Let’s Talk All Things Baking with the #AVOEXPERTS, Westfalia Fruit
South Africans love to bake – that’s an undeniable fact. Whether it’s savoury or sweet, we have our aprons on before you can say: ‘preheat the oven’. There are few things (except perhaps, braaiing) that get us as excited. That comforting notion associated with a baked dish conjures up many special memories, whether from your childhood or just the other day.
Did you know that you can successfully bake with your favourite avocado oil brand?
Westfalia Fruit is known as the avo experts and for good reason. The Westfalia Avocado Oil range is healthy, versatile and suitable for any cooking method, even baking.
Baking with the #AVOEXPERTS
Be it a batch of warm pancakes or flapjacks, scones, rusks or bread, a decadent chocolate cake, cupcakes or tea loaf, avocado oil can be used in any of these. Thanks to a high smoke point of 250 °C, the health structure of the oil remains intact, even when heated. So, you can bake and pan-fry to your heart’s content.
Pick a flavour
The Westfalia Avocado Oil range includes four flavours: Plain, Lemon, Garlic and Butter. These can substitute any oil when cooking, but let’s talk baking. The Westfalia Plain Avocado Oil has a neutral flavour and does not taste like avocado, as many people think – it’s just packed with all that avo-goodness. It’s a great all-rounder to bake with and perfect for frying pancakes or flapjacks. Use the flavoured options in the range according to the flavour you would like in a recipe.
Lemon or chocolate?
The perfect tea-time treat to celebrate World Baking Day are these Mini Lemon Polenta Cakes with Herbs. The zesty flavour of Westfalia’s Lemon Flavoured Avocado Oil is a wonderful combination with the herbs and interesting texture of the slightly coarse polenta and ground almonds. Even the icing gets a special touch with a splash of lemon-flavoured avocado oil.
Use the lemon-flavoured oil in any recipe that would be delicious with a hint of lemon. Add some to an oil-based scone recipe – the delicate taste of lemon with a dollop of jam and cheese is absolutely delicious.
Bake this easy Chocolate Cake recipe using oil instead of butter and prepare a thick, spreadable icing or a glossy chocolate drizzle with the oil. Turn the recipe into a batch of lemony, poppy seed cupcakes, by making just a small adjustment described in the tips.
Bake a bread or two
A warm slice of bread from the oven … mmm! Many bread recipes use oil and depending on the specific recipe the plain, garlic-flavoured or butter-flavoured avocado oils in the Westfalia range can be used for a variety of breads and other savoury bakes.
A Basic Homemade Bread Dough recipe is a must-have in every kitchen when you are baking with the #AVOEXPERTS. The dough is even perfect for the South African braai favourite – ‘roosterkoek’ over the coals and great as a pizza base. Or bake a wholewheat or rye bread.
Another firm SA favourite with your next braai is Mealie Bread. This recipe is so easy to prepare and uses everyday ingredients. Westfalia Plain Avocado Oil is used in this recipe, but you could replace a tablespoon or two of it with the garlic-flavoured oil if preferred.
Pressed to perfection by the #AVOEXPERTS
Westfalia Avocado Oil is pressed from the flesh of ripe, hand-selected Hass avocados. It is a 100% pure avocado oil and the best pressing techniques are used to preserve the flavour, richness and natural goodness of avocados. Avocado oil is nutritious, naturally cholesterol-free and a good source of healthy oils. This proudly SA product is available in leading supermarkets. The oils are available in 250 ml bottles, all with a handy pouring spout, and look out for the plain avocado oil now also in a 500 ml bottle.
Westfalia Avocado Oils are suitable for vegans and vegetarians alike, certified Halaal and Kosher, and has approval from the Heart and Stroke Foundation of South Africa to carry their Heart Mark.
Be an expert with avocado oil
Avocado oil should be stored away from direct sunlight, which is why the Westfalia oil range is packaged in dark green bottles. Room temperature is best to retain the goodness and flavour and the oil will last 3-4 months once opened.
Get your apron out, turn on the oven and get baking with the #AVOEXPERTS!
Photography by Adel Ferreira
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