Cocoa powder

Cocoa powder is made by pressing cocoa liquor (see Chocolate) so that almost all of the cocoa butter (fat) is removed, then grinding it. Cocoa powder should be 100 percent cacao and unsweetened. Cocoas that are Dutched, or Dutch-processed, are often mellower than cocoas called “natural.” While you can use Dutched or natural cocoas interchangeably in these recipes, my preferred cocoas — Valrhona and Droste — are Dutched.

Dorie Greenspan

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