Sunday, March 01, 2009

Daring Bakers February Challenge: Flourless??

February's recipe for the DB challenge was perfect. I loved the simplicity of only having 3 ingredients in the cake and the ice cream addition was lovely as well. Perfect for Valentine's Day, the flourless chocolate cake was a tantalizing test of my culinary ability. To make the cake takes some patience; melting the chocolate, tempering the yolks and whipping the whites... but in the end it's all worth it!

The February 2009 challenge is hosted by Wendy of WMPE's blog and Dharm of Dad ~ Baker & Chef. They have chosen a Chocolate Valentino cake by Chef Wan; a Vanilla Ice Cream recipe from Dharm and a Vanilla Ice Cream recipe from Wendy as the challenge.

February’s challenge is a Flourless Chocolate Cake, Chocolate Valentino, inspired by Malaysia’s “most flamboyant food ambassador”, Chef Wan. Recipe comes from Sweet Treats by Chef Wan

Chocolate Valentino
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. 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 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. {link of folding demonstration}
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.

Wendy's Ice Cream Recipe
Vanilla Philadelphia Style Recipe
Preparation Time: 5 minutes

2 cups (473 ml) of half and half (1 cup of heavy cream and 1 cup of whole, full fat milk)
1 cup (237 ml) heavy cream
2/3 (128 grams) cup sugar
Dash of salt
1 (12 grams) tablespoon of vanilla

Mix all ingredients together (we do this in a plastic pitcher and mix with an emulsifier hand blender-whisking works too).
Refrigerate for 30 minutes or longer
Mix in your ice cream maker as directed.

I decided to choose this recipe rather than the other DB option because I didn't have any vanilla pods :( I really have to try and acquire some in the future because I've never worked with vanilla beans before... it'd be an interesting adventure. Also, since I don't own an ice cream maker I followed the instructions on David Lebovitz's Webpage and the ice cream turned out very well! I will definitely make this cake again, it was amazingly rich and luscious. The chocolate I used was the 70% cocoa Nestle Noir, and the cake ended up tasting exactly like the chocolate bar!! Amazing! Well, on to next month's challenge :)


Steph said...

That icecream looks great! I don't have an ice cream maker either, but the last time I tried doing it by hand, it didn't work so well. Maybe it was the cream I used (Neilson?). Btw.. you're from Edmonton right? I was watching the food network 'the family restaurant' about a Chinese restaurant called the Lignan.. Have you ever been there? I don't think it's authentic or even tastes very good... I actually feel embarassed the way that family acts.

silverrock said...

No, sorry I've never been... and sadly I have not cable :( I know, I'm missing out on all the good shows (but I do catch Hell's Kitchen on youtube!). Hmmm... I'll have to check out this show, sounds interesting.

Shelly said...

Hey, yours turned out great! I love the little heart pan, and the ice cream looks delish!

Jenny said...

Hi, thanks for coming by my blog. Your ice cream looks delicious! I have never tried to make ice cream without my ice cream maker, maybe I should go back to basics and try it some time.
Great job on the challenge, and your blog is now bookmarked!

Caren said...

Thanks for your encouragement! All your stuff looks so yummy!