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Sunday, January 15, 2012

♥ Flourless Chocolate Cake ♥

4 eggs, separated
10 tablespoons butter, cubed
1/2 cup sugar
6 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
3 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Chocolate Ganache, optional
1/4 cup finely ground pecans, toasted
Sliced strawberries and fresh mint, optional

•Let eggs stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. In a heavy saucepan, melt butter, 1/4 cup sugar and chocolate over low heat, stirring constantly. Cool until mixture is lukewarm.

• In a large bowl, beat egg yolks until thick and lemon-colored, about 3 minutes. Beat in vanilla. Gradually beat in pecans and chocolate mixture.

• In a small bowl and with clean beaters, beat egg whites on medium speed until soft peaks form. Gradually add remaining sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating on high speed until stiff peaks form. Stir a small amount of whites into chocolate mixture. Fold in remaining whites.

• Pour into a greased 9-in. springform pan. Place on a baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 40-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out with a few moist crumbs. Cool on a wire rack for 20 minutes.

• Carefully run a knife around edge of pan to loosen; remove sides of pan and cool completely. Frost with Chocolate Ganache if desired. Garnish with strawberries and mint if desired.

Yield: 16 servings.

Nutritional Facts:
1 serving (1 piece) equals 138 calories, 11 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 72 mg cholesterol, 88 mg sodium, 8 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein.

~~Complete Guide to Baking~~

1 comment:

Bernideen said...

I love the movie "Just Desserts" where they win the contest with their flourless chocolate cake called a "Barosi" or something like that? Maybe they made the name up for the movie! Yours looks wonderful!