7 Ways to Use Olive Oil in Desserts

Milk-Chocolate Cremoso with Espresso Parfait © David Nicolas
By F&W Editors Posted January 15, 2016

Olive oil and dessert might not be an obvious combination, but the duo are actually delicious together.

"Some people are like, 'Whoa…olive oil and chocolate?" says chef Michael Schwartz, who adds olive oil to his silky milk-chocolate cremoso. "But the olive oil reinforces the richness." Schwartz isn't the only chef who likes how olive oil works with sweetness. From creamy lemon curd to incredible cakes, here are seven amazing desserts to make with olive oil.

1. Ligurian Olive Oil Cake

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This terrifically light cake is made with Ligurian olive oil, which is more delicate and buttery than many other Italian oils.

2. Warm Chocolate Budino

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Fresh, fruity olive oil is fantastic for topping this cross between a cake and pudding.

3. Olive Oil-Thyme Cake with Figs and Black Pepper

Food & Wine: Olive Oil-Thyme Cake with Figs and Black Pepper

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Juicy figs tossed with sugar top this tender cake; as the fruit sits in the sugar, its juices thicken to form a luscious syrup.

4. Milk-Chocolate Cremoso with Espresso Parfait

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A drizzle of olive oil amps up the richness of this luscious dessert.

5. Pistachio-Topped Lemon-Olive Oil Cake

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Chef Ryan Hardy substitutes olive oil for some of the butter in this excellent citrusy, nutty cake.

6. Lemon Curd Toasts with Coconut

Food & Wine: Lemon Curd Toasts with Coconut

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Olive oil and cocoa butter make this lemony curd deliciously creamy; spread it on baguette toasts for an excellent dessert.

7. Olive Oil-and-Sauternes Cake with Roasted Pears

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Every component of this dessert, from the cake to the sauce, uses the sweet French dessert wine Sauternes. Adding olive oil to the batter creates a delightfully moist crumb.

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