Chocolate Hazelnut Cake
Baked in the cool morning air
before the next heatwave hits
200 g dark chocolate couverture or semisweet baking chocolate
100 g butter at room temperature
200 g superfine sugar
6 egg yolks
6 egg whites
1 pinch of Salt
200 g roasted hazelnuts, finely ground
Grease and flour an 11 inch (28cm) cake pan
Preheat oven to 330°F (170°C)
Beat chocolate with butter and 100 g sugar until fluffy
Add egg yolks, one at a time
Continue beating for 5 more minutes
In a separate bowl:
Beat egg whites with a pinch of salt until the soft peak stage
Continue beating while gradually adding 100 g sugar
Beat at high speed until stiff peaks form
Fold first hazelnuts into chocolate batter
then 1/3 of the egg whites, mix carefully.
Quickly fold in the rest of the egg whites until no white streaks remain
Pour into the cake pan
Bake in the preheated oven at 330°F (170°C) for 30 minutes
(I like to check after 25 minutes. Cake is done when the center still feels somewhat soft to the touch
Allow to cool for 10 minutes in the pan, on a wire rack
In my convection oven, I bake the cake at 320°F (160°C) for 25 minutes.
I like to serve the cake with a dollop of crème fraîche and raspberry-strawberry sauce
(I puree defrosted rasperries and strawberries with the immersion blender,
then strain it through a fine sieve - I don't add sugar)
The cake and the sauce keep in the fridge for four days, at least
(if you can hide it that long from you know whom) ;-)
Link: Gianduia at Wikipedia:
Gianduja or gianduia (Italian: [dʒanˈduːja]) is a sweet chocolate spread containing about 30% hazelnut paste, invented in Turin during Napoléon's regency (1796–1814), when the Mediterranean was under a blockade by the British.
Note: The true story behind Pope Pius VII's "coffee stop":
"La Sosta del Papa is a small hamlet of Barberino Val d'Elsa,
located on the street Via Cassia state just before with the municipal boundary with Poggibonsi.
Known locally as the piss of the Pope took the name from a curious and fun fact of daily life
that saw, in spite of himself, Pope Pius VII on June 2 1813.
It is said that the Pope, during the long journey to Rome back from France
where he had been deported by order of Napoleon Bonaparte,
were caught in this area by a sudden physiological need."
More @ -> La Sosta del Papa