Sunday, March 1, 2009

February Daring Baker's Challenege:

The February 2009 challenge is hosted by Wendy of WMPE's blog and Dharm of Dad ~ Baker & Chef. We 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.

Feb. is just too short and I totally spaced getting this up by yesterday! I actually made it way back at Valentine's Day.

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.

I used a mixture or semi-sweet and milk. The consistency of the cake wasn't even, but it all tasted good. I think I didn't fold in my egg whites quite right. But overall I call it a success. We ended up eating the whole thing.

Normally for V. Day I make a cheesecake, so I just incorporated that into the challenge. I made a custard ice cream base using my kitchen aid recipe, I added strawberries I'd mixed with sugar and smashed, and then I chunked up the cheesecake and put it in at the very end. It turned out to be pleasing.


Sara said...

Yum, looks tasty! That ice cream sounds AMAZING.

randa_joy said...

I want to live at your house.