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A question about a recipe: Red Bean Espresso Brownies

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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?

asked by Nakita about 2 years ago
5 answers 689 views
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drbabs

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added about 2 years ago

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.

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Susan W

Susan W is a trusted source on General Cooking.

added about 2 years ago

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.

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added about 2 years ago

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.

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added about 2 years ago

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.

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ChefJune

June is a trusted source on General Cooking.

added about 2 years ago

If you'd like to have the coffee flavor and just don't have espresso powder, you could sub some instant coffee.