When we set out to make a brownie recipe with the same chew as boxed-mix versions but far superior chocolate flavor, we already knew what secret ingredient to turn to for the latter: instant espresso powder.
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So what exactly is instant espresso powder? There’s regular instant coffee and then there’s instant espresso. It’s made by brewing espresso-style coffee, dehydrating it, and grinding the solids into a fine powder. (And no, it won’t make your baked goods taste like a cup of joe; in side-by-side tests, we’ve found that a small amount pumps up the chocolate flavor without imparting a noticeable coffee presence.)
How Much Espresso Powder to Add to Brownies
If you want to try this but don’t have instant espresso powder, you can replace it with the same amount of instant coffee or ground espresso beans. But don’t try using regular ground coffee; it’ll leave a clear taste of coffee and gritty grounds that you’ll be picking out of your teeth.
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