How to Cook with Cocoa Butter

INGREDIENT SPOTLIGHT

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Have you ever been curious about cooking with cocoa butter?

Cocoa butter is a pale-yellow edible vegetable fat extracted from the cocoa bean. Off course, it is used to make chocolate, as well as some ointments, skin are or facial masks. Cocoa butter has a cocoa flavor and aroma.

Cooking with cocoa butter in savory recipes

The advantage of cooking with cocoa butter is that you don’t have to use it in big quantities contrary to other kind of fats. We can therefore make a beef fillet in the pan and sprinkle over the natural cocoa butter for a tender and attractive color, without adding oil or butter.

The advantage of cooking with cocoa butter is its resistance to high temperatures without burning, which sets it apart from other fats that tend to burn out at 390°f (200°c).  We can cook with cocoa butter, purchased already grated or just buy it and use the weight for the kitchen, as we like to do for beauty masks.

If you don’t want to cook it pure, you can mix it with a neutral or flavored oil.

Cooking with cocoa butter in sweet recipes and desserts

Cooking with cocoa butter in chocolate pastries gives chocolate its flavor and smoothness. In different dessert recipes such as Bavarian, add some grated food grade cocoa butter to give it a delicious “hidden” chocolate flavor.

Another tip is using cocoa butter as a substitute for gelatin.  It creates a more airy and tasty dessert.  It has the creamy taste of butter with a discreet chocolate flavor.  We can also replace regular butter with cocoa butter in cakes, which decreases the amount of fat, allowing you to make healthier desserts.

Image source: inducia.com

Feb 6, 2013

N.Y. Editor
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