Sunday, February 27, 2011

A little drool and the requested chocolate cake recipe

Sherry wine poached pear tart with almond cream

My March submission to the Deep Plate blog: East meets Old West
Four wing salt bush brined fried shrimp, napolitos, daikon, elm bark panko crust

Some really puffy croissants that I made last week

and that chocolate cake...

Makes one 9" round or two loaves
1/3 C plus 1 T (40 g) Cocoa powder
3 1/2 T (35 g) Potato starch/flour
1/4 C (35 g) Cake flour
5 1/2 T (75 g) Butter, melted and cooled
9 Yolks, room temp
1 1/4 C (150 g) Sugar
5 Whites, room temp

Butter your cake pan. Oven to 350º.
In bowl whisk cocoa, potato starch & cake flour. In mixer with whisk attachment whip yolks and half of the sugar. Whip until very light and fluffy and leaves strong trail in mixture.

In 2nd mixer bowl, whip the whites and remaining sugar, adding the sugar gradually, until whites are at firm peak.

Gently fold dry ingredients into yolk mixture. Take a dollop of this mix and whisk it into your butter. Add the butter mix into the yolk/dry mix - folding very gently. Finally, take a quarter of the whites and gently fold into the yolk mix and finish by adding the remaining whites and fold them in very gently.

Pour into your pan, smooth and bake about 35-40 minutes depending on your oven.
At altitude I go 40 before I even open the door. Touch the center and if it feels firm remove and cover with a towel until cool. I always error on the side of over baking this cake.


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Gfron1 said...

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Transport Bulgaria said...

That tart is incredible. Please post the recipe. It’s divine. And those croissants…yum. Thanks for the cake recipe. Like I said before it looks heavenly. Thanks again.

Anonymous said...

Wow that tart is a thing of beauty. All the much more beautiful with the ruby skin left on. Brined shrimp huh? I never knew you could brine shrimp. going to go research taht right now. Thanks.

Dylan Solesbee said...

I would certainly love to have one serving of that Four Wing Salt Bush Fried Shrimp! Seafood lovers out there, dig in! And for desert, chocolate is perfect!