Ah, spring. You have arrived! Over the past week I was pleasantly surprised to discover that the overgrown bush outside my front door is in fact a lilac bush. Nice! I am going to trim it a bit this week so I can enjoy the lilac fragrance indoors. (Don’t tell my landlord.)
In other spring news, I baked a flourless chocolate cake for you.
This recipe is so simple. It can be made from scratch to finished product in 45 minutes. And also its delicious. And gluten-free!
If you are making this for a birthday, as I did, don’t expect it to be birthday cake-like. We took to referring to it as the “brownie-cake.” It is rather flat and is so rich that no frosting is required so does not resemble a typical cake but it will still knock the socks off of all who eat it. I converted a few naysayers who were skeptical of gluten-free baking with this cake. It’s magical. Just like spring.
Flourless Chocolate Cake (recipe found at www.epicurious.com from Gourmet magazine, November 1997)
4 ounces fine-quality bittersweet chocolate (not unsweetened)
1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter
3/4 cup sugar
3 large eggs
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder plus additional for sprinkling
Preheat oven to 375°F and butter an 8-inch round baking pan. Line bottom with a round of wax paper and butter paper.
Chop chocolate into small pieces. In a double boiler or metal bowl set over a saucepan of barely simmering water melt chocolate with butter, stirring, until smooth. Remove top of double boiler or bowl from heat and whisk sugar into chocolate mixture. Add eggs and whisk well. Sift 1/2 cup cocoa powder over chocolate mixture and whisk until just combined. Pour batter into pan and bake in middle of oven 25 minutes, or until top has formed a thin crust. Cool cake in pan on a rack 5 minutes and invert onto a serving plate.
Dust cake with additional cocoa powder and serve with sorbet if desired. (Cake keeps, after being cooled completely, in an airtight container, 1 week.)