Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Double Diablo - Chocolate cake

As requested: the recipe for the Double Diablo chocolate cake. The origins of this cake are lost in the mists of family history but we've been making it a long time. It does make a large and quite dense cake, almost brownie-like. You could probably use other liquors in place of the scotch but as we love scotch we've never tried. Our latest cake was made with Bowmore by the way. Ingredients
  • ½ C raisins… soaked in
  • ½ C scotch (whiskey), preferably overnight
  • 400 g dark chocolate
  • ¼ C water
  • 225 g unsalted butter in chunks
  • 6 eggs, separated
  • 1 1/3 C sugar
  • 9 Tb flour
  • 1 1/3 C ground almonds
  • Pinch salt
Plus for the ganache topping
  • 150 g dark chocolate
  • 2/3 C cream
Instructions
  1. Soak raisins in scotch overnight
  2. pre-heat oven to 160ÂșC and butter a 12”/30cm diameter cake tin – I prefer to use a spring-form tin as its much easier to get out.
  3. Melt the chocolate slowly in a double boiler with the water. Stir in butter bit by bit until smooth and glossy
  4. Beat the egg yolks with the sugar until thick and creamy. Stir in chocolate/butter mix
  5. Add the flour and almonds, then the raisin/whiskey and mix gently
  6. Beat the egg whites with the pinch of salt until stiff but not dry. Carefully fold one third of this into the mix, then the second third, finally the last of it. Try not to deflate the egg as it goes in was this is what gives the cake its lift.
  7. Pour into your prepared cake tin, smooth the top and bake for 50 minutes – test it – then continue baking until done. This has been known to take over an hour but will depend on your oven.
  8. Allow to cool for at least 15 minutes before turning out.
Ganache
  1. Melt chocolate in a double-boiler. Once melted and smooth remove from heat to let it cool a wee bit so that it doesn’t melt the cream when you add it – obviously it has to be still liquid though.
  2. Whip the cream until quite firmly whipped.
  3. Fold the chocolate into the cream and spread on the cake. Once the chocolate cools the ganache will be quite firm.

Monday, November 10, 2008

New day

Well its a new week and we're facing a National Government in the near future. I'll leave comment on that to the experts... I'm more interested in our new (naughty) baby who quickly developed a fondness for leaving his Mum trapped behind the (off) electric fence and going a-wandering. Because of this, and the timing of his birth, we have finally fixed on the name Twilight Escapade. He's also found that if he rubs up against the fencing standard he can push the tape out of it. Saturday night he and his mum pushed through the brand new wire fence and ended up on the other side completely. It looks like we will have to introduce him to the electricity sooner than anticipated. More photos over at my flickr Not much else to tell. The house-warming Halloween party went pretty well. I was a bit frantically busy beforehand prepping snacks etc but managed to stay up until 1:30 which is very late for me. Costumes were cool, weather was OK and there was a nice mix of people. Now there's Christmas and my 40th to look forward to. We've had a cool and damp week and are getting some good grass growth which is great. Also some people got us trees, and tree vouchers. But we haven't been able to go shopping yet because the Surf has broken down - in a very bad way, so we're scooting in and out of town in the MR2 - not much room for trees in there. We have BEGUN the Christmas shopping with a noodists sale night at nood, plus got a few things for ourselves. so YAY, its good to get that on the go as its only a few weeks away really. No I haven't decided what I want: I have the usual short-list of DVDs and CDs and am almost completely out of body butter (Body Shop is the place for me) hint hint. I am thinking about getting Nick this fabulous armour book about the Wallace Collection. I got the guy's previous book of the Churburg Armoury and it is lovely, if expensive, but the worst thing was negotiating shipping from Italy - they wanted to charge almost 100%. Anyway, enough rubbish from me....