Chocolate Armagnac Cake, chosen by LyB of And then I do the dishes as this week's TWD recipe, has one of the more amusing backstories in Dorie's repertoire. It's the cake that got Dorie fired! As the story goes, she once substituted prunes and Armagnac for raisins and Scotch in this cake, and was subsequently booted from her restaurant job.
[chocolate armagnac cake recipe]
Though it sounded a bit weird to me to have prunes in a chocolate cake, they did give the cake a lot of moisture and sweetness. I thought they were a nice addition (even though I forgot to cut them up, so I ended up with whole prune chunks).
I had a lot of fun flaming the prunes! ;) I used Scotch whisky instead of the called-for Armagnac, since I couldn't think of any other foreseeable use for the Armagnac. I ended up not being able to taste the flavor of the Scotch too much in the end product, although the kitchen smelled Scotch-tastic for most of the baking process.
I also used almond flour instead of the ground pecans, because, well, I am lazy and I already keep almond flour in the freezer.
Beaten egg whites gave some structure to the cake.
Baking and glazing the cake:
The glaze was a mix of melted chocolate, powdered sugar and butter, AKA deliciousness.
Here are the recipe ingredients and nutrition facts! Be afraid, be very afraid.
45 g finely ground pecans or walnuts (2/3 c) (I used almonds)
31 g all-purpose flour (1/4 c)
1/4 t salt
12 moist, plump prunes, pitted and cut into bits
1/4 c plus 3 T water
1/4 c Armagnac (I used Scotch)
200g bittersweet chocolate (7 oz), coarsely chopped
113 g unsalted butter (1 stick, 1/2 c)
3 large eggs, separated
133 g sugar (2/3 c)
85 g bittersweet chocolate (3 oz), coarsely chopped
3 T powdered sugar
42 g unsalted butter (3 T)
[recipe instructions on LyB's blog]
Nutrition Facts from NutritionData.com:
per 1/8th of recipe
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Fat: 35 g
Saturated Fat: 19 g
Cholesterol: 123 mg
Sodium: 106 mg
Carbohydrates: 51 g
Dietary Fiber: 4 g
Protein: 6 g
I finally got wise and calculated the nutrition facts BEFORE eating this cake;) It didn't stop me from eating it, though. Sigh.
Many thanks to LyB for this week's pick! Head over to her blog for the full recipe, and look at the TWD blogroll to check out the plethora of cakes.