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- Probably the best dessert in the whole world. Julia Child's recipe that is worth the time and effort. Actually, not that hard to make!
- Cake Ingredients:
- 4 oz (112 grm). semisweet chocolate
- 2 tbsp (30 ml) dark rum
- 1/2 cup (125 ml) butter, unsalted, softened
- 2/3 cup (150 ml) granulated sugar
- 1/4 tsp (1 ml) cream of tartar
- 1 pinch salt
- 2 tbsp (30 ml) granulated sugar
- 1/3 cup (80 ml) almonds, blanched, pulverized
- 1/4 tsp (1 ml) almond extract
- 3/4 cup (175 ml) flour, plain, bleached, sifted, less 1 1/2 tbsp
- 3 eggs, separated
- Frosting Ingredients:
- 3 1 oz (28 grm).squares semisweet chocolate
- 1-1/2 tbsp (20 ml) dark rum or strong coffee
- 6 tbsp (90 ml) butter, unsalted, softened
- Grease with butter and flour an 8-inch cake pan.
- Melt the chocolate in a bowl in the microwave and mix it with the rum. Set aside.
- Measure the remaining ingredients before continuing.
- Cream the butter and sugar together until soft and fluffy, then beat in the egg yolks.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees (175 C.) and make sure the oven rack is in the center of the oven.
- Clean the beaters of all fat and in a separate bowl whip the egg whites on low speed until they begin to foam.
- Add the cream of tartar and salt, and gradually increase beating speed to fast.
- When the egg whites hold their shape in a soft mass, beat in the 1/4 cup (60 ml) of sugar and continue beating until you can lift a bit of the mixture in a rubber spatula and they hold their shape, dropping off into a little point with a curling tip. The texture should be smooth and shiny, not dry.
- Set the egg whites aside.
- Stir up the chocolate to make a perfectly smooth soft cream.
- Stir the chocolate into the butter, sugar and yolk mixture.
- Add the almonds, almond extract and flour.
- With a rubber spatula, stir in one fourth of the beaten egg whites to soften the batter, then scoop the rest on top of the batter.
- Rapidly and delicately fold in the egg whites, revolving the bowl as you go, until egg whites and batter are blended. This should take not more than one minute.
- Turn the batter into the prepared pan, tilting pan in all directions so cake will bake evenly and not be larger in the center.
- Bake for 25 minutes.
- Cake is done when it has puffed to top of pan.
- Put foil over the top of the cake if it starts to get too brown.
- When cake is done, the center will still move slightly when pan is shaken.
- A toothpick plunged into the 2 1/2 to 3 inch outermost circumference of the cake (i.e. not in the center) should come out clean.
- If the cake is not quite done, bake a few minutes more.
- Allow to cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then run a knife around the edge of the pan, invert a cake rack over the top of the pan and turn the pan upside down to unmold the cake onto the rack.
- Allow cake to cool for 2 hours before icing.
- Melt the chocolate in the microwave and mix in the rum.
- Beat in the butter one tbsp at a time, beating until perfectly smooth.
- Then beat over cold water, if necessary, until icing is of spreading consistency.
- Ice the cake and decorate with slivered almonds, if desired.
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Posted by Meryl on February 12, 2002, 7:24 pm who got it from a Recipe By: Julia Child, The French Chef Cookbook
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