Saturday, December 24, 2011

12 Days of Christmas Confections -Day 9 - Decadent Flourless Chocolate Cake with Espresso

Day 9 - Flourless Chocolate Cake with Espresso

This particular confection is one that I have made for years. It's my go to for any semi-snazzy and beyond event. Flourless Chocolate cake with espresso, this recipe is deceptively easy, with a gourmet like result. The sophistication of a flourless cake paired with rich espresso makes this cake the perfect ending to any night, paired with a nice scotch and you have got the treat of the year! The cake takes mere minutes to prepare and chills over night, making it a hostess' dream as the perfect make in advance recipe. A forkful of elegance, this decadence is a holiday cocktail party must.

To really dress this up, garnish with fresh raspberries.

Flourless Chocolate Cake with Espresso 
Bon Appetit September 1995 by Marlin Kaplan

12 ounces semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
4 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
1 pound (4 sticks) unsalted butter, diced
1 cup freshly brewed espresso or 1 tablespoon instant espresso powder dissolved in 1 cup water
1 cup (packed) golden brown sugar
8 large eggs, beaten to blend
Preheat oven to 350 °F. Line bottom of 9-inch-diameter cake pan with 2-inch-high sides with parchment. Place all chocolate in large bowl. Bring butter, espresso and sugar to boil in medium saucepan, stirring to dissolve sugar. Add to chocolate; whisk until smooth. Cool slightly. Whisk in eggs.
Pour batter into prepared pan. Place cake pan in roasting pan. Pour enough hot water into roasting pan to come halfway up sides of cake pan. Bake until center of cake is set and tester inserted into center comes out with a few moist crumbs attached, about 1 hour. Remove pan from water. Chill cake overnight.
Cut around pan sides to loosen cake. Using oven mitts as aid, hold pan bottom over low heat for 15 seconds, warming slightly to release cake. Place platter over pan. Hold pan and platter together tightly and invert. Lift off cake pan; peel off parchment.

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