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Flourless Bittersweet Chocolate Cake with Milk Chocolate Drizzle
by Tish Boyle and Timothy Moriarty
Authors of Chocolate Passion
Yield: 12 servings

Prepare this cake, and you can promise your guests the ultimate chocolate experience; they will not be disappointed. A simple but straightforward exercise in sweet surrender, this flourless cake is glazed with dark chocolate and further drizzled with milk chocolate. The raspberry jam and kiss of cognac add intriguing flavor notes.

Preparation: 50 minutes, plus baking and chilling times

Flourless Chocolate Cake
8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch pieces
2 tablespoons cognac
6 large eggs, separated, at room temperature
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar, divided

Chocolate Glaze
4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
1/3 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons honey

1/3 cup seedless raspberry preserves

3 ounces milk chocolate, melted

Make the flourless chocolate cake
  1. Position  a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 350F. Butter the bottom and sides of a 9-inch springform pan. Line the bottom of the pan with a round of parchment or waxed paper, butter the paper
  2. In a medium saucepan, combine the chocolate and butter. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, until the chocolate and butter are melted. Gently whisk until smooth. Remove from the heat and stir in the cognac. Let cool.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the egg yolks and 1/2 cup of the sugar until well blended. Stir in the melted chocolate mixture.
  4. In the 4 1/2-quart bowl of a heavy-duty electric mixer, using the wire whip attachment, beat the egg whites at medium speed until frothy. Increase the speed to medium-high and beat the egg whites until soft peaks start to form. One tablespoon at a time, beat in the remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar. Continue beating until the egg whites are stiff but not dry.
  5. Using a large rubber spatula, gently fold the beaten egg whites into the chocolate mixture in 3 additions. Do not overmix.
  6. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake until the cake is puffed and a tester inserted into the center comes out with moist crumbs attached, about 30 minutes. Transfer the pan to a wire rack and cool for 10 minutes. Using a small sharp knife, cut around the sides of the cake to loosen it. Release the panside. Invert the cake onto a wire rack. Peel off the parchment paper and cool the cake completely. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate overnight.

Make the chocolate glaze
Place the chocolate in a medium bowl. In a small saucepan, bring the heavy cream to a gentle boil. Using a wire whisk, stir in the honey. Pour the hot cream mixture over the chocolate and let the mixture stand for 30 seconds to melt the chocolate. Whisk the mixture until smooth. Cover the surface of the glaze with plastic wrap and set aside at room temperature for 30 minutes or until slightly thickened.

Assemble the cake
Remove the cake from the refrigerator and remove the plastic wrap from the cake. Place the cake on a wire rack set over a baking sheet. Using a metal spatula, spread the raspberry preserves evenly over the top and sides of the cake. Pour the chocolate glaze over the cake, covering it completely; spread evenly with a metal spatula. Drizzle the top of the glazed cake with the melted milk chocolate. Serve the cake immediately, or refrigerate. Bring the cake to room temperature before serving.

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Copyright: Tish Boyle, Timothy Moriarty, John Wiley & Sons, Inc. All rights reserved

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