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Saturday, February 28, 2009

February Daring Challenge: Flourless Chocolate Cake

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.

Thank you so much to both for host!

Dear Fellow Daring Bakers,
this month's challenge was definitely something that i'd always wanted to try out: flourless baking. i was going to wait til the very last minute to make this with my sister who is visiting from boarding school but one night last week i had a craving for something chocolate-y. rather than try to do something crazy original, i decided to actually do my homework in a timely manner. i may have let them stay in the oven too long so they weren't as fudge-y as i would've liked but they were still good. i made a vietnamese coffee granita because the ice cream maker that i bought off a friend doesn't work. for such a short month, i was able to do the challenge at my leisure. it's still up in the air if i'll ever make this again...

till next month,
Love and sunshine,
Angry Asian

(click on Read more for the recipe and more pix)

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Chocolate Valentino
Preparation Time: 20 minutes

16 ounces (1 pound) (454 grams) of semisweet chocolate, roughly chopped
½ cup (1 stick) plus 2 tablespoons (146 grams total) of unsalted butter
5 large eggs separated

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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 or 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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8 comments:

  1. I love your photos. That perfect heart shaped valentino is to die for!

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  2. Oh my, those are some tempting pictures... I am way too tempted by chocolate!

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  3. Ciao ! Your granita pairs so well with the cake !

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  4. Love that you paired it with a Vietnamese coffee granita! Great job :)

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  5. Your cake looks great! Your granita sounds like a great accompianment to it. Great job.

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  7. Hello,

    We bumped into your blog and we really liked it - great recipes YUM!!! YUM!!!.
    We would like to add it to the Petitchef.com.

    We would be delighted if you could add your blog to Petitchef so that our users can, as us,
    enjoy your recipes.

    Petitchef is a french based Cooking recipes Portal. Several hundred Blogs are already members
    and benefit from their exposure on Petitchef.com.

    To add your site to the Petitchef family you can use http://en.petitchef.com/?obj=front&action=site_ajout_form or just go to Petitchef.com and click on "Add your site"

    Best regards,

    Vincent
    petitchef.com

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  8. Love that you paired it with a Vietnamese coffee granita! Great job :)

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