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    The best chocolate for cooking has over 70% cocoa solids in it. Good milk chocolate has something like 40% cocoa solids and Cadbury's has even less - hence why there was a furore a couple of years back with the EU saying that because the percentage of cocoa solids was so low, it shouldn't technically be sold as chocolate. Cooking chocolate is horrible, it's mainly cocoa butter and flavourings and isn't good for much - calling it cooking chocolate is a bit of a misnomer because something with that much fat in it won't be very good for most chocolate recipes.

    When I make brownies I use Nigel Slater's recipe and good 70% chocolate (I don't make them that often and I'd rather have a really good brownie less often). In general, you want a 70% cocoa solid chocolate for cooking. You can get 85% and 90% chocolate but they tend to be really bitter, so are better in savoury recipes rather than sweet.
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    (Original post by Paeony)
    The best chocolate for cooking has over 70% cocoa solids in it. Good milk chocolate has something like 40% cocoa solids and Cadbury's has even less - hence why there was a furore a couple of years back with the EU saying that because the percentage of cocoa solids was so low, it shouldn't technically be sold as chocolate. Cooking chocolate is horrible, it's mainly cocoa butter and flavourings and isn't good for much - calling it cooking chocolate is a bit of a misnomer because something with that much fat in it won't be very good for most chocolate recipes.

    When I make brownies I use Nigel Slater's recipe and good 70% chocolate (I don't make them that often and I'd rather have a really good brownie less often). In general, you want a 70% cocoa solid chocolate for cooking. You can get 85% and 90% chocolate but they tend to be really bitter, so are better in savoury recipes rather than sweet.
    It winds me up when people use stuff like Cadburys to cook with, some of my friends always do it and I just don't get it at all. Doesn't taste good!
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    Bit of a long shot here, but does anyone have "The Student Cookbook"? It's orange and has my favourite brownie recipe in it but it's my housemates book and now I've moved out I can't remember how to make them! Woe
 
 
 
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