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National Bittersweet Chocolate Day – January 10

National Bittersweet Chocolate Day

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Today is National Bittersweet Chocolate Day. There are many types of chocolates – milk chocolate, dark chocolate, white chocolate, just to name a few. You’ll find many of these in our previous blog posts along with chocolate history and an intensely chocolatey recipe.

One chocolate (cacao) can take on many forms by varying the quantities of the different ingredients and the time and temperature when roasting the cocoa beans. Now, we have more chocolates to choose from for baking and snacks.

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What is Bittersweet Chocolate?

Bittersweet chocolate is chocolate liquor or unsweetened chocolate (cacao) to which some sugar (less than a third), more cocoa butter, vanilla flavoring, and sometimes lecithin has been added. It typically has less sugar and more liquor than semisweet chocolate, but the two are interchangeable when baking.

Bittersweet and semisweet chocolates are sometimes referred to as “couverture”. Many brands now print on the package the percentage of cocoa in the chocolate (as chocolate liquor and added cocoa butter). You’ll note when the percentage of cocoa increases the sweetness of the chocolate decreases.

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Bittersweet chocolate can be replaced with cocoa powder for baking. For each ounce of bittersweet chocolate you’re replacing, add one tablespoon of cocoa powder, one tablespoon of sugar and two teaspoons of butter to your recipe.

Chocolate liquor is the ground or melted state of the nib of the cacao bean, containing roughly equal parts cocoa butter and solids.

Bittersweet Chocolate Recipe

Bittersweet Chocolate Pound Cake
Serves 12
This deep, dark chocolate pound cake with a hint of coffee is tested and approved.
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Prep Time
30 min
Prep Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. CAKE
  2. 2 cups all-purpose flour
  3. 1 teaspoon baking powder
  4. 1 teaspoon baking soda
  5. 1 1/2 cups water
  6. 2 tablespoons instant coffee granules
  7. 6 ounces unsweetened baking chocolate, broken into pieces
  8. 2 cups sugar
  9. 1 cup Land O Lakes® Butter softened
  10. 1 teaspoon vanilla
  11. 3 large Land O Lakes® Eggs
  12. GLAZE
  13. 2 ounces unsweetened baking chocolate, broken into pieces
  14. 3 tablespoons Land O Lakes® Butter
  15. 1 1/2 cups sifted powdered sugar
  16. 2 to 3 tablespoons water
  17. 1 teaspoon vanilla
  18. Powdered sugar, if desired
Instructions
  1. STEP 1
  2. Heat oven to 325°F. Grease 10-inch Bundt® pan. Set aside.
  3. STEP 2
  4. Combine flour, baking powder and baking soda in bowl. Set aside.
  5. STEP 3
  6. Bring water and coffee granules to boil in small saucepan; remove from heat. Add 6 ounces baking chocolate; stir until smooth.
  7. STEP 4
  8. Combine sugar, butter and 1 teaspoon vanilla in bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy. Add eggs; beat at high speed 5 minutes. Gradually add flour mixture alternately with chocolate mixture, beating at low speed, until well mixed. Pour into prepared pan.
  9. STEP 5
  10. Bake 50-60 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 30 minutes.
  11. STEP 6
  12. Melt 2 ounces baking chocolate and 3 tablespoons butter in small heavy saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly, until smooth. Remove from heat. Stir in powdered sugar alternately with water until desired glazing consistency. Stir in 1 teaspoon vanilla. Drizzle cooled cake with glaze; sprinkle with powdered sugar, if desired.
Adapted from Land O’ Lakes
Adapted from Land O’ Lakes
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How to observe National Bittersweet Chocolate Day

Bake, photograph and submit your chocolatey creation for a chance to win a prize in our January Readers’ Choice Award.

Follow us on Twitter and post today’s food holiday with the hashtag #NationalBittersweetChocolateDay

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We invite you to share your favorite dishes with our readers to enjoy. Enter for a chance to win the Readers’ Choice Award for the most appetizing January food holiday.

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