Baking chocolate is a staple around here—playing a starring role in a Genius vegan frosting, Amanda Hesser’s much-lauded Dump-It Cake, or a not-too-sweet but crazy moist Dark Chocolate and Walnut Zucchini Bread.
But we kept hitting a snag. Namely, where to find high-quality—not to mention ethical, organic, great-tasting—baking chocolate. Being enterprising folk, we took it upon ourselves to find a chocolate that hit all those check boxes, something that we could be proud of, and share it with you (and your cakes).
The new Food52 Unsweetened Baking Chocolate is finally here in our Shop, and we couldn't be more delighted.
The baking chocolate is our first launch in Food52 Pantry—a line of baking staples we believe in. Our founders, Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs, explain it best:
Home cooks need to be able to depend on an arsenal of high-quality staples. These are the building blocks—like vivid, consistent pigments for a painter—that make their lives easier and help them get great food on the table. We've always wanted a line of foundational pantry goods, and we thought chocolate was a sensible place to start!
Here’s what you can expect from our unsweetened baking chocolate:
Our resident baker crush, Erin McDowell, tested the chocolate out in brownies and a ganache, and declared it a hit. The brownies came out of the oven with a rich color and 5 out of 5 of the lucky taste testers agreed they were top-notch. Used in a ganache, you may notice a tad more separation than you might be used to—not to worry: This indicates that the chocolate is free of any stabilizers, so just the pure, chocolatiest chocolate taste remains.
Shop for the baking chocolate here, and try it out in recipes like these:
Ready to get baking? What're you going to make?