Saturday 28 February 2009

Daring Bakers Challenge February 2009 - The Love Of Chocolate

Thank you to Wendy a wmpesblog and Dharm at Dad - Baker and Chef for hosting this month's Daring Baker's Challenge
I have been unable to participate in the last two challenges so it was nice to join in again. This month's challenge was for Valentino cake accompanied by home made ice cream of our choice. I was pleased about this as I have recently purchased an ice cream maker so I was able to put it to good use. The cake was simplicity itself to make. It was supposed to be made in a heart shaped pan for valentines day but I did not have this so it was baked in a spring form round. I made rum and raisin ice cream to go with it and drizzled a little dulce de leche over the cake. I loved the combination of chocolate caramel flavours. I was not sure about the texture of the cake. I followed the instructions to the letter and used a thermometer. I would make it again but I think I would bake it a little longer as I was not keen on the mousse type centre the cake produced. That of course is only my opinion. Longer baking may dry it out too much. It was a good challenge and for all those chocaholics out there this is definitely the cake to make. It uses a huge amount of chocolate. It had me scrabbling around my cupboard as I didn't have as much chocolate as I thought. I used a mixture of milk and plain. I did not use any high cocoa content as
1. I had run out of it and
2. I thought it would make the cake very bitter for my taste.

Recipe comes from 'Sweet Treats' by Chef Wan

Chocolate Valentino
Preparation Time: 20 minutes

16 ounces (1 pound) (454 grams) of semisweet chocolate, roughly chopped
½ cup (1 stick) plus 2 tablespoons (146 grams total) of unsalted butter
5 large eggs separated

1. Put chocolate and butter in a heatproof bowl and set over a pan of simmering water (the bottom of the bowl should not touch the water) and melt, stirring often.
2. While your chocolate butter mixture is cooling. Butter your pan and line with a parchment circle then butter the parchment.
3. Separate the egg yolks from the egg whites and put into two medium/large bowls.
4. Whip the egg whites in a medium/large grease free bowl until stiff peaks are formed (do not over-whip or the cake will be dry).
5. With the same beater beat the egg yolks together.
6. Add the egg yolks to the cooled chocolate.
7. Fold in 1/3 of the egg whites into the chocolate mixture and follow with remaining 2/3rds. Fold until no white remains without deflating the batter. {link of folding demonstration}
8. Pour batter into prepared pan, the batter should fill the pan 3/4 of the way full, and bake at 375F/190C
9. Bake for 25 minutes until an instant read thermometer reads 140F/60C.
Note – If you do not have an instant read thermometer, the top of the cake will look similar to a brownie and a cake tester will appear wet.
10. Cool cake on a rack for 10 minutes then unmold.

I made my own ice cream-

Rum and Raisin Ice Cream

3 egg yolks
75gms/3oz caster sugar
225mls/8 fluid oz whole milk
225mls/8fluid oz double/heavy cream
50 gms/2 oz raisins
50 msl/2 fluid oz rum.

Heat the raisins in the rum for a few minutes and leave to cool and absorb the rum.
Beat the egg yolks and sugar together in a bowl
In a saucepan slowly bring the milk to boiling point then pour over the egg mixture beating well.
Return the mixture to the pan and heat gently stirring all the time until it thickens slightly coating the back of a spoon. Do NOT let it boil.
Remove from the heat and allow to get cold
Mix in the cream and rum and raisin mixture and churn according to the manufacturers instruction of your machine.
This makes about one litre of ice cream.


JillyB said...

Granny, this looks lovely! I love the thought of rum and raisin ice cream too. Mmmmm

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Oh, rum and raisin ice cream can't be beat! A nice combination! Very well done!



Anonymous said...

Love your springform version - my heart shaped pan was actually a bit too big so I didn't get the nice dip you got in our cake.

Anonymous said...

Brenda this looks divine, the idea of rum & raisin ice cream is fabulous. Yum!!!

Mary said...

very nice , a great combinazione cake and ice-cream,....cheers!

Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

It is very hard to resist this special treat:D

Maggie said...

Great job! I haven't tasted rum raisin ice cream in many years.

Dewi said...

Rum and Raisin Ice Cream sounds so original and really tempting for sure. I can imagine how delicious this serve with the cake.

Fran Z said...

Oh- Rum Raisin is my absolute favorite!- That would be a nice complement to this cake! Yum!

Anonymous said...

Great combination with rum and raisin ice cream and dulce de leche! :D Great work!

Teresa said...

Wow that looks lovely. I love rum and raisin ice cream and yours looks delicious.

Chocolate Shavings said...

Good call on the ducle de leche!

♥Rosie♥ said...

This looks looks lovely Granny! The rum and raisin ice cream looks gorgeous.

Rosie x

Coby said...

I think I feel the same way about the 'uncookedness' of some mud type cakes Granny. Your creation however looks fabulous:) How did you get the caramel to pour though? It's so thick, I wonder if you heated it perhaps? Your ice cream! Your own ice cream! How brilliant:D No stopping you now Granny - just like breads these days:D:D:D

RecipeGirl said...

I must give this cake a shot. And that ice cream... well that one would be my husand's absolute favorite. He'd love me even more if I made it for him!

Sara said...

This looks SO tasty...I love the idea of rum raisin ice cream!

Rhyleysgranny said...

Thank you all. The rum and raisin is a favourite of my husband's so that is why I made it.

Coby the dulde de leche? I found it in a squeezy bottle lol. So handy

Clumbsy Cookie said...

Welcome back! I love rum and raisin ice cream and I'm sure it only made the cake better!

La Bella Cooks said...

The ice cream sounds perfect! You did a gorgeous job here.

Sally said...

OMG that sounds and looks fantastic.
Now get over to my blog and pick up your award please. Love Sal. xx

Anna's kitchen table said...

Looks awesome Granny! I love the pic too.

Rachel@fairycakeheaven said...

ooooooo rum and raisin you just can't beat and the drinkier the better!! Have a hankering for some now!!!

Love the new blog look, very fresh and bright and srping-y!

Maria♥ said...

The cake looks so good, as does the rum and raisin ice cream!