#EVOOChallenge: Dark Chocolate Chip Olive Oil Donuts

It’s the final day of the #EVOOChallenge. This challenge, in which we make foods with the only cooking fat being olive oil, was issued by Spartan Olive Oil. The goal is to highlight the benefits of using olive oil over its less healthy counterparts, I’m looking at you butter and vegetable oil. Search the hashtag on social media to see more great recipes!

While both olive oil and vegetable oil have 120 Calories and 14 grams of fat per tbsp, olive oil has 10 grams of monounsaturated fat (the good fat) whereas vegetable oil has only 3 grams of monounsaturated fat. Monounsaturated fat is actually good for your health; it reduces bad cholesterol and provides vitamin E. (Source: American Heart Association)

This unfiltered extra-virgin olive oil is made from the olives of 700 year old trees in Sparta, Greece. The flavorful oil has a rich golden color and smooth texture. I wanted to highlight the nutty, fruity flavor of the oil in my recipes this week.

I wanted to end the week on a sweet note and make dessert, or breakfast if you’re so inclined! I got a donut pan for my birthday last summer and thought it was about time it was christened! I brought my son into the kitchen and let him whisk the ingredients and add the pinch of salt… which ended up being more than a pinch… ah well!

I veered a bit from the recipe: I substituted cake flour for the pastry flour because I simply didn’t want to buy another flour variety (we’re moving in a couple of months and I really need to start cleaning house). I don’t know if chemically that was a valid substitution, but I ran away with it. I also used whole milk instead of buttermilk because I didn’t have any in the fridge. (Yes, I know there’s a substitution involving vinegar but for only 2 tbsp worth of milk I didn’t bother.) And yet another “lazy baker” change was to put dark chocolate chips inside the donuts instead of glazing them with a beautiful dark chocolate icing. With my first attempt at baking donuts I didn’t fully realize that the tops wouldn’t get golden so for aesthetic purposes they definitely benefit from a frosting. I wonder if it’d be possible to flip the donuts midway through the baking process to get both sides golden from the pan. (I’m just “talking” out loud here.)

Dark Chocolate Chip Olive Oil Donuts for the #EVOOChallenge from Sew You Think You Can Cook

My 18 month old snagged a donut during food photography took a little bite and declared them “good.”

This recipe makes 6 baked donuts.

Dark Chocolate Chip Donuts

Ingredients:

  • 1 C cake flour
  • 1/2 C sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 1/4 C dark chocolate chips

Steps:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease a 6 tin donut pan with olive oil.
  2. In a bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
  3. In another bowl, whisk together the eggs, olive oil, and milk.
  4. Combine the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until smooth. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  5. Divide batter evenly into prepared donut pan. Bake 10-15 minutes, until a toothpick inserted comes out cleanly.

*This recipe is modified from Tara at http://tarasmulticulturaltable.com/olive-oil-doughnuts-with-dark-chocolate-glaze-and-sea-salt/*

Dark Chocolate Chip Olive Oil Donuts for the #EVOOChallenge from Sew You Think You Can Cook (2)

Disclaimer: By participating in this 5 day challenge I received a bottle and pouch of Spartan Olive Oil. 

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#FoodieExtravaganza: Cherries

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Hey there foodie fans! February is National Cherry Month. I honestly have no idea why though because cherries aren’t in season until June! Maybe it’s because they’re red, tart, and sweet – the same descriptors one would use for their Valentine. Either way, a big thank you to Kaylin of Keep it Simple, Sweetie for hosting our event this month.

I was hoping to make Cherry Champagne Floats. I didn’t want to buy cherry liquor so thought it’d be fun to make it! I was really excited about this culinary endeavor and went in search of frozen cherries. Unfortunately the grocery stores here do not have frozen cherries! They have cherries in a cherry berry medley (which, fun fact, I use in smoothies) but there aren’t any bags of just cherries!

With cherries and ice cream on the brain I decided to go with dried cherries. I made an easy egg free ice cream base and tossed in chopped tart dried cherries and chopped up dark chocolate. I made this ice cream while my parents were visiting – I know my dad always needs something sweet after dinner and this ice cream would be perfect. It was a hit! It has that tart bite from the cherries, the smoothness from the ice cream, and that rich chocolate note from the dark chocolate.

This recipe makes 6-8 servings.

Vanilla Ice Cream with Dried Cherries and Dark Chocolate

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 C milk
  • 1/2 C sugar
  • 1 C heavy cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 C chopped dried cherries
  • 1/2 C chopped dark chocolate chips

Steps:

  1. In a saucepan over low heat, dissolve sugar in milk with a pinch of salt. Remove from heat and add in the cream and vanilla. Chill in refrigerator for at least an hour.
  2. Follow the instructions for your ice cream maker. Towards the end of churning, add in the dried cherries and chocolate chips. Freeze until ready to serve.

*This recipe is adapted from http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/cherry-chip-ice-cream-sandwiches*

Vanilla Ice Cream with Dried Cherries and Dark Chocolate | Sew You Think You Can Cook

Be sure to check out the rest of these perfect cherry recipes:

 Real Maraschino Cherries by Culinary Adventures with Camilla
 Fresh Cherry Crisp by Fearlessly Creative Mammas
 Chocolate Cherry Brownies by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
 Cherry Apple Crumble Tart by Food Lust People Love
Cherry Pie Bites by The Freshman Cook
Dark Cherry BBQ Sauce by The Joyful Foodie
Cherry Chocolate Coconut Slices by Baking in Pyjamas
Cherry Danishes by Passion Kneaded
 Dark Cherry-Cranberry Compote by Rhubarb and Honey
 National Cherry Month by A Day in the Life on the Farm
Cherry Glazed Cherry Muffins by We Like to Learn as We Go

17 Delicious Cherry Recipes
We hope you all enjoyed our delicious cherry packed foods this month and don’t forget to stop by to see what next month’s ingredient is!

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