Alkalized vs. non-alkalized cocoa powder
Posted: 25 March 2012 10:41 PM   [ Ignore ]
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I am looking at the recipe in Rose’s Heavenly Cakes for the cocoa syrup (for the moist chocolate raspberry genoise) and also the lacquer glaze. Both call for alkalized cocoa. I have a jar of Ghiradelli “natural” unsweetened cocoa at home, which means non-alkalized, and I was unable to find alkalized (or Dutched) cocoa at Safeway today. I was wondering if non-alkalized cocoa can be used in these recipes for the same results. They’re just glazes and syrups after all. According to what I understand, the only thing that would be different is the flavor. The acidity of non-alkalized vs. alkalized cocoa shouldn’t matter, since I’m not using it in a cake recipe that requires the right balance of acid and base for leavening.

Am I correct, or must I use alkalized cocoa? Also, if the only difference is flavor, how would the flavor change with non-alkalized cocoa? I’ve never really cooked with cocoa powder before.

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Posted: 26 March 2012 01:47 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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I wouldn’t hesitate to use natural cocoa, if that’s what I had.  Dutched supposedly dissolves in liquid better, but it’s probably not a big issue.

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Posted: 26 March 2012 06:38 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Thanks Charles! I will go ahead with the natural cocoa then.

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Posted: 26 March 2012 07:41 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Just remember, if it doesn’t work, it’s Julie’s fault.

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Posted: 27 March 2012 05:19 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Just remember, if it doesn?t work, it?s Julie?s fault.

Charles, Julie, who is away for a short bit, will regret having missed the opportunity to chuckle—or perhaps even guffaw—at this.

I think that it would be an excellent idea if we all made this a default tag line to each of our profiles.

—ak (who, Julie, is laughing WITH you ...)

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Posted: 01 April 2012 08:19 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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The natural cocoa worked fine, as I suspected. It did taste a little acidic, but that’s ok. The glaze is nice and shiny. I like it!

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Posted: 03 April 2012 07:13 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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Nice to see you all having a bit of fun, even if it is at my expense!  LOL

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