Friday, October 21, 2005

SHF #13- Re-engineered Chocolate Decadence




I have been eyeing recipes from Alice Medrich's low-fat bible 'Chocolate and the art of low-fat desserts' and Lovescool has given me a great excuse to make a recipe from it giving us a dark and desirable theme. This is my first experience with Ms. Medrich's recipe and whoo hoo, it uses up a lot of bowls and loads of chocolate too. This is the reincarnation of a sinful dessert that used heavy cream, butter, eggs and chocolate as the main ingredients. Sweet!

However this recipe for chocolate decadence is rather toned down with most of the fat coming from the chocolate. I used Scharffen Berger's 70 % bittersweet chocolate. After refrigerating for 24 hours, a piece of the cake was heavenly but it was not overwhelmingly rich as some chocolate desserts are. The cake is supposed to serve 12 (but an 8 inch cake has to be sliced into thin strips, I think, if it has to serve 12). The cake, or dessert is dense, fudgy and moist. There was a mint undertone, that was pleasant. Does Scharffen Berger's chocolate have a minty taste that anyone has noticed? It tasted like an overbaked cheesecake but in a good sense.

The cake is pleasantly bitter but to appease our sweet tooth I served it with caramel sauce and a little whipped cream. Thanks Lovescool for this dark, sinful theme.

8 comments:

  1. It looks sinfully good! *Licks her lips*

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  2. I'm glad to hear that this turned out well, Mika. I'm not a Scharffen Berger fan because I feel that their chocolate isn't particularly smooth. I have detected some odd notes, not mint that I can recall, but I wouldn't doubt it.

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  3. Nic- I guess that sort of explains the mint taste. I get my chocolate at Whole Foods and they seem to have more of SB lately.

    Boo_licious- It is really smooth and delicious.

    Thanks for your comments:-)

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  4. Looking real decadent, Mika. I can imagine the taste, must be very good and with caramel sauce, heavenly, I suppose.
    Indira

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  5. looks wonderful...very chocolatey indeed! Maybe it would be good with vanilla ice cream too?

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  6. oh my, that caramel sauce does look sinful. so tempting....

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  7. Mmmmm. Your pic is so inviting! Very rich looking little slice of cake!

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  8. Let's review: chocolate, caramel and whipped cream. I'm in!

    Lisa
    http://comfortfood.typepad.com/comfort_food/

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