Dutch versus "Regular" Cocoa

I recently purchased Dutch Cocoa by mistake. I used it in a Brownie recipe that I make weekly, and the flavors and texture are just not the same. I understand how they make it, and have even contacted the manufacturer who claims Dutch and Regular can be used intercahngably without additions or substitutions to the recipe. I found that not to be true. anyone else have this encounter?

Dutch-Processed Cocoa:

1 cup = 92 grams

1 cup sifted = 75 grams

Natural Unsweetened or Nonalkalized Cocoa:

1 cup = 82 grams

Substitution for 3 tablespoons (18 grams) Dutch-processed cocoa: 3 tablespoons (18 grams) natural cocoa powder plus pinch (1/8 teaspoon) baking soda

Substitution for 3 tablespoons (18 grams) natural cocoa: 3 tablespoons (18 grams) Dutch-processed cocoa plus 1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar or 1/8 teaspoon lemon juice or vinegar

Note: Due to the differences between natural and Dutch-processed cocoa powders, do not substitute one for the other in recipes.

Note: Do not confuse unsweetened natural and Dutch-processed cocoa powder with sweetened cocoa drink mixes. They are not the same thing.

Dutch-Processed or Alkalized Unsweetened Cocoa Powder is treated with an alkali to neutralize its acids. Because it is neutral and does not react with baking soda, it must be used in recipes calling for baking powder, unless there are other acidic ingredients in sufficient quantities used. It has a reddish-brown color, mild flavor, and is easy to dissolve in liquids. Its delicate flavor makes it ideal in baked goods like European cakes and pastries where its subtle flavor complements other ingredients.

Natural Unsweetened Cocoa Powder tastes very bitter and gives a deep chocolate flavor to baked goods. Its intense flavor makes it well suited for use in brownies, cookies and some chocolate cakes. When natural cocoa (an acid) is used in recipes calling for baking soda (an alkali), it creates a leavening action that causes the batter to rise when placed in the oven.

When used alone in cakes, cocoa powder imparts a full rich chocolate flavor and dark color. Cocoa powder can also be used in recipes with other chocolates (unsweetened or dark) and this combination produces a cake with a more intense chocolate flavor than if the cocoa wasn’t present. Most recipes call for sifting the cocoa powder with the flour but to bring out its full flavor it can be combined with a small amount of boiling water. (If you want to try this in a recipe, substitute some of the liquid in the recipe for boiling water.) Often times, you may notice that more butter and leavening agent are used in recipes containing cocoa powder. This is to offset cocoa powder’s drying and strengthening affect in cakes. There are two types of unsweetened cocoa powder: natural and Dutch-processed and it is best to use the type specified in the recipe as the leavening agent used is dependent on the type of cocoa powder. Some prefer using Dutch-processed cocoa as a slight bitterness may be tasted in cakes using natural cocoa and baking soda.

To convert a cake recipe that uses bittersweet or semisweet chocolate to one using cocoa:

Substitute 1 tablespoon plus 1 3/4 teaspoons (9.5 grams) of cocoa, 1 tablespoon plus 1/2 teaspoon (14.5 grams) granulated white sugar, 1 1/2 teaspoons (7 grams) unsalted butter for every ounce (28 grams) of bittersweet or semisweet chocolate. Also, dissolve the cocoa in at least 1/4 cup (60 ml) hot liquid to bring out the cocoa’s full flavor.

To convert a cake recipes that uses unsweetened chocolate to one using cocoa:

Substitute 3 tablespoons (18 grams) cocoa plus 1 tablespoon (14 grams) unsalted butter for every 1 ounce (28 grams) of unsweetened chocolate. Dissolve the cocoa in at least 2 tablespoons of liquid in the recipe to bring out the cocoa’s full flavor.

Hi, I am a new comer to this site. I wanted the recipe for brownies using cocoa because there is less fat in cocoa. Anyway to cut down on the calories?
Right ?

Thanks you for letting me try your recipe.



this is a very good recipe if you would like to try it:

Hershey’s Best Brownies

1 Cup Butter Or Margarine
2 Cups Sugar
2 Tsp Vanilla Extract
4 Eggs
¾ Cup Hershey’s Cocoa Or Hershey’s Special Dark Cocoa
1 Cup All-purpose Flour
½ Tsp Baking Powder
¼ Tsp Salt
1 Cup Chopped Nuts (optional)

Preheat Oven To 350°f. & Grease 13 X 9 X 2 Inch Baking Pan.

Place Butter In Large Microwave-safe Bowl. Microwave At High (100%) 2 - 2½ Minutes Or Until Melted. Stir In Sugar & Vanilla. Add Eggs, One At A Time, Beating Well With Spoon After Each Addition. Add Cocoa; Beat Until Well Blended. Add Flour, Baking Powder & Salt; Beat Well. Stir In Nuts, If Desired. Pour Batter Into Prepared Pan.

Bake 30 - 35 Minutes Or Until Brownies Begin To Pull Away From Sides Of Pan. Cool Completely In Pan On Wire Rack. Frost If Desired. Cut Into Bars.

Makes 36 Brownies.

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