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by Alice Medrich

 

The Ultimate Flourless Chocolate Cake

Alice's Recipe using Scharffen Berger Couverture

 

This recipe originally appeared in Cook's Illustrated magazine. In the course of developing the recipe for the article, I tested it with the then-brand-new Scharffen Berger 70%. I found it superb.

 

Ingredients:
8 large cold eggs
1 pound Scharffen Berger 70% Bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
8 ounce unsalted butter, cut into 1/2 inch chunks
1/4 cup strong coffee or liqueur, optional
Confectioners' sugar or cocoa, optional for decoration

Equipment:
an 8 inch springform pan

 

1. Position the oven rack to the lower third of the oven (lower center) and preheat to 325 degrees. Line the bottom of the pan with parchment paper and grease the sides. Set the pan on a wide sheet of heavy duty foil and wrap the foil up the sides without tearing it. Set the pan in a larger baking pan or a roasting pan. Bring a kettle of water to a boil.

2. Use a hand held mixer (preferably) to beat the eggs at high speed for 5 minutes until the volume of the eggs doubles to approximately 1 quart. If you have to use a heavy duty mixer such as a Kitchen Aid, use the whisk attachment and speed 6, beating to the same volume which will tack about the same amount of time.

3. Meanwhile melt the chocolate and butter (with liquor or coffee if you are using it) in a large heat proof bowl either set in a pan of barely simmer water or in the microwave at 50% power for 4-6 minutes, stirring frequently until the mixture is smooth and warm (about 115 degrees).

4. Fold 1/3 of the egg foam into the chocolate mixture with a large rubber spatula until just a few streak of egg are still visible; fold in half of the remaining foam likewise. Fold the remaining foam into the batter until completely incorporated.

5. Scrape the batter into the prepared spring form and smooth the surface. Set the roasting pan on the oven rack and pour in enough boiling water into it to come about halfway up the side of the springform. Bake until the cake has risen slightly, edges are just beginning to set, a thin glazed crust (like a brownie) has formed on the surface, and an instant read thermometer inserted halfway into the center of the cake registers 140 degrees, 22-25 minutes. Remove the springform pan from the water bath and set on a wire rack. Cool to room temperature. Cover and refrigerate overnight to mellow. Cake can be kept covered and refrigerated up to 4 days.

6. About 30 minutes before serving, remove the springform pan sides, invert the cake on a sheet of waxed paper, peel off parchment pan liner, and turn cake right side up on a serving platter. Sieve lightly with cocoa or confectioners' sugar if desired. Serve with whipped cream and raspberry sauce if desired.

Alice Medrich  

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