Espresso Powder: Adding Some Oomph to your Valentine’s Day

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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.

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Some things that could be made even better with espresso powder:

 

Happy Valentine’s Day, and thanks for reading!

 

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  1. [...] 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into 1″ pieces, plus more at room temperature for the pan 3/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp. sugar, divided, plus more for the pan 10 oz. semisweet or bittersweet chocolate (61%-72% cocoa), coarsely chopped* 2 Tbsp. vegetable oil 6 large eggs 2 Tbsp. natural unsweetened cocoa powder 1 tsp. vanilla extract 3/4 tsp. kosher salt 1/4 tsp. espresso powder** [...]

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