Chocolate has a strong reputation for its use in delicious desserts and sensational sweets, but what about dinner? Did you know that there are many other uses for chocolate beyond dessert? Different types of chocolate such as unsweetened baking chocolate, cocoa powder, and cocoa butter can be used to create savoury dishes.
Baking chocolate is known for being used in desserts when paired with sweeteners, but have you ever considered how it could be used in other applications? Perhaps you have heard of the trend of pairing chocolate with bacon. While that is an option, there are other, more subtle, savoury pairings to consider with the best baking chocolate.
Unsweetened baking chocolate can be used to make savoury chocolate sauces that can be paired with meats. Chocolate sauces can be sweet, savoury, or even spicy!
Other dishes that might incorporate the best baking chocolate include quinoa chocolate breakfast bowls, coffee, hummus, risotto, bread, or even pancakes!
Cocoa powder can be used as an ingredient in meat rubs or sauces. It can be especially good for poultry or pork. Because of the versatile nature of the powder, it can also be incorporated into many of the same recipes as baking chocolate. However, the cocoa powder may have a different texture than baking chocolate.
Cocoa butter is the part of the cocoa plant that is used in white chocolate. However, it does not contain the part of the plant that gets processed into cocoa powder. Cocoa butter is used in meat sauces, seafood, and eastern dishes such as curries.
Try it For Yourself
Check out this chocolate zucchini bread recipe by Wyld Flour:
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- ¾ teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¾ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 2 large eggs
- ¼ cup canola or vegetable oil
- ¼ cup plain greek yoghurt (nonfat or whole)
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 ½ cups shredded zucchini
- Extra chocolate chips for topping
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Shred the zucchini using a large-holed cheese grater. Lightly squeeze the zucchini with paper towels so that the zucchini is not dripping, but so that it is still moist.
- Mix flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and chocolate chips in a large mixing bowl.
- In a separate small bowl, whisk together eggs, oil, yoghurt, sugar, and vanilla until smooth.
- Use a fork to mix the egg/sugar mixture into the dry ingredients, stirring until fully incorporated, and there are few lumps.
- Use a spatula to fold in the zucchini, pushing the dough around to make sure the zucchini is evenly spread throughout. Pour the batter into a greased loaf pan, scraping down the sides. Loosely scatter chocolate chips on top of the batter to your liking.
- Bake for 40-50 minutes, until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Remove from oven and let cool.