Not that anyone needed an excuse to bake rich chocolate confections, but in case you forgot, Valentine’s Day is tomorrow.
For those of you planning something decadent and chocolatey for Valentine’s Day, or for those of you boycotting the fake holiday but still looking for a treat, let me introduce espresso powder. Espresso powder is the quintessential secret ingredient. It deepens and adds nuance to the flavor of chocolate. Why use the powder instead of a shot of actual espresso or strong coffee? Espresso powder adds depth to chocolate without a distinct coffee flavor.
I use this brand by King Arthur.
It’s pretty strong stuff so start by adding a quarter teaspoon at a time.
Some things that could be made even better with espresso powder:
- Hot fudge sauce
- Flourless chocolate cake
- This sounds strange, but I add it to banana bread!
Happy Valentine’s Day, and thanks for reading!