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Old 04-04-2014, 08:16 PM   #1
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Advice please on using oil in baking.

As you may know, we don't often use oil in baking in the UK. Most recipes calling for it are of American origin. My question is - what type of oil do you use. I've seen a recipe recently which uses olive oil and I would have thought it would be too dominant a flavour. The most easily obtainable oils available here are olive, sunflower seed, rape seed oil (both the cheap stuff and the cold pressed). We also get sesame seed oil and grapeseed.

I haven't been very successful baking with oil, to date, so would appreciate any advice you have to give. (My baked cake is usually damp and not very nice tasting)
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Old 04-04-2014, 08:18 PM   #2
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When making baked goods, you should go with a neutral tasting oil. It's there to provide fat and moisture, not flavor.
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Old 04-04-2014, 09:23 PM   #3
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I agree with Andy.
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Old 04-04-2014, 11:43 PM   #4
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I buy and use for all of my baking and cooking needs plain vegetable oil. I have a small bottle of Greek olive oil on hand for recipes that call for it. I prefer Greek olive oil over Italian because it is less bitter than the Italian. Plain vegetable oil has no flavor at all.
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Old 04-05-2014, 12:20 AM   #5
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I'm no expert on baking, but I've used applesauce in place of oil in some recipes, and it has worked out very well.
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Old 04-05-2014, 12:30 AM   #6
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I'm no expert on baking, but I've used applesauce in place of oil in some recipes, and it has worked out very well.
Excellent suggestion. I forgot about applesauce.
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Old 04-05-2014, 12:50 AM   #7
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Rape seed oil (canola oil) for baking.
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Old 04-05-2014, 02:53 AM   #8
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Question for you PF. How do you pronounce 'rape'? I pronounce it ra pay.
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Old 04-05-2014, 05:00 AM   #9
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For what it's worth MC I only use rapeseed or grapeseed ( that's more expensive) oil. Veg or sunflower oil I find too 'oily' if you know what I mean and I do use olive oil when making fancy breads as in ciabatta but not for cakes. Carrot cake for instance is fine with rapeseed and I have on occasion used half butter ( unsalted and melted) with rapeseed to good effect. Grapeseed I buy for special occasions and also then use it as the oil base for one of the most light salad dressings you can ask for. Hope this helps
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Old 04-05-2014, 07:12 AM   #10
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I also recommend rape seed oil or grape seed oil they should work well.

On the applesauce thing, this really only works well in limited applications. Things like carrot cake or quick breads, you can get away with it better than with something like a sponge cake. Without the oil the baked goods will be less tender and the flavor will be different, for me the fat helps the flavor.

depending on the recipe, melted butter could also be used.

One advantage to using oil in a cake is that the cake doesn't get firm when chilled, it stays soft unlike a butter cake.
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