Sunday, June 8, 2008

Flourless Chocolate Cake, Gourmet '99

I had this recipe when it first came out in 1999, made it about 4 times, and then lost it in a move. I was devastated. It was like losing a friend and I had no way to find her. This is the perfect chocolate cake. I have dreams about this cake. I have tried a dozen recipes since then that are all too eggy, too souffle-y, too flour-y, too sweet. Whenever I searched on the Epicurious site I could not find the right one. I gave up a couple of years ago on flourless chocolate cake recipes, but smitten kitchen's writer, Deb, my favorite foodie writer, posted the recipe on her site about a month ago. I was overjoyed. I even commented on the post saying "Bless you" for finding this recipe, which I thought lost forever.

You cannot overlook this. It is the best excuse for eating a humongous truffle that I can think of. Follow the recipe to a T. The next day and cold is the best way to eat it. I made it yesterday for a dinner party along with Beef Korma. I didn't take any pictures, sorry. I will also have to post the Beef Korma recipe because it is divine. I've been buying whole spices and toasting/grinding them myself in my magic bullet, and it makes all the difference. I've made several Thai recipes this way. Don't be scared off by the number of ingredients because grinding the spices takes all of 2 minutes. I got it off a website (several had the same recipe) and I added the chutney and the granny smith apple. It adds the right touch.

Flourless Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Glaze
For cake

12 ounces bittersweet (not unsweetened) or semisweet chocolate, chopped

3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into pieces
6 large eggs, separated

12 tablespoons sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla extract
For glaze

1/2 cup whipping cream

1/2 cup dark corn syrup

9 ounces bittersweet (not unsweetened) or semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
Chocolate shavings
Make cake:Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter 9-inch-diameter springform pan. Line bottom of pan with parchment paper or waxed paper; butter paper. Wrap outside of pan with foil. Stir chocolate and butter in heavy medium saucepan over low heat until melted and smooth. Remove from heat. Cool to lukewarm, stirring often.
Using electric mixer, beat egg yolks and 6 tablespoons sugar in large bowl until mixture is very thick and pale, about 3 minutes. Fold lukewarm chocolate mixture into yolk mixture, then fold in vanilla extract. Using clean dry beaters, beat egg whites in another large bowl until soft peaks form. Gradually add remaining 6 tablespoons sugar, beating until medium-firm peaks form. Fold whites into chocolate mixture in 3 additions. Pour batter into prepared pan.
Bake cake until top is puffed and cracked and tester inserted into center comes out with some moist crumbs attached, about 50 minutes. Cool cake in pan on rack (cake will fall).
Gently press down crusty top to make evenly thick cake. Using small knife, cut around pan sides to loosen cake. Remove pan sides. Place 9-inch-diameter tart pan bottom or cardboard round atop cake. Invert cake onto tart pan bottom. Peel off parchment paper.
Make glaze:

Bring cream and corn syrup to simmer in medium saucepan. Remove from heat. Add chocolate and whisk until melted and smooth.
Place cake on rack set over baking sheet. Spread 1/2 cup glaze smoothly over top and sides of cake. Freeze until almost set, about 3 minutes. Pour remaining glaze over cake; smooth sides and top. Place cake on platter. Chill until glaze is firm, about 1 hour. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover with cake dome; store at room temperature.) Garnish with chocolate shavings or leaves. Serve at room temperature.

Beef Korma


1 tablespoon coriander seed

1 tablespoon cumin seed 1 teaspoon cardamom seed (without pods)

1 teaspoon crushed red pepper

6 whole cloves

1/3 cup water

1/4 cup blanched slivered almonds

8 cloves garlic

1 tablespoon gingerroot; coarsely chopped

1 1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

2 lb beef or lamb stewing meat; cut into 1-inch cube

1 tablespoon cooking oil 2 tablespoon cooking oil

2 medium onions; thinly sliced & separated

1/2 cup water

3/4 cup whipping cream

1/2 cup plain yogurt

2 tablespoon all-purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon garam masala

1 granny smith apple sliced thinly

2 heaping t. chutney (mango, apricot, whatever)

1 T sugar

2 tablespoon snipped coriander or parsley

Directions: Toast the spices in a fry pan over medium heat. Stir and remove from heat once the aroma kicks in and they are slightly browned. In a blender container combine coriander seed, cumin seed, cardamom seed, crushed red pepper, and whole cloves. Cover the blender container and grind the spices into a fine powder. Add 1/3 cup water, the slivered blanched almonds, garlic cloves, gingerroot, salt and ground cinnamon. Cover the blender container and blend till the mixture has a pasted consistency.

In a 4 quart saucepan or Dutch oven brown 1/2 of the meat on all sides in 1 tablespoon hot oil; remove. Repeat with remaining meat, add 1 tablespoon additional oil, if needed; remove. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in the saucepan; add onions. Cook and stir over medium-high heat for 8-10 minutes or till onions begin to brown. Reduce heat to medium. Add blended spice mixture; cook and stir 3-4 minutes more or till slightly browned. Add meat and 1/2 cup water to the saucepan. Cover and simmer for 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 hours or till meat is tender; stir occasionally. Add apple slices about 10-15 minutes before done. When meat is tender, stir together whipping cream, yogurt, flour, and garam masala. Stir mixture into Dutch oven. Also add sugar and chutney. Cook and stir till thickened and bubbly. Cook and stir 1-2 minutes more.Transfer to serving bowl; sprinkle with coriander or parsley. Serve with Indian Spiced Rice or hot cooked rice. Recipe by: BH&G (Hot & Spicy) Posted to MC-Recipe Digest V1 #696 by on Jul 29, 1997


Yesenia said...

MARIKO! You are going to be SO proud of me! I am going to "attempt" to make the flourless chocolate cake, just for kicks! I want to see if I am able to make good food like you and Da. And when I make it, I am going to take pictures and make you good cooks proud! Thanks for the recipe!

Mariko said...

I'm sure you will be successful. It's not really that hard. If you have access to a kitchenaid you should use that for the egg white part because it's hard to get the right consistency without it.

Melinda said...

this looks great. a huge truffle? yes, please.
i wish i were there for the beef korma. i'll print off the recipe and maybe someday it'll materialize in our kitchen.
ps last night isaac was in bed listing off all our friends in hawaii: jake, mariko, amaya, izzy, cailin, jarom, etc...
cute huh