chocolate cake with abricotage

I have so much love for and faith in the Chocolate and Zucchini blog that when Alice requested “something with chocolate” I immediately found what I was looking for in C&Z: this recipe for a chocolate cake (baked in a bain marie!) with an extra bit of deliciousness at the top.

I have not officially tasted this cake, but I did sneak a chunk of chocolaty goodness when I prematurely transferred the cake onto a plate and large bits stuck to the pan. Results? Soft, really moist, and so good.

Had to fudge a few minor details: ran out of granulated sugar so used some brown; ran out of dark chocolate so threw about 2 oz of white in there, and my baking time was something like 45 minutes to an hour (this seems to happen when I use bain maries; the flan I made before also took forever, though that was in a different oven.) Also threw in some instant espresso powder for good luck and possibly general flavor enhancement (?).

So since this cake was made at Alice’s request I’ll wait a little longer before tasting; stay tuned for a report!

PS. What is the best way to transport and small and fairly fragile cake?


lettuce wrap

Nothing special but very lean ground beef is always a plus in my book. Plus this is probably the first time I have voluntarily eaten mushrooms; not that I really, really dislike them, but… well, these were good wrapped up in lettuce. And sesame oil = A+.

Much, MUCH more importantly, however, there was the matter of last night’s dessert:

chocolate pear cake

Very, very awesome recipe courtesy of Ysolda. To show why I am so amazed by this seemingly run-of-the-mill cake/brownie type dessert, let me list the ingredients:

  • dark chocolate, melted
  • sugar
  • sliced pears
  • eggs
  • almonds
  • avocado

And that is all. Avocado? Oh yes. And no butter. It is quite reminiscent of a brownie-type dessert (no complaints here) and the baked pears really complement this. Peter is requesting some kind of berry compote with this instead of the pears; I’m considering doing a layer cake; two sheets of this with dark chocolate mousse or that coffee panna cotta in the middle and then raspberry compote/sauce on top. Deadly? Probably. But it sounds so good… :)

Seriously, try this recipe. You don’t taste the avocado, it’s healthy/healthier (another note: this called for 4 oz sugar; I used a little less than 3), and it’s delicious!