Monday, August 2, 2010

Flourless Chocolate Cake w/ Caramel Sauce

*found in Bon Appetit, October 2002

10-12 servings


1 cups (2 sticks butter), cut into pieces
8 ounces semisweet chocolate chips (about 1 1/2 cups) (try dagoba or Hershey's)
1 1/4 cup sugar
1 cup sifted unsweetened cocoa powder
6 large eggs

Caramel Sauce

1 1/2 cups sugar
1/4 cup water
1 1/2 tsp fresh lemon juice
1 cup whipping cream
2 tbsp (1/4 stick) unsalted butter

Vanilla ice cream

For Cake:  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Butter 10-inch-diameter springform pan.  Line bottom with waxed paper.  Stir butter and chocolate in heavy large saucepan over low heat until melted.  Mix sugar and cocoa in a large bowl.  Add eggs; whisk until well blended.  Whisk in chocolate butter mixture.  Pour batter into prepared pan.  Bake until tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 45 minutes.  Cool cake completely in pan on rack.  Run knife around pan sides to loosen cake.  Release pan sides.  (can be made 1 day ahead.  Cover and refrigerate.

For Caramel Sauce: Stir sugar, water and lemon juice in a heavy medium saucepan over low heat until sugar dissolves.  Increase heat; boil without stirring until syrup is deep amber color, about 7 minutes.  Remove from heat.  Add in cream (mixture will bubble vigorously).  Return to low heat; stir until any bits of caramel issolve.  Add butter; whisk until smooth.  (can be made 1 day ahead.  Cover and chill).  Cut cake into wedges on baking sheet and rewarm in 350 degrees in oven for 10 minutes.  Re-warm caramel sauce over medium-low heat, stirring often.  Place 1 cake wedge on each plate.  Drizzle with warm caramel sauce.  Serve with ice cream.

xoxo Julie

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