Saturday, February 28, 2009

Decadent "Chocolate Valentino" Cake

It's Daring Bakers time again!!!
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.

This was the PERFECT dessert to make for Valentine's Day. I actually baked it in a heart-shaped pan. I've never made a cake with fewer only 3 items long, the ingredients list made me do a double-take. I had heard of flourless cakes, and I've been wanting to try one. It's super simple to make, and the results are down-right decadent! It's more dense than a normal won't have the spongy texture that you might be used to with a regular layer cake. However, nothing beats a warm piece of cake with vanilla ice cream melting down the sides!

How was your Valentine's Day this year? I hope it was fabulous!!! Brad cooked his traditional Valentine's Day dinner for me...his Famous Spaghetti. It was SO good!

Chocolate Valentino
(a.k.a. Flourless Chocolate Cake)
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

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.

Dharm's Ice Cream Recipe
Classic Vanilla Ice Cream
Preparation Time: 30 minutes
Recipe comes from "The Ice Cream Book" by Joanna Farrow and Sara Lewis (tested modifications and notes in parentheses by Dharm)

1 Vanilla Pod (or substitute with vanilla extract)
300ml / ½ pint / 1 ¼ cups Semi Skimmed Milk – in the U.S. this is 2% fat (or use fresh full fat milk that is pasteurised and homogenised {as opposed to canned or powdered}). Dharm used whole milk.
4 large egg yolks
75g / 3oz / 6 tbsp caster sugar {superfine sugar can be achieved in a food processor or use regular granulated sugar}
5ml / 1 tsp corn flour {cornstarch}
300ml / ½ pint / 1 ¼ cups Double Cream (48% butter fat) {in the U.S. heavy cream is 37% fat){you can easily increase your cream's fat content by heating 1/4 cup of heavy cream with 3 Tbs of butter until melted - cool to room temperature and add to the heavy cream as soon as whisk marks appear in the cream, in a slow steady stream, with the mixer on low speed. Raise speed and continue whipping the cream) or use heavy cream the difference will be in the creaminess of the ice cream.

1. Using a small knife slit the vanilla pod lengthways. Pour the milk into a heavy based saucepan, add the vanilla pod and bring to the boil. Remove from heat and leave for 15 minutes to allow the flavours to infuseLift the vanilla pod up. Holding it over the pan, scrape the black seeds out of the pod with a small knife so that they fall back into the milk. SET the vanilla pod aside and bring the milk back to the boil.
2. Whisk the egg yolks, sugar and corn-flour in a bowl until the mixture is thick and foamy.

3. Gradually pour in the hot milk, whisking constantly. Return the mixture to the pan and cook over a gentle hear, stirring all the time

4. When the custard thickens and is smooth, pour it back into the bowl. Cool it then chill.

5. By Hand: Whip the cream until it has thickened but still falls from a spoon. Fold it into the custard and pour into a plastic tub or similar freeze-proof container. Freeze for 6 hours or until firm enough to scoop, beating it twice (during the freezing process – to get smoother ice cream or else the ice cream will be icy and coarse)By Using and Ice Cream Maker: Stir the cream into the custard and churn the mixture until thick (follow instructions on your ice cream maker)


Lisa said...

Stunning photos! It looks like I can pull your cake and ice cream right off the screen. Also, your presentation is top notch! Who wouldn't want that served to them? Great job!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Gorgeous looking! Very well done here!



Michelle N said...

Looks wonderfull! Love the pictures! Well done!

Lauren said...

Mmm, your cake looks beautiful!! I love the pictures as well =D!!

Fahrenheit 350° said...

I had to do a double take on the ingredients too! Your pictures are stunning!

J said...

Looks yummy!!!!

Great job.

Amy said...

Yum! These look so good!

géraldine said...

Hello!! I discovered your blog by Sandra from Le Pétrin, it is fantastic! I share your passion for cooking, I live in New Jersey for 8 months and discovered the American product. I sometimes have problems finding the equivalent of French products.
Bravo for yor blog!

Jenny said...

You did a great job on this challenge, and your pictures look terrific too.

~Amber~ said...

Your cake looks amazing! Great job on the challenge.

Ally said...

I loved this challenge too, you did a wonderful job!

Christina said...

I love the pictures of your dessert! Awesome job!

Jo said...

Well done and great job on your challenge.

Celeste said...

Thanks everybody! You're gonna make me blush. ;)

Your comments mean the world to me! Thanks for reading! :)