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Natural Cocoa Powder

This natural cocoa powder is lighter in color and more bitter than others —perfect for most sweet recipes. Its level of acidity is essential for activating baking soda and leavening cocoa-based baked goods.

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Natural cocoa powder can be substituted in baking for unsweetened baking chocolate: replace 1 ounce of chocolate with 3 tablespoons of cocoa and 1 tablespoon oil or shortening. The acidity of natural cocoa will react with other ingredients to act as a leavening agent. For a cup of delicious hot cocoa, mix 2 or 3 teaspoons cocoa powder with 2 or 3 teaspoons sugar and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract. Add a few drops of water to the mixture and stir to make a paste. Pour 8 ounces of milk on top of the paste and heat. Cocoa powder actually also adds a lovely depth to chili and a subtle richness to mole sauces, and can be used to tone down chili that’s a bit too hot.

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