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Do you have to use dutch processed cocoa when it's called for?

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LizW
added over 7 years ago

The thing about dutch processed cocoa is that it's low in fat and has no added sugar. If you sub drinking chocolate powder it's less chocolately and much sweeter..so you won't get the same result.

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nutcakes
added over 7 years ago

Usually yes, because the recipe is calibrated for it with regard to acid/alkaline balance. If you don't use Dutched, and just use Unsweetened Cocoa Powder, you will have to add baking soda to the recipe in order for it to come out right. The amount depends on the recipe and the amount of cocoa called form. Dutched in netural, Unsweetened is acidic, so you have to add an alkaline. Here is a reliable explanation:
http://www.joyofbaking...

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healthierkitchen
added over 7 years ago

Also, if it's called for as a decorative touch, such as coating truffles or dusting over a cake, it makes a huge difference in both taste and color.

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