Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Chocolate Olive Oil: Tuesday Tips

Here's a great Tuesday Tip: How to use and make Chocolate Olive Oil. I often cook with olive oil,  because Chocolate and Olive Oil are such a great pairing. But did you know there's Chocolate Olive Oil? Several artisan olive oil companies make it. It's great to substitute in chocolate recipes that call for olive oil or in salad dressing (and toss in some cocoa nibs) or pour over ice-cream, quick breads, pound cake, pancakes, fruit, or waffles. In baking, it can replace butter and other oils (check measurements) as in chocolate chip cookies, brownies, cupcakes, and bread. It's even good with BBQ to add depth and nuance. I like to dip a good baquette in chocolate olive oil. So many possibilities. Be sure to scroll down for the Double Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe made with Chocolate Olive Oil.

Chocolate Olive Oils

Wild Groves
https://wildgroves.com

Chocolate Infused Certified Extra Virgin Olive Oil
http://www.lucerooliveoil.com/flavor-infused-olive-oil/chocolate-infused-olive-oil.html

Queen Creek Olive Mill
http://queencreekolivemill.com/store/oils/chocolate-olive-oil.html

Nudo Extra Virgin Chocolate Olive Oil 
https://www.nudoadopt.com/

(great story from Jason Gibb on Fathom)

http://fathomaway.com/jason-gibb-searches-for-chocolate-olive-oil/

And, you can make Chocolate Olive Oil yourself. Here's how! 

Chocolate Olive Oil
Recipe from Colavita Olive Oil

Ingredients 
3/4 cup Colavita Extra Virgin Olive Oil
6 squares Perugina 85% Cocoa Extra Dark Chocolate, coarsely chopped
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp espresso powder

Directions
Position rack in middle position in oven; preheat to 275 degrees F.
Place chopped Perugina chocolate, vanilla extract, and espresso powder in heatproof measuring cup or bowl. Pour olive oil on top. Give everything gentle stir to combine.
Place heatproof bowl on baking sheet, and place in preheated oven.
Leave bowl in oven for 1 hour, stirring mixture every 15 minutes to prevent chocolate sticking to  bottom of vessel.
Remove baking sheet with chocolate olive oil mixture, and place on top of wire rack. It will bubble for a few minutes. Let cool to room temperature. Once cooled, pour mixture into serving bowl (if using immediately) or airtight container (if storing).
Note: There will be some small chocolate bits in bottom of mixture; if these bother you, pour mixture through strainer.
Store mixture in airtight container at room temperature. Some separation may occur after it sits a while, sort of like how natural peanut butter will have oil resting on top. Stir mixture to re-incorporate.

Double Chocolate Chip Cookies made with Chocolate Olive Oil
Recipe from Wild Groves

Ingredients
1 Cup White Flour
1 1/4 Cup Whole Wheat Flour
1 tsp Baking Soda
1 tsp Salt
1/2 Stick Butter Softened
1/2 Cup Chocolate Olive Oil
3/4 Cup Sugar
3/4 Cup Brown Sugar
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
2 Large Eggs
2 Cups Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
1 Cup Walnuts Chopped (optional)

Directions:
Bake at 375 Degrees F ( 9-11 min, or until golden brown)
Mix flour, baking soda and salt in bowl.
Beat chocolate olive oil, butter, sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in larger bowl or mixer until creamy.
Add eggs (one at a time) beating well.
Slowly add in flour mixture.
Stir in chocolate chips, and nuts.
Scoop and put on baking tin.

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