Chocolate cake is just one of those things...that is always in fashion...always popular...and has a very long history in food traditions...around the world.
A good chocolate cake is always in season...and the below recipe is one of the best recipes I have ever made for chocolate cake...as well as for the taste.
This is a French chocolate cake recipe...very rich...very simple to make...and it uses very little flour. The butter gives this cake its richness...and the almond meal is an ingredient that I have come to love...and you will love the flavor and texture it gives to baked goods.
Please use a very good quality dark chocolate...it makes a huge difference. And keep in mind...a very small slice of this cake will do...it is very rich.
FRENCH CHOCOLATE CAKE
9 ounces dark chocolate...70 percent caco
14 tablespoons butter ( I prefer unsalted butter...but use what you like)
1 cup sugar
1 scant cup almond meal
1/3 cup flour or gluten free flour
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line the bottom of an 11 inch cake or springform pan with a disk of wax paper.. or buttered parchment paper. Melt the chocolate and butter...on very low heat or use a double boiler to melt.....constantly stirring so it does not burn. Once it is melted set aside to cool...a bit.
Next separate the eggs the eggs...the yolks going into one large bowl...the egg whites in another large bowl. Put the egg whites into the fridge...and then whisk the egg yolks with the sugar until a light lemon yellow.
In a small bowl stir together the almond meal and the flour.
Add the warm chocolate mixture to the egg yolks and whisk quickly and thoroughly to combine. Add the flour and almond meal mixture and fold in with a spatula...just enough to combine.
Take the egg whites out of the fridge...and beat the egg whites until they hold a stiff peak.Using a spatula or a wooden spoon...gently fold HALF the egg whites into the chocolate mixture...then fold in the rest.
Pour prepared cake batter into the pan...and bake on the center rack of your oven for 15 minutes.After baking the cake mixture for 15 minutes...turn off the heat and let the cake rest in the oven for 10 minutes...with the oven door slightly ajar. The cake will not look done when you take it out...so do not be concerned. Cool completely on a wire rack in the cake pan...the texture of the cake will set as it cools. Gently take the cake out of its pan...with the same method you use to remove any cake after cooling...and set it out on a cake dish. This cake tastes even better the next day...if it lasts that long!
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