I'm surrounded by chocoholics, so every now and then, I like to come up with an invention or an adaptation or two. I baked this for my son's 12th birthday and christened it 'Devil in Disguise'. It's similar in taste and texture to my brownies, but yet subtly different. For one thing, it doesn't use flour. Here's the recipe.
Don't forget to look at this post, too: Cooking Verbs
(Note that weights are approximate as my weighing machine has gone a little loopy!)
200g dark chocolate
1. Melt the butter together with the chocolate in a bowl. Mix it well and let it cool.
2. Separate the egg whites from the yolk.
3. Whisk the yolks with the sugar until it's creamy and almost white.
4. Ground the hazelnuts and almonds together. I like to leave them a little coarse, so I can feel my teeth grinding into them!
5. Add the nuts to the yolk mixture. Mix well. Pour and mix in the melted chocolate.
6. Mount the egg whites in a bowl until stiff. Remember to avoid any fat (including the yolk) from getting into the bowl. The presence of fat will prevent the whites from ever mounting.
7. Fold the whites into this mixture, little by little.
8. Grease a cake mould, and pour the mixture into it with TLC.
9. Now, here comes the trick of the devil. Cover the mould with aluminium foil. Place the mould on an oven tray and pour a couple of glasses of water onto the tray. What we're doing here is effectively baking it à la bain-marie. The foil keeps the moisture in, so you won't end up with a dry chocolate cake, like most are.
10. Bake it in a pre-heated oven at 175ºC for about one and a half hour.
11. Remove it to cool.
12. Enjoy it!
If you do make it, let me know how it went, and send me some photos!
Tip: When having it from the fridge, take it out about an hour before consumption, unless you like yours hard. ;-)