Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Fallen Chocolate Soufflé Cake


Sometimes, making dessert can be very time consuming. Hence, that’s the reason why I am always searching for good, fuss free dessert recipes that I can enjoy making. Well, this is one of them, a fantastic Fallen Chocolate Soufflé Cake recipe that I had adapted from Alice Medrich’s Bittersweet baking book. It’s a simple and yet delicious dessert recipe that’s now one of my all-time favorites!


Recipe adapted from Bittersweet by Alice Medrich

Fallen Chocolate Soufflé Cake


Ingredients

¼ Cup (1 oz) Blanched Almond
3 Tbsp All-Purpose Flour
3 oz Bittersweet or Semisweet Chocolate, finely chopped
½ Cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder (Natural or Dutch-Process)
1 Cup Sugar
½ Cup Boiling Water
2 Large Eggs, separated, at room temperature
1 Tbsp Brandy
2 Large Egg Whites, at room temperature
Scant ¼ tsp Cream of Tartar
2 to 3 tsp Powdered Sugar
Lightly Sweetened Whipped Cream for topping (optional)

An 8 x 3 Springform Pan or Cheesecake Pan with a removable bottom

Method

Position a rack in the lower third of the oven and preheat the oven to 375˚F. Place a round of parchment paper in the bottom of the cake pan and spray the sides with vegetable oil spray.

In a food processor or blender, grind the almonds with the flour until very fine.

Combine the chocolate, cocoa, and ¾ cup of the sugar in a large bowl. Pour in the boiling water and whisk until mixture is smooth and the chocolate is completely melted. Whisk in the egg yolks and brandy; set aside.

Combine the egg whites and cream of tartar in a medium bowl. Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed until soft peaks form. Gradually sprinkle in the remaining ¼ cup sugar and beat on high speed until stiff but not dry.

Whisk the flour and almond mixture into the chocolate. Fold about a quarter of the egg whites into the chocolate mixture to lighten it, and then fold in the remaining egg whites. Scrape the batter into the pan and level the top if necessary.

Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, until a toothpick or wooden skewer inserted into the center comes out with a few moist crumbs clinging to it. Cool the pan on a wire rack. The torte will sink like a soufflé.

Taking care not to crack the edges of the torte, run a knife between the torte and the sides of the pan to release the cake. Remove the sides of the pan and invert the cake onto a plate. Remove the pan bottom and paper liner. Turn right side up on a platter. Using a fine mesh sieve, sift a little powdered sugar over the top. Serve with a little whipped cream, if you desired.

17 comments :

  1. the texture is awesome, I would love a slice.

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  2. give me some slice. .I'd rather made for myself lol They look wonderful

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  3. the blueberries are almost as big as raspberries? woohhh.. awesome

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  4. I love how fudgy this looks. To die for :).

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  5. It looks great. I love the idea.

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  6. Really delicious! Looks just divine!

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  7. Looks gorgeous! I like simple recipes too!

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  8. Mmm that looks dark and delicious! Yum!

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  9. mmmmm...looks delish ! Slurping it off from the screen :p Thanks Angie for this simple and fuss free dessert. I know my Piggies would love to have them for their dessert..hahaha anything chocolatey will do :)

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  10. Yummy! I like it! It seems like when I taste a bit of it I will ask for more. I can't wait to share this recipe with my friends.Thanks for sharing.

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  11. wow!! cant believe this is 'fuss free' coz it def look very fancy to me! thanks for sharing this fav recipe of yours..ill def be making it sometime soon!

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  12. Yummy. Moist and dark, I really have to make this soon!

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  13. Ohhh man, that looks so good. It looks like a super-dense brownie!

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  14. That cake is absolutely gorgeous! We'd love if you could enter it into theRecipe4Living 5th Birthday Contest! You could win a huge gift basket full of Scharffen Berger gourmet chocolate!

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  15. I love Alice's cookbooks. And the woman definitely knows her chocolate desserts. ;)

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  16. That looks so yummy and lovely!

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  17. This turned out fantastically, and is a new favorite! Definitely make it!

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