If you’ve ever baked a chocolate or mocha-flavored cake, then you’ve probably seen a recipe call for espresso powder or instant espresso. This ingredient is a quick way to boost the flavor of the chocolate. You may also have seen espresso powder called for in dry spice rubs for meat, especially to grill. So what exactly is espresso powder? Here’s how to best utilize it, and what to do if you don’t have any on hand.
Espresso is a very dark and concentrated instant coffee. It’s not just espresso beans that are grounded finely. These crystals will dissolve in liquid quickly. It’s also important to note that this isn’t technically made for a morning latte. Bakers primarily use it for flavoring cookies, cakes and more. An espresso powder is different from instant coffee in that it’s much more concentrated.
Use this powder in your chocolate recipes to enhance flavor. A teaspoon won’t make them taste much like coffee. Using more than a teaspoon will start to bring out coffee flavors. If you ever find yourself without espresso powder, use instant espresso instead. Add 50% more than the amount of espresso powder a recipe usually calls for. Be mindful with instant espresso as it can taste harsh or sour if too much is used.
Source: the Kitchn