From chocolate cakes to custards and cookies, instant espresso powder takes your desserts up a notch!
What is instant espresso powder?
Instant espresso powder is brewed espresso that has been dried into a powder. That means it’s got all the flavor that a shot of espresso has, minus the water. When instant espresso powder gets mixed with liquid (cream, custard, egg whites or cake batter, for example) it releases its flavor into the liquid.
What makes instant espresso powder great?
Instant espresso powder is a magical baking and dessert ingredient. What makes it so great is not only its delicious coffee flavor, but the fact that it is very concentrated AND dry. That means that you can add a nice, strong coffee flavor with just a little bit of powder and, most importantly, without adding any liquid.
For example, you can easily flavor a macaron batter that would be a watery mess if you poured actual coffee or espresso into it. Or you can make an espresso-flavored whipped cream. The powder opens up lots of options.
Instant espresso powder and chocolate:
Even if you’re not necessarily after a strong coffee flavor, instant espresso powder can work its magic. That’s because it intensifies and enhances chocolate flavors. So whether you have a batter, a glaze, a custard, a ganache or a mousse, adding instant espresso powder will make it better!
Is instant espresso powder the same as ground espresso?
No, those are two different things. Ground espresso is simply finely ground roasted coffee beans. That means that, unlike instant espresso powder, ground espresso will never dissolve. Therefore you cannot substitute ground espresso for instant espresso powder.
Can I substitute instant coffee for instant espresso powder?
No. Instant espresso powder is much more concentrated than instant coffee and has a much stronger, darker and more intense flavor.
A few delicious recipes using instant espresso powder:
Baked Chocolate Cake Donuts with Bourbon Glaze:
Instant espresso powder intensifies the flavors of the dark chocolate Bourbon glaze in these baked Nutella chocolate cake donuts.
Coffee-flavored inside and out, these coffee macarons are a delicious and fancy treat.
Chocolate Espresso Pots de Creme (No-Bake):
Instant espresso powder intensifies the chocolate custard and flavors the whipped cream topping in these pots de creme.
Chocolate Bourbon Cake:
This chocolate Bourbon cake is made with a coffee-, Bourbon- and chocolate-flavored batter and glaze.
Coffee Borgia Mousse:
Orange, chocolate and coffee flavors comes together in this easy chocolate mousse.
Espresso Bourbon Truffles:
These dark and intense Bourbon chocolate truffles make a decadent dessert.
Mini Chocolate Cupcakes:
These mini chocolate cupcakes get a boost of intensity from a little bit of instant espresso powder.
Salted Caramel Mocha Macarons:
Espresso- and chocolate flavors come together in the almond meringue shells of these salted caramel mocha macarons.