Yield: 1 servings
|1¼ cup||Pastry or cake flour|
|1 teaspoon||Baking soda|
|10½ ounce||Bittersweet chocolate; cut into small|
|\N \N||; chunks|
|12 tablespoons||Unsalted butter; at room temperature|
|\N \N||; (6 ounces)|
|4 \N||Eggs; separated|
|⅓ cup||Whiskey or brandy; warmed slightly|
|1 tablespoon||Vanilla extract|
|\N \N||Powdered sugar|
|\N \N||Baking tray|
|\N \N||Parchment paper|
|\N \N||(8 x 2 1/2-inch) ring*|
|\N \N||(8-inch) cardboard round|
|\N \N||Aluminum foil|
|\N \N||Double boiler|
|\N \N||Electric mixer with paddle|
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking tray with parchment paper and set an 8 x 2½-inch ring on it. Wrap an 8-inch cardboard round with foil and set aside.
2. In a small bowl, sift together the flour and baking soda. Set aside.
3. In a double boiler or a metal bowl placed over simmering water, melt the chocolate. Keep warm
4. Meanwhile, with the paddle of an electric mixer, cream the butter until light. Gradually add 1 cup sugar and continue to cream until fluffy. (It is very important that this mixture is light and fluffy.) 5. Beat in the egg yolks, one at a time, the whiskey or brandy, and the vanilla. Stop the machine and scrape in the melted chocolate. Continue to mix until well-combined. Remove the bowl from the machine and fold in half the flour mixture. Fold in the remaining flour.
6. With a clean whisk and bowl, whip the egg whites until soft peaks form.
Gradually add the remaining ¼ cup of the sugar and continue to whisk until shiny and firm, but not stiff. Stir ¼ of the whites into the batter to lighten, then fold in the remaining whites.
7. Pour the batter into the prepared cake ring and bake for 1 hour. Invert immediately onto the foil-covered cardboard round and run a sharp knife around the sides of the cake, loosening the cake from the ring. Do not remove the ring from the cake. Let cool completely on a rack. Then carefully lift off the ring.
Presentation: Dust the cake with sifted powdered sugar and serve with Creme Fraiche Ice Cream or whipped cream.
To prepare ahead: Through step 7.
*Rings can be purchased at Avery's in Los Angeles or at Bridge Kitchenware in New York (Wolfgang Puck's book contains a list of resources).
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NOTES : from Adventures in the Kitchen by Wolfgang Puck, Random House, 1991. Makes one 8-inch cake
Recipe by: Good Morning America Converted by MM_Buster v2.0l.