Now I know...I know...this cake sounds REALLY evil but I made it for a good cause...It was Passover last week and I had to bring dessert. I thought of making creme brulee again, but it's not that easy to make individual desserts for 18 people. So I decided to actually bake. Now I think I have made it clear that I do not bake. Oddly enough, recently I developed a liking to baking; in fact I really enjoy it! So I decided to make something with simple flavors but that will please all different pa lattes! CHOCOLATE! I find it hard to believe that there is anyone out there that does not like chocolate; so it was a pretty easy choice. I found a recipe I used in culinary school and added a very magical ingredient to it: NUTELLA! Nutella, the delicious hazelnut and chocolate spread is fluffy, creamy goodness. The addition of the Nutella and a touch of coffee was a perfect compliment to this chocolaty goodness!
Flourless Chocolate Nutella Cake *Just an FYI, this cake is so dense that it could probably feed more like 20-25 people.* Cake 6 large eggs- separated 1 Tsp Instant Coffee 1 stick soft unsalted butter 1 jar of Nutella 1 tablespoon Kahlua 1 Cup finely ground hazelnuts 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, melted
Ganache Topping 1/4 cup crushed hazelnuts 1 cup heavy cream 4 oz bittersweet chocolate
*Preheat oven to 325 degrees and butter a 9-inch spring form pan.
1. Melt your chocolate over steam or in a double broiler. 2. Place the jar of nutella in the microwave for 30 seconds to loosen it up a bit. 3. In a mixer, combine butter, coffee, Kahlua and Nutella...make sure to scrape out every bit of that goodness! 4. With the mixer on low, add in the egg yolks one at a time, making sure each is incorporated before adding the next. 5. Add in the melted chocolate and combine. 6. In another mixing bowl, whisk the egg whites to stiff peaks. Slowly fold in the egg whites into the chocolate mixture. 7. Pour into the pan and bake for about 50-60 minutes or until top has set. 8. While the cake is baking, make the ganache by bringing the cream up to a high simmer. 9. Turn off the heat and stir in the chocolate until melted. 10. Once the cake is ready, let it cool for 10 minutes. Then remove from pan and let cool completely on a cooling rack. 11. Once cooled pour the ganache on the cake and smooth out. Sprinkle with hazelnuts and slice yourself a piece!
Years ago, I followed my dreams and went to culinary school. I went to culinary school to continue the dream that my mother and I always shared: to open up a deli or cafe somewhere and call it our own. Whether that cafe will ever open is still up in the air...but my cooking and my love for food I owe to my mother...and in a way this blog is dedicated to her...I only hope that I can inspire other women with this blog the way my mother inspired me...With her love for food passed onto me, I quickly became a food snob after culinary school. Today, a house, a husband' (and his stomach),and an up and coming business keeps me busy enough without all my gourmet concoctions! But, no matter how busy I am, I still go to my kitchen and cook to retain my sanity. Prehaps this is a way I connect to my mother...but cooking is the only thing that truely soothes my soul. My recent transformation has led me to belive that sometimes you just have to Keep It Simple Stupid...and Cook!
I will not eat oysters. I want my food dead - not sick, not wounded - dead. ~Woody Allen
Part of the secret of success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside. ~Mark Twain
Great food is like great sex. The more you have the more you want. ~Gael Greene
Tell me what you eat, I'll tell you who you are. ~Anthelme Brillat-Savarin
And, of course, the funniest food of all, kumquats. ~George Carlin
Avoid fruit and nuts. You are what you eat. ~Jim Davis
The trouble with eating Italian food is that five or six days later you're hungry again. ~George Miller
Cooking is like love. It should be entered into with abandon or not at all. ~Harriet van Horne
Life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if green vegetables smelled as good as bacon. ~Doug Larson
I didn't fight my way to the top of the food chain to be a vegetarian. ~Anonymous
But those aren't the flavors. That'd make too much sense. Apple and pear, according to Dr. Phil, are body types the bars are made for. Hey, I've got some advice. If you look like an apple or a pear, eat an apple or a pear! [On Dr. Phil's energy bars. ~Lewis Black