Saturday, 28 February 2009

Flourless seduction

Beautiful bite ...

I am cooking this months challenge from my mothers house. I came to Estonia for a week. Its snowy here and pleasently cold, not too much. Just a perfect environment to pamper our tastebuds with divine chocolate flavour.

New chocolate cake recipes are always welcome. This was my first time to try the flourless version. The amount of chocolate that goes in is a bit scary in first glimpse, but in the taste it transformes into true pleasure.

The February 2009 challenge is hosted by Wendy of WMPE's blog and Dharm of Dad ~ Baker & Chef.We have chosen a Chocolate Valentino cake by Chef Wan; a Vanilla Ice Cream recipe from Dharm and a Vanilla Ice Cream recipe from Wendy as the challenge.

Cake was unbelievably easy to make. I did ditched the ice cream making part and served it with store bought vanilla ice cream. The photograph that I am using is without the ice-cream though, for a simple reason that I prefered it without ice-cream. Just with a dash of powdered sugar and lingonberries from my mothers freezer.

Chocolate Valentino

454 grams of semisweet chocolate, roughly chopped
146 grams total of unsalted butter
5 large eggs separated

1. Put chocolate and butter in a heatproof bowl and set over a pan of simmering water (the bottom of the bowl should not touch the water) and melt, stirring often.
2. While your chocolate butter mixture is cooling. Butter your pan and line with a parchment circle then butter the parchment.
3. Separate the egg yolks from the egg whites and put into two medium/large bowls.
4. Whip the egg whites in a medium/large grease free bowl until stiff peaks are formed (do not over-whip or the cake will be dry).
5. With the same beater beat the egg yolks together.
6. Add the egg yolks to the cooled chocolate.
7. Fold in 1/3 of the egg whites into the chocolate mixture and follow with remaining 2/3rds. Fold until no white remains without deflating the batter. {link of folding demonstration}
8. Pour batter into prepared pan, the batter should fill the pan 3/4 of the way full, and bake at 375F/190C
9. Bake for 25 minutes until an instant read thermometer reads 140F/60C. Note – If you do not have an instant read thermometer, the top of the cake will look similar to a brownie and a cake tester will appear wet.
10. Cool cake on a rack for 10 minutes then unmold.

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