As most of you know I cook and bake all the time. I love eating and sharing the recipes I create with my family, especially anything with chocolate. Since we eat a lot of snacks and baked goods I attempt to use healthier oils and natural sweeteners instead of butter and sugar. Recently I was given the opportunity to try Emile Noel Artisan Extra Virgin Olive Oil and share my review with all of you.
Emile Noel was founded in 1920. It was founded by Emile Noel, who grew up in the south of France and lived in the oil mill that his father had founded. The company is still family run and in 1972 was the first oil miller in France to press organically-farmed seeds. They also started fair trade with sesame growers in Africa long before the fair trade movement became mainstream.
The company offers a variety of organic virgin olive nut and seed oils including mild olive, robust olive, sesame, toasted sesame, sunflower, pumpkin seed, hazelnut, walnut, and macadamia nut. The oil are extracted using a first cold-pressed process in which the seeds don't get too hot and instead release their oil slowly, allowing for great flavor. Currently, Emile Noel offers over 20 organic virgin vegetable oils, including blended oils that combine the benefits of each one. The oils are available at various Whole Foods, Sprouts, and other natural food stores. Best of all they are non-GMO and organic.
For the Extra Virgin Olive Oil that I was sent I made two recipes. The first was as a salad dressing and the second a chocolate olive oil cake recipe. Both of the recipes turned out very well. The olive oil had a nice flavor and worked in both the cold recipe and the baked good. I made the cake gluten free and the oil gave the cake a nice taste, without being overpowering. It can be hit or miss when changing fats in gluten free baking, so I was very happy that the olive oil cake turned out perfectly. The Emile Noel Oils are a brand I would buy in the store (I wish that it was available where I live!). For the chocolate cake recipe go to the following link: Chocolate Olive Oil Cake.
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