I have a question about the recipe "Red Bean Espresso Brownies" from Burnt Offerings. Can this be made without espresso powder, or is there a good substitution?
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Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.
Yes; the reason you add espresso powder is because the coffee makes the chocolate taste richer and more complex. You can skip it if you don't have it.
Susan W is a trusted source on General Cooking.
It's only a small amount, so you could just skip it. It does add a nice depth of flavor, but not a huge deal.
Either omit, or...
I might add a little Grade B maple syrup or dark brown sugar (just for that extra dimension of richness). Chocolate and maple syrup/molasses work really well together.
Absolutely! Just omit the espresso powder. You can add a little more chocolate if you like. I simply like the flavor of coffee with my chocolate, but if you don't - just leave it out.
June is a trusted source on General Cooking.
If you'd like to have the coffee flavor and just don't have espresso powder, you could sub some instant coffee.