Thursday, July 13

Dark Chocolate Cake with Pine Nuts

Inspired by having a fridge full of salted butter from France (a gift from friends/guests) and a cupboard stocked with dark chocolate - Jason knew what needed to be done.  It was too bad we didn't have any gelato (a warm slice of this cake with a scoop of vanilla!)  but we made due a little fresh whipped cream on the side.

As it was cooling on the windowsill before dinner, I couldn't help but do a little "quality control" and sneak a slice.

I posted the photo above with this question yesterday on Facebook: " you think anyone will notice?!"

The comments were hysterical & creative on what I should do to hide the evidence or who I should blame (the chickens!) and many of you asked for the recipe. So here is the ridiculously simple recipe to this rich dark chocolate cake.

The better the chocolate - the better the cake. We used a mix of 100% and 72% dark chocolate.

Dark Chocolate Cake with Pine Nuts

4 eggs
125g sugar
125g butter
125g dark chocolate 72% or greater
75g flour
1 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder
pinch of salt
125g pine nuts (toasted)

Beat eggs & sugar until foamy. Melt chocolate and butter then once cool, combine with the egg mixture.
Sift flour, salt and baking powder. In a few strokes, mix into egg mixture.
Just before the flour is fully incorporated toss in half the nuts.
Butter and flour a spring form pan. Pour in mixture and top with the other half of the pine nuts.

Bake 175C or 350F for 30-40 minutes

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