Why Your Recipe Calls for Cocoa Powder Instead of Chocolate

From deep, rich cakes and cookies, to brownies and other treats, the ingredient that brings some of your favorite chocolate desserts to life might not be what you expect. Instead of chocolate, these sweets often start with a hearty dose of cocoa powder. But do you know why?

Source: This Is Why Your Recipe Uses Cocoa Powder Instead of Chocolate

If Ruth Wakefield of the Toll House Inn had known that, we’d never have the chocolate chip cookie.  Well maybe we would, but I bet Nestle would be making a lot less money from chocolate chips.

Decorate Cookies Like a Pro with a Mesh Strainer

Sieve, heathens!  A flour sifter would work too…

As the video mentions, this is an easy way to get kids involved/introduced to cooking.  While some of the decoration requires good motor control – either way, evidence can be eaten 😉

Roll Chocolate Pastries in Cocoa Powder Instead of Flour for More Chocolately Flavor

Be prepared to get your hands dirty and apply sprinkles liberally.

Source: 10 Tips from One Week as a Professional Baker

It also keeps chocolate cookies brown (or black). I frequently make black bat sugar cookies and they come out looking much better with cocoa powder instead of flour.

Recipe: Guaca-Mousse

I have to give credit for this recipe to foodbycamilla’s Banana and Avocado Chocolate mousse

My co-workers are to thank for the name.  I called it as it was – vegan chocolate mousse, which turned out to be vegan chocolate banana mousse.  When co-workers learnt about the ingredients, it was initially dubbed “choco-mole”, but the reverse is more accurate.

Dessert doesn’t get much simpler than this – add to food processor, blend until smooth.  Chill for at least an hour before serving.  I had most of the ingredients onhand, and had co-workers who couldn’t/wouldn’t partake in the Lego jello I made earlier in the week.

Here’s the recipe.  I did double the recipe, let it chill overnight before serving at work.  I was worried no one would like it, but it was gone once word got out.

Forgive me, I’m still chuckling at the name… 🙂

10 Food Staples You Can Make Better and Cheaper at Home

Many simple foods are not only easy to make at home, they’ll likely be cheaper, healthier, and much tastier than the store-bought varieties. From cheese to peanut butter, here are a few DIY, delicious food projects.

Source: Top 10 Food Staples You Can Make Better and Cheaper at Home

They forgot about tahini, but did mention nut butters.