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Thursday, December 9, 2010

Impossibly Easy Flourless Chocolate Cake - Adel's December Recipe

by Adel Aschenbrener and Amy Robinson

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For the December recipe, Adel helps those of us in a time crunch and with pot-luck commitments. Here's her simple recipe for decadent Flourless Chocolate Cake.

Adel says, "The holidays are upon us, and with them, the inevitable question of what to bring to the numerous parties we find ourselves obligated to attend. This cake is my go-to emergency dessert. It's rich without being heavy, elegant without being fussy, and best of all, impossibly easy to make. For an extra festive touch, try cutting some snowflakes out of paper and sifting some powdered sugar on top for a stenciled effect."

Flourless Chocolate Cake (adapted from Epicurious)

12 ounces bittersweet (not unsweetened) or semisweet chocolate
6 ounces (1.5 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into pieces
6 large eggs
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Butter a 9" springform pan & line the bottom of pan with parchment paper.

Melt chocolate and butter in a bowl over a water bath; remove from heat.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat egg yolks and 6 tablespoons sugar until very thick and pale, about 3 minutes. Fold chocolate mixture into egg mixture, then stir in vanilla extract. Using clean dry beaters, beat egg whites until soft peaks form. Gradually add remaining 6 tablespoons sugar, beating until medium-firm peaks form. Fold whites into chocolate mixture in
3 additions. Pour batter into prepared pan.

Bake cake until top is puffed and dry and tester inserted into center comes out with some moist crumbs attached, about 40-50 minutes. Cool cake in pan on rack.

Using a small knife or offset spatula, cut around pan sides to loosen cake. Remove pan sides. Place 9-inch-diameter tart pan bottom or cardboard round atop cake. Invert cake onto tart serving dish. Peel off parchment paper.

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