A brief review of three speciality nut oils from Cooks & Co. If you’re looking for inspiration, you’ll also find a few ideas for recipes to use the oils in.
Speciality Nut Oils
As my regular readers will know, I am a big fan of butter, so my baking doesn’t feature oil very often. However, when I was offered the chance to try some speciality nut oils, it seemed like a good opportunity to be adventurous. R H Amar & Co sent me three 250ml bottles of Cooks & Co oil to review.
Produced in France, these would be good for adding a bit of Gallic sophistication to a meal. The bottles were glass, what a relief. I’m really not a fan of plastic food bottles and much prefer to have glass.
All in all, I’m impressed with these speciality nut oils. My only quibble, is the usual one – I would prefer them to be organic. They all taste of the nuts they’re made of and all add a distinctive nutty quality to the dishes I’ve created so far. I’m looking forward to trying out some more.
Extracted entirely from hazelnuts, this oil is the one I was most excited about. And I was right to be so, it’s delicious. It really does smell and taste of hazelnuts. I added some of this to the chocolate hazelnut cake truffles I made last month and it really did help to bring out the flavour of the hazelnuts in the cake. I’m looking forward to trying this baked in a plain chocolate cake next where I think it would give an added depth and complexity of flavour. (RSP £3.99)
Walnut Infused Oil
Made of rapeseed, but with an addition of walnut extract. This is another flavoursome oil, though less distinctive than the hazelnut. I used some to make this parsnip and walnut cake.
Suffice it to say, I was very pleased with the flavour of the oil; the cake tasted of walnuts, but not overly so. One of the best salad dressings I remember from my time living in Switzerland was one made with walnut oil, so I’m looking forward to the weather warming up and my lettuce seeds germinating – walnut salad here I come! (RSP £2.85)
Roasted Peanut Oil
As the name suggests, this one is made from 100% roasted peanuts. And guess what, it tastes just like roasted peanuts. I have baking plans for it, but shhh. Don’t tell, I’m going to use them to make peanut butter brownies. I have used it in a stir fry, however and it worked brilliantly well. I was able to get the oil nice and hot without any sign of burning and the final dish had just enough of a suggestion of peanut to make it interesting without overwhelming the other flavours. (RSP £3.39)
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