Food for Thought

Natural vs. dutch-processed cocoa

  • Natural (non-alkalized) cocoa powder is pure roasted cocoa beans with most of the fat removed and ground to a fine powder.
  • Dutch-process or alkalized cocoa is chemically processed to reduce the acidity and harshness of natural cocoa.

Differences and opinions for you, see what you like.

To get fudgy Brownies:

  • Use a higher fat-to-flour ratio. So add more fat — in this case, butter and chocolate. A cakey batch has more flour and relies on baking powder for leavening.
  • The amount of sugar and eggs does not change whether your brownies will be fudgy or cakey