21 11, 2019

Chocolate Cake

Chocolate Cake   Ingredients 2C Sugar ¾C Cocoa powder 1¾ C Cake flour 1½ tsp Baking powder 1½ tsp Baking soda 1 tsp Salt 2 Eggs 1 C Milk ½ C Vegetable oil 1 C Boiling water Method Preheat oven to 350oF. Grease and flour (2) 9" round pans. Using [...]

20 05, 2019

Bakery Consumer Trends: Taste, Health and Freshness

What are consumers looking for as they walk into bakeries and stroll down the grocery aisle? The significant trends for the bakery, pastry and chocolate sectors have been rising to the top for 2019. Over the last few years, the bakery international group Puratos has been gathering data from 40 countries and 17,000 consumers. [...]

13 05, 2019

Cocoa Alkalization

Cocoa Alkalization Also known as dutched cocoa powder What is Cocoa Alkalization? Cocoa alkalization is a value-added process in cocoa processing to produce alkalized cocoa mass or powder. It involves the treatment of cocoa nibs with a food-grade alkali solution to raise the pH, producing darker colors and stronger flavors.1 Alkalized cocoa [...]

8 02, 2019

Inclusions

Inclusions What are Inclusions? Inclusions are small variegates added to foods and bakery formulations to impart unique textures, flavors, colors or other desirable properties. They are available as slices, flakes, nuggets, pellets or other forms. Examples of inclusions include: Dried fruit pieces Chocolate and confectionery chunks Unique grains and seeds Crunchy nuts [...]

7 02, 2019

Flavors

Flavors What are Flavors? Flavors are the entire range of sensations we perceive when we eat a food: taste, aroma, tactile and to some extent kinesthetic, temperature and pain sensations. Whether present naturally or added to baked goods, they are one of the largest single factors affecting our choice to purchase an [...]

5 02, 2019

What if There was No More Chocolate?!

Over 20 years ago, stakeholders in the cocoa industry got together to discuss the future of cocoa, and the sustainable cocoa sector was born to provide stability and benefits to the entire industry. What makes chocolate sustainable? Ecology/environmental protection: Implementing agricultural tools that reduce deforestation, end the use of toxic chemicals and prevent soil erosion. People/society: Farmers receive [...]

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