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Jul 17, 2009 03:53 PM

Dutch processed Cocoa

I have a recipe for choc chip cookies that calls for Dutch processed cocoa powder. My local stores do not carry it. I understand that the Dutch process makes the cocoa alkaline instead of acid and can be used with baking soda. Can I sub regular Fry's cocoa and sub the baking soda with baking powder. Will it change the taste much? Any other suggestions?
Here is the recipe.......

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup Dutch-processed cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
8 tablespoons plus 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
2/3 cup packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon fleur de sel, or 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
5 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped into small bits

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  1. Just use the Fry's cocoa, no need to add or subtract anything.

    1. Well, I've heard that subbing can affect the leavening, but I'm not sure. I did recently substitute in the other direction (using Dutch when natural was called for) in a cake. It did seem like my rise was lower than it should have been (I didn't do any modding). The recipe had called for both baking powder and soda so I suppose it might have been worse had it not already had baking powder in it. It tasted great though..

      According to some links I found you should add a bit of water and increase the baking soda, but not necessarily eliminate all the baking powder altogether depending on the other ingredients. Here is one link, but I warn you that the webpage is obnoxiously hard to read. You want to scroll way down past the funny question park icons to a section called "general information and substitutions."

      As for taste, I do not think it will matter much. I switched to Dutch Process because of some article I read saying that in taste tests people preferred it. And because David Lebovitz recommends it for ice cream. :) But I got sticker shock over the price and I don't know that I could tell the difference! Considering that the recipe calls for fleur de sel, they are probably just trying to be fancy-pants about chocolate chip cookies. ;


      Good luck, the recipe sounds yummy.

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      1. re: Jitterbug

        Thanks, Jitterbug. Yes I have been to that site and could not get the info I wanted. It is a nightmare.
        BTW the cookies are from Dorie Greenspan. Korova cookies or as she calls them now, World Peace Cookies. Supposed to be the best choc chip cookies in the world. Likely being fancy-pants as you say. I will be buying her book at the end of the month.
        You need to roll the dough in a tube and cool, slice and then bake. Recipe on line.