We have come to the end of our Virtual Potluck Healthy New Year Challenge with Bob's Red Mill and California Olive Ranch, and the perfect ending is of course dessert. I had never baked with olive oil before. You can in fact substitute olive for butter in many recipes.
I first thought about a pie and then I decide bars were much quicker and easier. As busy as this week has been, that suited me quite well. This week has been anything but boring. I drove the tractor down a narrow road with steep banks without running over any cows or tipping the tractor over, helped build corrals, fell in the mud. Hey what's a day stomping in the mud if you don't fall down? That's what I'm telling myself anyway.
I have to say I was a little unsure if the guys would like this dessert, but in fact they ate most of it before I could even get supper on the table. I asked them to please save some for the pictures!
I have thoroughly enjoyed cooking with the whole grains and olive oil this month. I have added some new foods to my pantry and will continue to cook with these great ingredients from the Healthy New Year Challenge and I hope you will be inspired to do the same.
This weeks giveaway for the featured products are Bob's Red Mill Whole Wheat Pastry Flour and California Olive Ranch Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
WE HAVE A FINAL WINNER, THANKS SO MUCH TO EVERYONE FOR ENTERING AND A BIG THANK YOU TO BOB'S RED MILL & CALIFORNIA OLIVE RANCH, IT HAS BEEN GREAT COOKING WITH YOUR PRODUCTS!
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Remember to visit Groovy Foody for the a complete roundup of this week's recipes and more chances to win! Also, if you are looking for more cooking techniques and recipes, some pastry schools offer affordable baking classes.
Pineapple Bars with Olive Oil Crust
- 1 cup Bob's Red Mill Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
- ¾ cup powdered sugar
- ⅓ cup California Olive Ranch Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons Bob's Red Mill Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
- 2 eggs
- ¼ cup pineapple juice
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 15 ¼ oz cans pineapple tidbits (drained, ¼ cup juice reserved*)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a medium bowl, combine pastry flour and powdered sugar. Pour in extra virgin olive oil and cut in with a fork or pastry blender. Mixture will form a crumbly dough. Press evenly into a 8 x 8 -inch pan.
Bake for 12 minutes.
While crust is baking prepare filling.
In a large bowl, combine sugar and pastry flour. Add eggs, pineapple juice, and vanilla, stirring to combine. Fold in pineapple tidbits.
Remove crust from the oven and pour filling over the top, spreading pineapple evenly. Return to oven and bake for 45 minutes. Remove from oven and cool on wire rack for 1 hour. Refrigerate 2 hours. Cut into bars to serve.