Tuesday, March 10, 2009

baking day part two


    Here's yet another glorious chocolatly delight.  This is a very similar recipe to the DB challenge we did last month... well my friend just loved it and asked if I could do it cupcake style.  I used Nigella's recipe from her book Feast for the chocolate torte which turned out awesome for cupcakes.  It does look like a failed attempt at a chocolate souffle` but the sunken effect only made it perfect to pile on the whip cream... so bring on that whip cream!   I knew I was gonna have  some extra batter left so I just put them in  little ramekins and they cooked up just as nice!

Nigella's Chocolate torte

250g best-quality chocolate
125g softened butter
6 eggs: 2 whole; 4 separated
175g sugar: 75g for the yolk mixture; 100g for the whites
1tsp real vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 D 
Melt the chocolate and butter in a double boiler, set aside to cool slightly.  Whisk the egg whites until firm then gradually add the 100g of sugar, whisk until shiny peaks form.  In another bowl hand whisk the 2 whole eggs and yolks with the 75g of sugar and vanilla.  Add the chocolate mixture and stir right away.  Then add just a dollop of the egg whites and stir until combined then slowly fold in the rest of the egg whites.

For cupcakes bake for about 15min until the tops look done and they have risen.  For a 8in cake cook for 35-40 min until the top forms a crust.