Sunday, December 12, 2010
CHOCOLATE AND SNOW
What better way to spend a day confined to the house than by baking a cake!! I was (happily for the most part - once I got some eggs!) snowed in this week, and so of course hit the baking supplies.
This is the promised Flourless Chocolate Cake from Itsa Cookbook - it was just perfect with a mug of hot chocolate or coffee. The top was crusty and cratered, the middle rich, squidgy and delicious.
This is my submission for the Snow Day Bake Off over at A Slice Of Cherry Pie.
Flourless Chocolate Cake
270g dark chocolate
6 eggs, separated
120g ground almonds
100g milk or dark chocolate, chopped (optional but good!)
Preheat oven to 180 C
Line a springform tin with baking paper or butter and flour it.
I used a 22cm tin
Melt the butter and 270g chocolate in a bowl over a pot of simmering water.
Whisk the egg yolks and sugar together until thick and light in colour.
Add the melted chocolate mixture and combine.
Fold in the ground almonds.
Beat the egg whites until light and frothy (soft peak stage)
Stir one spoon of egg white into the chocolate vigorously.
Carefully fold the rest of the egg white in, keeping as much air in the mixture as you can.
Add the extra chocolate if you fancy.
Pour the batter into the prepared tin and bake for about 40 minutes (mine took longer). The edges should be set but the middle should still be soft.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the tin.