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Flourless Bittersweet Chocolate Cake with Milk Chocolate Drizzle
Recipe by: Tish Boyle
From: Chocolate Passion
This simple, stylish cake showcases the intensity of bittersweet chocolate. An ultra-thin layer of tangy raspberry preserves cuts the richness of the cake, and a shiny chocolate glaze and milk chocolate drizzle tops it off in elegant fashion. Serve it with whipped cream or a good vanilla ice cream.
Makes 12 servings.
Ingredients for Flourless chocolate cake
- 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into one-inch pieces
- 2 tablespoons brandy or cognac
- 6 large eggs, separated, at room temperature
- 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar, divided
Ingredients for Chocolate glaze
- 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
- 1/3 cup heavy cream
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1/3 cup seedless raspberry preserves
- 3 ounces good quality milk chocolate, melted
1. Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 350F. Butter the bottom and sides of a 9-inch springform pan. Line the bottom of the pan with a round of parchment or wax paper; butter the paper.
2. In a medium saucepan, combine the chocolate and butter. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, until the chocolate and butter are melted. Gently whisk until smooth. Remove from heat and stir in the brandy or cognac. Let cool.
3. In a medium bowl, whisk the egg yolks and 1/2 cup of the sugar until well blended. Stir in the melted chocolate mixture.
4. In the 4 1/2-quart bowl of a heavy-duty electric mixer, using the wire whip attachment, beat the egg whites at medium speed until frothy. Increase the speed to medium-high and beat the egg whites until soft peaks start to form. One tablespoon at a time, beat in the remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar. Continue beating until the egg whites are stiff, but not dry.
5. Using a large rubber spatula, gently fold the beaten egg whites into the chocolate mixture in 3 additions. Do not over mix.
6. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake until the cake is puffed and a tester inserted into the center comes out with moist crumbs attached, about 30 minutes. Transfer the pan to a wire rack and cool for 10 minutes. Using a small, sharp knife, cut around the sides of the cake to loosen it. Release the side of the pan. Invert the cake onto a wire rack. Peel off the parchment paper and cool the cake completely. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
7. Place the chocolate in a medium bowl. In a small saucepan, bring the heavy cream to a gentle boil. Whisk in the honey. Pour the hot cream mixture over the chocolate and let the mixture stand for 30 seconds to melt the chocolate. Whisk the mixture until smooth. Cover the surface of the glaze with plastic wrap and set aside at room temperature for 30 minutes, or until slightly thickened.
8. Remove the cake from the refrigerator and remove the plastic wrap. Place the cake on a wire rack set over a baking sheet. Using a metal spatula, spread the raspberry preserves evenly over the top and sides of the cake. Pour the chocolate glaze over the cake, covering it completely; spread evenly with a metal spatula. Drizzle the top of the glazed cake with the melted milk chocolate. Serve the cake immediately or refrigerate. Bring the cake to room temperature before serving.