At some point I will do a chocolate tasting class and I am all set.
And as an ulterior motive, it will begin to introduce my colleagues to my cooking. I am using only the best of ingredients - a Dutch process cocoa powder and a 70% dark chocolate couverture.
I took my camera to the office but between the stress of having people taste my cooking and their ravenous appetites, I didn't get any pictures! The real whipped cream really impressed them. As well, I took some nice plates and my good flatware. With all that money spent on good chocolate, there was no way we were going to eat these on paper plates with plastic forks.
Chocolate Ancho Chili Flourless Cake Emeril Lagasse
1 cup unsalted butter
8 ounces dark chocolate
1/4 cup cocoa powder
3 tablespoons ancho chili powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
6 large eggs, separated
1 cup sugar
1 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons confectioner's sugar
pinch of ground cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350F.
Lightly butter the bottom and sides of a 9-inch springform pan. Line the bottom with parchment paper. Set aside.
In the top of a double boiler, melt the chocolate and butter over medium low heat. Remove from the heat and mix in the cocoa powder, ancho chili powder and salt.
In a bowl, whisk together the egg yolks with 1/2 cup of the sugar until thick and pale yellow in colour. Fold the chocolate mixture into the yolks and mix well.
In another bowl, whisk the egg whites until thick. Whisking, add the remaining 1/2 cup sugar gradually and continue to beat to form a light meringue. In several additions, fold into the chocolate mixture, being careful not to deflate the meringue. Gently pour into the prepared pan and bake until the edges are set but the centre is still moist and a few crumbs stick to a tester, about 45 minutes.
Remove from the oven and cool completely in the pan on a wire rack.
Run a thin, sharp knive around the edge of the cake. Remove the pan sides and gently lift away the cake. Invert onto a cake plate, remove the bottom and peel away the parchment.
In a bowl, beat the cream with an electric mixer until frothy. Add the confectioner's sugar and cinnamon and continue to beat until the cream holds soft peaks.
To serve, slice the cake with a portion of the sweetened whipped cream. Garnish with cocoa powder and serve.