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FEBRUARY DARING BAKERS - CHOCOLATE VALENTINO CAKE

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Time for another Daring Bakers challenge. Since February is a month that is often associated with chocolate and Valentine's Day, I thought the challenge might have a chocolate component, and it did- Chocolate Valentino Cake.


The February 2009 challenge is hosted by Wendy of WMPE's blog and Dharm of Dad ~ Baker & Chef.
"We have chosen a Chocolate Valentino cake by Chef Wan; a Vanilla Ice Cream recipe from Dharm and a Vanilla Ice Cream recipe from Wendy as the challenge."

The Chocolate Valentino, inspired by Malaysia’s “most flamboyant food ambassador”, Chef Wan, is a flourless chocolate cake. The recipe comes from Sweet Treats by Chef Wan.

This was a very straight-forward cake to make. You need to use good chocolate. Since that's the main ingredient, your cake is going to taste just like the chocolate. We were given the recipe for two vanilla ice cream recipes we could use, but I decided to use the Raspberry Ice Cream from David Lebovitz's "The Perfect Scoop".

The cake was very good-thick, rich, and very chocolately. If you make it in smaller pans, be sure and bake it for less time-mine almost cooked too long. I served my cakes with the raspberry ice cream, garnished by a chocolate sauce and a raspberry sauce. Very fitting for Valentine's Day.

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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.

Raspberry Ice Cream
Recipe by David Lebovitz from "The Perfect Scoop"
Makes about 1 quart

1 1/2 cups half and half
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
4 large egg yolks
1 1/2 cups strained raspberry puree
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice

Warm the half and half and sugar in a medium saucepan. Pour the cream into a large bowl and set a mesh strainer over the top.

In a separate medium bowl, whisk together the egg yolks. Slowly pour the warm milk into the egg yolks, whisking constantly, then scrape the warmed egg yolks back into the saucepan.

Stir the mixture constantly over medium heat with a heatproof spatula, scraping the bottom as you stir, until the mixture thickens and coats the spatula. Pour the custard through the strainer and stir it into the cream. Mix in the raspberry puree and lemon juice, then stir until cook over an ice bath.

Chill thoroughly in the refrigerator, but to preserve the fresh raspberry taste, churn the ice cream within 4 hours after making the mixture.


Dharm's Ice Cream Recipe
Classic Vanilla Ice Cream
Preparation Time: 30 minutes

Recipe comes from the Ice Cream Book by Joanna Farrow and Sara Lewis (tested modifications and notes in parentheses by Dharm)

Ingredients
1 Vanilla Pod (or substitute with vanilla extract)
300ml / ½ pint / 1 ¼ cups Semi Skimmed Milk – in the U.S. this is 2% fat (or use fresh full fat milk that is pasteurised and homogenised {as opposed to canned or powdered}). Dharm used whole milk.
4 large egg yolks
75g / 3oz / 6 tbsp caster sugar {superfine sugar can be achieved in a food processor or use regular granulated sugar}
5ml / 1 tsp corn flour {cornstarch}
300ml / ½ pint / 1 ¼ cups Double Cream (48% butter fat) {in the U.S. heavy cream is 37% fat)
{you can easily increase your cream's fat content by heating 1/4 cup of heavy cream with 3 Tbs of butter until melted - cool to room temperature and add to the heavy cream as soon as whisk marks appear in the cream, in a slow steady stream, with the mixer on low speed. Raise speed and continue whipping the cream) or use heavy cream the difference will be in the creaminess of the ice cream.

1. Using a small knife slit the vanilla pod lengthways. Pour the milk into a heavy based saucepan, add the vanilla pod and bring to the boil. Remove from heat and leave for 15 minutes to allow the flavours to infuse
Lift the vanilla pod up. Holding it over the pan, scrape the black seeds out of the pod with a small knife so that they fall back into the milk. SET the vanilla pod aside and bring the milk back to the boil.
2. Whisk the egg yolks, sugar and corn-flour in a bowl until the mixture is thick and foamy. 3. Gradually pour in the hot milk, whisking constantly. Return the mixture to the pan and cook over a gentle hear, stirring all the time
4. When the custard thickens and is smooth, pour it back into the bowl. Cool it then chill.
5. By Hand: Whip the cream until it has thickened but still falls from a spoon. Fold it into the custard and pour into a plastic tub or similar freeze-proof container. Freeze for 6 hours or until firm enough to scoop, beating it twice (during the freezing process – to get smoother ice cream or else the ice cream will be icy and coarse)
By Using and Ice Cream Maker: Stir the cream into the custard and churn the mixture until thick (follow instructions on your ice cream maker)

Wendy's Ice Cream Recipe
Vanilla Philadelphia Style Recipe
Preparation Time: 5 minutes
2 cups (473 ml) of half and half (1 cup of heavy cream and 1 cup of whole, full fat milk)
1 cup (237 ml) heavy cream
2/3 (128 grams) cup sugar
Dash of salt
1 (12 grams) tablespoon of vanilla

Mix all ingredients together (we do this in a plastic pitcher and mix with an emulsifier hand blender-whisking works too).
Refrigerate for 30 minutes or longer
Mix in your ice cream maker as directed.

Comments (18)

Palma:

Beautiful! Brad would love one of those!

Barb Cabot:

Cindy Ruth you are amazing. This looks fabulous. I'm in awe!

Lisa:

Beeeyoootiful presentation and it looks delish! Love the tower topped with ice cream and sauce! Kudos to a job well done!

Looks very delicious. You did a great job!

Wow! Your photo really does this decadent cake justice!

Lisa:

Oh so pretty!

You did a lovely job on the challange. Great photos

WOW!!!! That is just beautiful. I love the bottom picture with the ice cream and cake split in half...SO appealing.

Chocolate and raspberry sound like the perfect combo for Valentine's Day!

Marcia:

Now this is something I would not call straightforward; I, too, am in awe - apparently my baking gene is not fully developed.

I am also in awe of your talent. The raspberry ice cream was the perfect addition. It is almost too beautiful to eat.

your cake turned out wonderful, i need some of that raspberry ice cream right now!

Fantastic presentation! They sound look soooo good...

nancyhol:

Cindy, that dessert is just beautiful, and I am sure it is awesome tasting!

I want some right now!

Raspberries and chocolate is such a perfect combination! You make me want to make this recipe again!

What a pretty way to display the challenge! Looks really good.

Great Pictures, looks delicious! :)

excellent choose with the raspberries. they made the ice cream such a pretty pale pink color!

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