Tuesday, April 23, 2013

If any food can really cheer one up, that is it!

When I am at a restaurant and whenever I see a Flourless chocolate cake on the dessert menu, I always, always go fro it. It's my favorite dessert in the world! I had never however attempted to make that at home, not sure why... I don't bake a lot of desserts and sometimes when I look at baking cook books I feel a bit intimidated. With regular cooking it doesn't usually matter if you get flexible with proportions and ingredients,  which I always do, but it matters in baking. But when I saw this recipe for a flourless chocolate torte in the Food Network Magazine at an airport when I recently had to travel for work, I just couldn't wait to get home so I could make it! I had no idea it was so easy to make! I've made it twice since and I know it's going to be one of my go-to dessert recipes from now on.

Please, notice that I am not labeling this post with my "picky eater" or "healthy" tags. I do realize that rarely desserts make it on the list of healthy foods. But I could: I bet your picky eater would gladly eat this treat, although Allie to this day has not had a privilege of trying a chocolate cake yet. Or I could tag it "healthy", because sometimes that's how I justify it in my head: it doesn't have white flour, so it's good. And it has eggs, nothing wrong with eggs. Lots and lots of chocolate, but didn't some studies discover that chocolate is great for you? what else...oh yeah, 12 tablespoons of butter. But again, butter is made out of milk and milk is also good for you. So really if you think about it REALLY hard and turn your imagination up, you're eating a healthy dessert, full of calcium and antioxidants! But no, seriously, this is just a little break from all the healthy cooking and a nice, delicious treat for moms and dads. Make it, it's so easy and soooo good!

Flourless Chocolate Torte

from Food Network Magazine April 2013

1 1/2 sticks (12 Tbsp) unsalted butter, cut in small pieces
12 oz bittersweet chocolate or chocolate chips
6 eggs
1/2 C sugar
pinch of salt
non-stick spray

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9-inch springform pan with a non-stick spray. Break the chocolate into small pieces or use chocolate chips and place them in a heatproof bowl along with the pieces of butter. Place the bowl over a saucepan with simmering water and keep stirring with a whisk the butter-chocolate mixture until it completely melts. This time I used a mixture of a chocolate bar and chocolate chips.

Combine eggs, sugar and salt in another bowl.

Beat with a mixer on medium-high speed until pale and thick 5 to 8 minutes. The instructions say specifically 5 to 8 minutes. The first time I made this torte, I only used the mixer for about a minute, if that. The second time I followed through the full 8 minutes. Honestly, I can't say there was any difference in taste (the 2nd one did look better though, more even and smooth)

Gently fold the cooled melted chocolate mixture into the egg mixture until just combined

Pour the batter into the prepared pan 

Bake for 35-45 minutes until a toothpick inserted comes out almost clean.

Let cool slightly and flip it onto a plate and decorate with some powdered sugar.

Serve with some raspberries and if you are a tea drinker, this goes real nice with a cup of Earl Grey

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