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chocolate valentino, flourless chocolate cake

In desserts, food porn, gluten free, paleo, primal, recipes on July 12, 2012 at 10:41 am

Flourless chocolate cake, spiced up with a hint of chili powder.   A silky, decadant texture…very moist and rich.  Heaven!!

Served with sweetened whipped cream, a simple raspberry sauce and fresh raspberries – a  classic and  perfect combination.

Chocolate has many associations – godliness, health-giving, mood altering, and addicting. Bless the ancient Mayans and Aztecs for developing the cocoa bean into the delicious luxurious chocolate drink that the Spanish explorers brought back to Spain. How the Spanish kept chocolate a secret for 100  years is a mystery that perhaps can only be explained by the lack of the internet!

Use your favorite chocolate – the finished cake will taste exactly like the chocolate you use. Be creative with your chocolate, if you like a sweeter cake use milk chocolate or a combination of the semisweet and milk chocolate. If you like bittersweet chocolate use that and add sweetness by mixing the semi sweet with bittersweet. If you are daring, try white chocolate. A higher cocoa percentage increases the bitterness of the chocolate.

Note: it is optional to use a heart shaped pan. For a real Valentino, bake it in a heart shaped pan or cut it out into a heart shape. You may use any shape pan that gives you an area of 50” – 6×8 or 7×7. An 8” spring form pan works with great results as do smaller pans or ramekins.

This recipe is adapted from Sweet Treats by Chef Wan.

Chocolate Valentino,  Flourless Chocolate Cake

Preparation Time:  20 minutes

16 ounces (1 pound) (454 grams) of semisweet chocolate, roughly chopped

½ cup (1 stick) plus 2 tablespoons (146 grams total) of unsalted butter

5 large eggs separated

1/4 tsp Vanilla extract

1/4 tsp chili powder

1. Put chocolate and butter in a heatproof bowl and set over a pan of simmering water (the bottom of the bowl should not touch the water) and melt, stirring often.
2. While your chocolate butter mixture is cooling. Butter your pan and line with a parchment circle then butter the parchment.
3. Separate the egg yolks from the egg whites and put into two medium/large bowls.
4. Whip the egg whites in a medium/large grease free bowl until stiff peaks are formed (do not over-whip or the cake will be dry).
5. With the same beater beat the egg yolks together.
6. Add the egg yolks, chili powder and vanilla to the cooled chocolate.
7. Fold in 1/3 of the egg whites into the chocolate mixture and follow with remaining 2/3rds. Fold until no white remains without deflating the batter.
8. Pour batter into prepared pan, the batter should fill the pan 3/4 of the way full, and bake at 375F/190C
9. Bake for 25 minutes until an instant read thermometer reads 140F/60C.
Note – If you do not have an instant read thermometer, the top of the cake will look similar to a brownie and a cake tester will appear wet.
10. Cool cake on a rack for 10 minutes then unmold.

 

Whipped Cream

1/2 cup Heavy Cream
1/4 tsp Vanilla extract

Mix ingredients together and whip to a stiff peak.  Make sure not to over mix!!

Or if you prefer a dairy free whipped topping, see the ultimate guide to coconut cream frosting (dairy free, gluten free, paleo)

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