This weekend I plan to be a little indulgent, let the emotions settle & press Jack & Diane into service....I am thinking deep bubble baths (with candles of course!) , Something's Gotta Give in the DVD player with a glass or seven of Brown Brothers Chenin Blanc & a slice (or three) of the most versatile chocolate cake ever...
Chocolate Truffle Cake
(courtesy of the Bertinet Kitchen, Bath)
300g dark chocolate, chopped
125g unsalted butter
100g demerara sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
50 ml rum, poire william, cointreau or whatever you please
Preheat oven to 190 - or in my case, use the top oven of the Aga with a cold shelf above the tin & transfer to the bottom oven after about half an hour.
Combine the chocolate & butter, melt together gently in a microwave or in a bowl over simmering water.
Beat the eggs and sugar until light & fluffy.
Add the run & vanilla to the chocolate mixture and fold both mixtures together carefully.
Pour into a greased & lined round or square cake tin (about 8 inch) and cook in a bain marie for about an hour. The cake should feel just firm.
Absolutely wonderful served plain, with raspberries & cream or ice cream - also brilliant sliced into 3 & made into a retro black forest cake or any other chocolate gateau type cake you want. No flour - so light and not so sinful - that's what I tell myself anyway...
I'm not generally a lover of sweet things or cake but this is only sweet in that dark bitter chocolate sort of way...
Whatever your plans for the weekend - enjoy........s