Cocoa butter is a pure, stable fat that is widely used in body and face lotions. It is, however, employed in cookery, in both sweet and savoury dishes.
Cocoa butter, also known as cacao butter, has a cocoa flavour and aroma and is classified as vegetable fat. Despite the name’s usage of the term ‘butter’, it is vegan and includes no dairy products. Cocoa butter is a pale yellow solid that must be melted before it can be used in recipes. It is used in the production of white chocolate and other chocolate bars, providing the confection with a smooth and silky mouthfeel.
Cocoa butter and cocoa powder are made from cocoa beans from the Theobroma cacao plant. The process begins with roasting cocoa beans, which are then stripped of their hulls to reveal cocoa nibs. The cocoa nibs are ground into a paste and then pressed to extract the fat. Theobroma oil is a fat that has been made from the cocoa butter that has been separated from the particles, which are then turned into cocoa powder.
Cocoa butter has a pleasantly sweet flavour and aroma that is reminiscent of chocolate; the aroma overpowers the taste. It is seldom eaten on its own, but rather as an ingredient in other dishes. The texture of coconut butter is similar to the combination of coconut oil and coconut butter. Here’s how you can make cocoa butter at home.
•250 gm icing sugar
•2½ tbsp cocoa powder
•1 tbsp vanilla sugar
•250 gm butter
•Be cautious not to burn the butter as you melt it in a small pot over medium heat. After turning off the heat, add the remaining ingredients while stirring continuously.
•After pouring the mixture into a bowl, freeze it for three to four hours while shaking it three to four times.
•Dessert cups with cocoa butter inside should be refrigerated for at least one night. For a treat at brunch or in the afternoon, serve the cold cocoa butter with toast or biscuits.
Cocoa butter may provide richness to beverages and desserts and is a healthy ingredient in both sweet and savoury recipes. It can be substituted for butter in vegan or dairy-free recipes in favour of coconut butter or oil. Because of its high smoke point, cocoa butter is good for high-temperature cooking because it does not burn readily; it also does not require as much as other fats. Because cocoa butter is solid, it must be melted before use.