to the touch (about 3-4 minutes)  Remove the bowl from the heat.  Working with the whisk attachment or with a hand mixer, beat the meringue on medium speed until it reaches room temperature (about 5 minutes).  Add the butter cubes one at a time to beating after each addition until smooth. Once all the butter in incorporated, add the cinnamon and vanilla beating until fully incorporated. Allow the cupcakes to cool before frosting.

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    2 cups white whole wheat flour
    2 cups ground whole grain corn meal
    1 tablespoon baking powder
    1 teaspoon salt
    1 cup whole milk
    2 large eggs
    1/2 cup whole milk yogurt
    1/2 cup honey
    1/2 cup SOOC lemon extra virgin olive oil
    fresh grated zest from one lemon
    2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries

    Directions

    Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  Grease or line muffin cups or miniature loaf pans.  In a large bowl, mix together the dry ingredients.  In a separate bowl mix the wet ingredients and lemon zest.  In three separate additions, add the went ingredients to the dry, scraping down the bowl.  Gently fold in the berries.  Fill the muffin cups or loaf pans half way with batter.  Bake in the center of oven for 20-25 minutes until a tester inserted in to the middle comes out clean.  Makes 18 standard size muffins or one dozen muffins and one large or two miniature loaf pans.

    

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    Banana Bread

    Preheat the oven to 350.  Thoroughly grease a standard loaf pan with one teaspoon of SOOC Butter Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

    In a large bowl whisk together thoroughly:
    1 cup all-purpose flour
    1/2 cup whole wheat flour
    1 teaspoon salt
    2 teaspoons baking powder
    1 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)

    In a separate bowl blend together:
    6 tablespoons SOOC Butter Extra Virgin Olive Oil
    2/3 cup sugar
    2 large eggs, lightly beaten

    Fold in until combined:

    1 cup mashed very ripe bananas (about 2)
    1/2 cup toasted chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)

    Combine the wet ingredients in the bowl with the dry ingredients until just incorporated – do not over mix.  Scrape the batter into a pan and spread evenly. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 50 to 60 minutes. Let cool in the pan on a rack for 5 to 10 minutes before taking out of pan to cool completely on the rack.

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    3/4 Cup       Walnut Oil
    1 tsp.            Vanilla
    2 1/4 Cup   Flour
    1 tsp.            Baking Soda
    3/4 Cup       Brown Sugar
    2                    Eggs
    2 1/4 Cup    Sugar
    1 tsp.            Salt
    12 oz.           Chocolate Chips

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large mixing bowl, blend the Walnut oil, eggs, vanilla, brown sugar and sugar until creamy. Then mix in the chocolate chips, flour, baking soda and salt. Place on a greased or non-stick cookie sheet and bake for 10 to 12 minutes for about five dozen cookies.

    Enjoy!

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