Bellucci Premium Reveals Ways to Bake with Olive Oil Instead of Butter

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Bellucci Premium, a high-quality extra virgin olive oil producer, announces ways to use olive oil in baking, in place of butter.

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Bellucci Premium, a producer of high-quality extra virgin olive oil, discusses how to substitute butter for olive oil when baking and the benefits of making the switch.

Natalie Sexenian, Bellucci Premium’s Marketing Manager, says, “Baking with olive oil instead of butter is a great way to decrease the intake of cholesterol and saturated fat in your diet, and increase the intake of monounsaturated fat, otherwise known as the 'good' fat. Olive oil is packed with antioxidants and has been proven to decrease the likelihood of cardiovascular disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, and obesity.”

She says, “I think some people are a little apprehensive about the idea of baking with olive oil, when actually it has been used for centuries in baking. Some people are concerned with taste. They think if they use olive oil in lieu of butter or any other oil when baking, that their end product will taste off. One way to combat this is to look at the harvest date of your olive oil. Olive oil that has a late harvest date will taste less strong than olive oil that has a more recent harvest date.Light and extra-light olive oil could be used, but then it is defeating the purpose of introducing optimal amounts of healthy fats and nutrients due to light and extra-light olive oil’s processed nature.”

Sexenian says, “Another great benefit of baking with olive oil in place of butter is that your baked goods will last longer! Olive oil is rich in vitamin E, which naturally preserves baked goods by keeping them moist.” She adds, “The amount of olive oil you need to use in a recipe turns out to be less than the amount of butter you need to use. For example, if a recipe calls for one cup of butter, you would only need a three-quarter cup of olive oil.”

Bellucci offers three different types of oil, including an organic option, with a mild peppery flavor and fruity undertones that will satisfy any palate. Bellucci Premium Toscano extra virgin olive oil uses olives that are grown on the beautiful landscapes of Tuscany, and maintained by 3rd and 4th generation farmers. The third type of oil Bellucci produces is the finest 100% Italian extra virgin olive oil, grown in many different regions of Italy.

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