,,One of the delights of life is eating with friends, second to that is talking about eating.
And, for an unsurpassed double whammy, there is talking about eating while you are eating with friends. ,,
-Laurie Colwin

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Chocolate Oblivion

We meant this to be our first post, as the blog got the name from this dessert. But is better later than never :). Some years ago when we worked in Dublin, this used to be Nico's breakfast for about...a year. I had it on the prep list every day, so the first thing in the morning when we got in for work, he will say: ''I go and check if there is any left from last night''. He knew it was not the right thing to eat in the morning, but he couldn't resist. It is his favorite treat ever.
It's very easy cake to make and I'm sure it will come through your mind every time you'll think of chocolate.
Here are the ingredients (for about 20 portions):
- 450 g unsalted butter
- 470 g dark chocolate 70%
- 600 g sugar
- 11 egg whites
- 200 ml water
Preheat the oven at 180 degrees C. In a large tray fit some heat resistant cling film or baking paper.  In a bowl add the butter and chocolate together (chopped in smaller pieces)  and melt it over a steamer or in the microwave on high power for few minutes, mixing from time to time. You should not let it in the microwave until all the chocolate is melted completely. You should still have few solid pieces. All you need to do is keep mixing until all the chocolate is melted. 
Make a thick syrup from 400 g sugar and 200 ml of water.
Beat the egg whites with 200 g of sugar.
Keep beating while adding the warm (not hot) syrup.
Now easily pour the chocolate mixture over the eggs and very gentle, starting from the middle to the edge of the bowl, mix with a spatula until is all blended together.
Pour the mixture in the prepared tray.

Now improvise a bain-marie using a wider tray where you place your mixture tray and fill it half way with water.
Place it in the oven and bake for 35-40 min.
When is ready take it out from the water and let it cool down, then refrigerate for several hours.
To take it out from the tray, just turn it up side down and remove the cling film. You can decorate it as a whole cake or just slice individual portions and play a bit with the decorations.

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  1. Sorry, can you explain the water bit of this recipe a bit? Bake it in a larger tray with water, like a cheesecake?

  2. Pune si tu o reteta de paste.

  3. Sorry for my english.
    The tray with the cake mix on sits on another tray with half way filled with water.
    Place the tray into a large cake pan or roasting pan. Pour enough hot water into the pan to come halfway up the sides of the tray.

  4. I edited the post, maybe it's easier to understand now. You'll have to improvise a bain-marie (like in cheesecakes)

  5. Doamne arata minunat!!! Spune-mi te rog ati pus o tava cu apa la cuptor in acelasi timp cu prajitura? Are si glazura? Abia astept sa o probez...e topitoare...felicitari!

    1. Ruxy, tava cu prajitura e asezata intr-o alta tava mai mare, in care este apa, atat cat sa o acopere cam de jumatate pe cea cu prajitura. Glazura n-am facut aici, am servit-o doar cu sos de vanilie, insa la partea de decoratie posibilitatile sunt multiple. Am facut din reteta asta si tort, pe care il poti decora cum vrei.

  6. Bianca am facut deja prajitura multumesc e cea mai minunata pe care am mancat-o vreodata!!!


  7. Ma bucur! Este si preferata noastra! Spor la gatit in continuare :)

  8. Va admir la nesfarsit...am postat reteta si pe blogul meu...


    1. Ruxy, am vazut-o! E minunata!!! Multumim pentru cuvintele frumoase!!

  9. Cu dedicatie pentru tine Bianca esti o deosebita...am vazut ca ti-ai facut cont sa ma apreciezi...te imbratisez!!!


  10. Multumesc frumos, Ruxy! E minunata melodia! :)


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