Tuesday, March 30, 2010

A (choco)late homecoming

When it's cold enough to see snow falling, when you're far from home but you want to feel like you're there, when you only have with you the basic ingredients generally used for a cake, the desire to put your hands in the dough is almost vital. The smell of melted chocolate is an unalterable cure when one is alone or feels like so, and watching a cake rise while baking, as a crunchy shell is forming on top, prolongs the pleasure. Can you believe how long you've been waiting for it! Fortunately you can plunge your teeth in it while it's still hot ... Oh, a big chocolate cake is like homecoming.

Ingredients for a comfortable cake :
120g sugar
3 eggs
150g flour
50g cornflour
1/2 teaspoon baking baking powder
120g butter
200g chocolate to melt
10cl milk

Preheat oven to 180 ° C.
In a saucepan, melt over low heat 140g of chocolate, butter and milk. Mix regularly with a spoon and remove from heat just until all chocolate is melted. Continue to mix off the heat until the sauce is smooth and shiny.

In a bowl, quickly whisk eggs and sugar to make them light and fluffy.Sift together flour, cornflour and baking powder, then add the mixture gradually to the bowl while keeping beating. Pour the chocolate sauce into the batter and stir with a spoon. With the rest of the chocolate, make rough chips, then add them. Pour batter into a greased and floured pan or covered with parchment paper and bake for 45 minutes. The blade of a knife should come out clean.

Feel free to enjoy it warm, because it's even better when the chips are still melting. And with a little sauce made with cooked apples, yummm, this is a direct flashback to your dear bed sheets.

Detail from Alfred Sisley's painting, Neige à Louveciennes, 1876.

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