Replacing Butter with Olive Oil in Baking

Replacing butter with Olive Oil
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Baking is a joy for those who crave it. The colours, the tastes, the textures, the aromas: it all comes together to make the baker and his/her lucky loved ones utterly delighted!

Though Olive Oil isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when we think of baking pizzas or pies, it absolutely should be. Butter has some things going for it, yes, but Olive Oil has been proven time and again as one of the most versatile and delicious cooking ingredients of all time, so it’s only natural for it to put up a strong fight for this throne as well!

Replacing butter with olive oil in baking is the simplest way to innovate for every baker out there, and we’re here to tell you everything you need to know before you make the transition!

How exactly is it better than Butter?

  • Easy to Stir: The great thing about baking with olive oil is that stirring it is child’s play. Though butter helps puff up the bread for baking, softened butter is so difficult to stir that you’ll need to whip out your hand or stand mixer. For olive oil though, you just need a spoon. The kneaded dough will also turn out considerably shinier, and for bakers fruitfully obsessed with presentation, that’s as good as it gets!
  • It’s Healthier: Ounce by ounce, olive oil has significantly less saturated fat than butter and significantly more mono-saturated fats (the ones that are actually incredibly good for you), so it’s often a more heart-healthy choice atop vegetables and other dip and dressing friendly foods.

    Baking with Olive Oil
    Baking with Olive Oil
  • It isn’t Dairy: Butter is Dairy. More people around the world – possibly including your next set of guests for dinner or your imminently visiting relatives, dear home chefs- are allergic to dairy than peanuts, soy and fish! That’s a large number of people who’ve just been given an excuse not to taste your delicious olive oil strawberry cake!
  • It Has a Higher Smoke Point:. Butter has a very low burn point, which makes it ill-suited to anything more than pan frying. The burn point of the toughest olive oil- pomace- is around 470 º F (243 º C) with extra virgin olive oil’s being 375 º F (190 ºC), which covers all cooking between shallow to deep frying and beyond; meanwhile, butter’s burn point is about 300 degrees F (150 degrees C) which limits you to much lesser indulgence than you’d like!
  • It enhances flavour: Olive oil comes in various types, and each of those has a distinct taste. To enhance the flavour of your recipe, depending on what kind you use; Veggies, pasta, rice, salads and breads can all be cooked-in or accented-with heart-healthy oils instead of potentially artery-clogging butter.

How exactly does Olive Oil replace Butter?

It’s incredibly important to absolutely nail the conversion amounts in baking recipes- it’s the difference between a chocolate cookie and a chocolate rookie.

Olive Oil to butter conversion chart
Olive Oil to butter conversion chart

The conversion chart above is appropriate for most cake and pastry recipes where quantities are critical, which is pretty much all of them.

What does Olive Oil taste like?

As compared to the sole salty flavour of Butter, which may be perfect for some dishes but is inherently limited in usage, olive oil has three types, and thus, three unique flavours. For instance, Extra Virgin Olive Oil has a Robust and Fruity flavour, Pure Olive Oil has a Smooth and Balanced Flavour and Pomace Olive Oil is neutral in flavour, allowing you room to experiment!

It’s best to use olive oil when a light, nutty flavour will complement the dish being prepared. For instance, a beautiful rocket leaf salad with olive oil is exquisite; melted butter on top simply wouldn’t create the same effect! It’s also the basis for one of the fastest selling appetizer recipes in the world- focaccia bread!

How to Get Started Right Away

You have all the information now; not only is Olive Oil healthier than butter, it’s much more versatile in its usage, flavours, textures- you name it. Keep a bottle of Leonardo Olive Oil in your kitchen cabinet and it’ll allow you to experiment and play around with recipes, all the while keeping you and your family safe from a number of ailments and odd inconveniences.

Olive Oil is the answer, no matter what the question!