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Posted: 23 November 2008 11:09 PM   [ Ignore ]
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I am making a cake which calls for 1/2 cup of Dutch process cocoa.  I have about 1/4 cup in the freezer and cannot seem to find any of that type without driving 45 minutes to Penzey’s.  I did see a Hershey’s brand of cocoa (Hershey’s Special Dark) which is “a special blend of natural and dutched cocoas”.  Can I use that for 1/4 cup of what my recipe needs?

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Posted: 24 November 2008 12:13 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Vicci - 24 November 2008 03:09 AM

I am making a cake which calls for 1/2 cup of Dutch process cocoa.  I have about 1/4 cup in the freezer and cannot seem to find any of that type without driving 45 minutes to Penzey’s.  I did see a Hershey’s brand of cocoa (Hershey’s Special Dark) which is “a special blend of natural and dutched cocoas”.  Can I use that for 1/4 cup of what my recipe needs?

Possibly.  The non-dutch chocolate is more acidic and will tend to make the cake set faster and brown less well.  However, given that it’s only a portion of the Hershey’s, and Hershey’s only a portion of the overall chocolate, it may do no harm.  Personally, I’d give it a shot.

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Posted: 24 November 2008 09:00 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Thank you, Charles, I will give it a try especially since it doesn’t seem that the substitution will affect the overall flavor much.

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Posted: 24 November 2008 10:13 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Hi Vicci - Penzey’s Dutch Processed Cocoa is my all time FAV!!!  I will say though, I’ve used Hershey’s special dark in a pinch and it works just fine… the color is a bit charcoal-ish, but it gives a nice dark chocolate look to cakes.  I don’t think I’d be as happy with the color if I used it in the buttercream.  Anyway, have fun with it! (and stock up at Penzey’s for me).
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Posted: 24 November 2008 03:39 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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VICCI:
  Good morning. Vicci ,as Charles-T mentioned to you… Non~ dutch cocoa is a acidic ingredient. Therefore you should consider adding approx 1/16th to 1/8th tsp of Baking soda to neautrize the acidity in your baked product.
  good luck in your baking & have a nice day.

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Posted: 24 November 2008 03:46 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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I just wanted to clarify - my container of Hershey’s Special Dark Cocoa is Dutch-Processed.  Ingredients: cocoa processed with alkali.  The label doesn’t state that it’s a blend.

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Posted: 24 November 2008 11:02 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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Thanks for the advice ~FRESHKID.  I’ll add a bit of baking soda to the dry ingredients.

Patrincia - 24 November 2008 07:46 PM

I just wanted to clarify - my container of Hershey’s Special Dark Cocoa is Dutch-Processed.  Ingredients: cocoa processed with alkali.  The label doesn’t state that it’s a blend.

I didn’t have my reading glasses with me at the grocery store and now I see, on the back label, that this “is perfect to use in any recipe that calls for Dutched Processed Cocoa”.  The front label, the label of which is in larger type, says “a belnd of natural and Dutched cocoas”.  I should read the fine print more often!

Fortunately, the buttercream calls for melted, cooled semisweet or bittersweet chocolate.  No cocoa!  BTW, which would you use???  Between deciding on four different sauces for the four different raviolis, and which accent color to use in the table centerpiece (I chose wrong and now have to return to the store…), I’m about at the limit of my decision-making skills now!  Yeesh.

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Posted: 25 November 2008 09:25 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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I use semisweet and bittersweet chocolates interchangeably.

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Posted: 25 November 2008 02:20 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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I don’t think Hershey’s makes the Dutch-Processed cocoa powder anymore. They only make the blended one or the natural one. That’s what the customer service agent told me when I called them (before I discovered Green and Black’s and Droste).

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Posted: 25 November 2008 02:37 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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I believe you’re right Rozanne - the website doesn’t say anything about it, but I called the customer service department and they told me they’ve stopped making the pure Dutch-processed cocoa and replaced it with the blended one.  I like Droste too, but can’t find Green and Black’s.  Penzey’s is the best value if you don’t have to pay shipping smile.

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Posted: 25 November 2008 02:42 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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Patrincia - 25 November 2008 06:37 PM

they told me they?ve stopped making the pure Dutch-processed cocoa and replaced it with the blended one.

I recall CI not liking the new stuff very much.

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Posted: 25 November 2008 02:43 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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CharlesT - 25 November 2008 06:42 PM
Patrincia - 25 November 2008 06:37 PM

they told me they?ve stopped making the pure Dutch-processed cocoa and replaced it with the blended one.

I recall CI not liking the new stuff very much.


Good to know.

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Posted: 25 November 2008 06:13 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 12 ]
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Patricia, have you tried a health food store for the Green and Black’s? It is organic and you may have a better chance of finding it there. I get mine from a health food store. I just stocked up on Droste. I can only get it at Christmas time. It is not available in Toronto except during that time from the warehouse. Is the Penzey’s as good as the Droste?

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Posted: 25 November 2008 07:54 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 13 ]
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Thanks for the tip Rozanne - I will check the health food store.  Penzey’s Dutch-processed cocoa is superb!

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