Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Sean cake

What to make for the birthday of a guy who isn't all that crazy about sweets? I already made an olive dessert for his olive party which he assumes was good since anything with olives is good he states. (He can't remember how it tasted since a night of eating only olives and drinking a particular type of olive drink will do that to your memory of said night.) But I forgot how much he loves olives and didn't put any in this cake. Oh well, he still liked it.

Chocolate Chile Almond Cake

7 oz good bittersweet chocolate
6 oz almond meal (you can grind your own using a coffee grinder, food processor or maybe even a blender)
6 eggs, separated
1 c brown sugar
1/4 c cocoa powder
apple juice, say 1 cup or so of the good organic apple heavy stuff. Did I measure? No.
cinnamon to taste
chile powder to taste (I didn't think regular chile powder had enough of a kick and chopping up a dried ancho pepper didn't help much so I used cayenne, cayenne and more cayenne until my sinuses suddenly were completely clear)

Coat bottom and sides of round cake pan, quiche pan, whatever you want to make the cake in, with butter. Preheat oven to 350F.
Melt chocolate however you prefer. Double broiler, microwave, it's all good.
Beat egg yolks with sugar until thick and a nice light brownish yellow. Add cocoa powder, 1/2 cup apple juice. Toss in some cinnamon. Maybe a couple teaspoons. Or so.
Add in the almond meal and melted chocolate plus however much apple juice you need to get to a thick but not cement-like consistency. Add some chile powder. Or a lot. Or sliced, diced dried chile. Or minced chili flakes. Whatever you need to give the mixture a little kick that reminds the tongue what it's like to be alive (pain...suffering). I probably put in 2 tbs chile powder, 2 tsp chopped dried ancho chile and shake shake shake, shake shake shake and maybe another shake shake shake pour shake shake of cayenne pepper. Taste and adjust cinnamon and chile. You could add in cardamom and nutmeg too.
Whip egg whites to soft peaks (still glossy, not dry). Fold into chocolate mixture 1/2 a cup at a time.
Bake 40 minutes or until knife stabbed through the comes out clean.

Let cool, top with sliced pear and cherries. Serve with freshly whipped cream (whipped with a bit of sugar, cinnamon, cloves or whatever suitable tasties you have in your spice cabinet).

Serve to the old guy.

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