Help! What Can I Do With Cocoa Butter?

cooking with food grade cacao butterQuestion: “Hi everyone! I bought cocoa butter thinking it was a bit like…Hum… Butter that you spread over your bread slice. But I got a bit disappointed. So I end up with almost 2 lbs of cocoa butter that I don’t know what to do with. Is there someone who could tell me how to use cocoa butter for cooking, and give me recipes or even sites with recipes using cocoa butter. Thanks!”
Sent by Naomi

Hi Naomi! The main advantage of cooking with cocoa butter is that you can use smallest quantities unlike other kind of fats. You an sear a beef fillet in the skillet and get an nice color and flavor without adding oil or butter. Cocoa butter helps to make pastries and dough smoother and its high burning point makes it very versatile for cooking various kind of ingredients, from meat to vegetable. Here’s few examples below:

Shortbread cookies:
1lb (500g) flour – 1 pinch of salt – 1/3 lb (150g) softened butter – 1/3 lb (150 g) of cocoa butter – 1 cup (200g) sugar – 1/2 vanilla pod – 2 eggs – 1/2 cup (50g) of powdered almond. Mix the ingredients to form a ball and spread the dough on a floured surface. Flatten to get a thin sheet of pastry. Cut you shapes and bake in a preheated oven at 320°F (160°C) for 8 minutes — more if the dough is thicker.

Exotic fruit mousse:
3/4 lb (300g) mashed exotic fruit – 1 egg yolk – 2 egg whites – 1/3 cup (75g) sugar – 1/2 oz (15g) custard powder – 1/3 oz (10g) cocoa butter – 3/4 lb (300g) whipping cream. Bring the fruit puree to a boil, pour the yolk and egg whites with sugar and mix with custard powder.  Cook for about three minutes, then add the cocoa butter off heat. Allow to cool to about 95°F (35°C) then incorpore whipped cream by whisking vigorously. Dress in glasses and leave in the fridge until serving.

Here are also some useful links: How to use cocoa butter for cooking

(Photo: Cocoa butter by amazon)

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