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Old 05-16-2012, 03:50 PM   #1
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Using espresso

Has anyone used espresso in their chocolate cakes or desserts? How does it enhance the flavor?

I was surprised to find that espresso isn't ready available here. My local grocer doesn't carry it. I thought it was something fairly common but I'm not even a coffee drinker so I wouldn't know. I have a recipe that calls for it and was wondering if it made that much of a difference....

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Old 05-16-2012, 04:33 PM   #2
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Nikki, if you're not a coffee drinker, it would probably be hard to explain. Basically, the coffee intensifies the flavor of the chocolate.

I've used espresso in desserts like tiramisu, brownies, and even ice cream.
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Old 05-16-2012, 04:48 PM   #3
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So it shouldn't make that big of a difference if I leave it out??? Other than the coffee flavor...does it taste like coffee?
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Old 05-16-2012, 04:58 PM   #4
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If the recipe only calls for a small amount, it shouldn't. Or you could use any other kind of coffee. Espresso has an intense flavor, but I would certainly think other coffee types would work just as well.
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Old 05-16-2012, 05:20 PM   #5
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Ok thanks much!! :)
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If the recipe only calls for a small amount, it shouldn't. Or you could use any other kind of coffee. Espresso has an intense flavor, but I would certainly think other coffee types would work just as well.
Most of those recipes used to say to add instant coffee, but some of us don't keep any instant coffee at home, but can make some espresso.
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Old 05-16-2012, 06:08 PM   #7
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I quit coffee in January, 2008. I realized I didn't really like coffee. I still drink the odd cup now and again, but I don't start my day with coffee. I do, however, keep coffee (beans, ground, and instant) in the freezer to use in various recipes.
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I use instant espresso powder in anything chocolate for that flavor boost. It doesn't taste like coffee...it tastes more chocolate. Check JavaCabana.com for the Medaglia d'Oro Instant Espresso Powder. You can sometimes also find it at Safeway or Albertson's. I buy it by the case.
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Ok thanks much!! :)
justnikki,
I add espresso to my brownies. It enhances the flavor of the chocolate. My dh came home with boxes of brownie mix, I added the espresso (which i found on line) some chili powder, milk instead of water,some salt, you'd be surprised how great they tasted. More like homemade instead of a mix. Hope this helps.
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Old 05-17-2012, 03:00 AM   #10
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If you have any left over coffee, you can heat it down to make it stronger and use that in place of the expresso. Just make sure you reduce the liquid in the recipe by the amount of coffee you use. Don't boil it. That will only make it bitter. Put it in a pan on low and let it reduce on its own. If you are going to add a cup, then put 1 cups of coffee in the pan. When it reduces down to the amount you need, then take it off the heat and let it cool.
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