Saturday, February 28, 2009

Daring Bakers Challenge #13



The February 2009 challenge is hosted by Wendy of WMPE's blog and Dharm of Dad ~ Baker & Chef.
We have chosen a Chocolate Valentino cake by Chef Wan; a Vanilla Ice Cream recipe from Dharm and a Vanilla Ice Cream recipe from Wendy as the challenge.


Chocolate Valentino
Preparation Time: 20 minutes

16 ounces (1 pound) (454 grams) of semisweet chocolate, roughly chopped
½ cup (1 stick) plus 2 tablespoons (146 grams total) of unsalted butter
5 large eggs separated

1. Put chocolate and butter in a heatproof bowl and set over a pan of simmering water (the bottom of the bowl should not touch the water) and melt, stirring often.




2. While your chocolate butter mixture is cooling. Butter your pan and line with a parchment circle then butter the parchment.
3. Separate the egg yolks from the egg whites and put into two medium/large bowls.
4. Whip the egg whites in a medium/large grease free bowl until stiff peaks are formed (do not over-whip or the cake will be dry).
5. With the same beater beat the egg yolks together.
6. Add the egg yolks to the cooled chocolate.
7. Fold in 1/3 of the egg whites into the chocolate mixture and follow with remaining 2/3rds.



Fold until no white remains without deflating the batter. {link of folding demonstration}
8. Pour batter into prepared pan, the batter should fill the pan 3/4 of the way full, and bake at 375F/190C



9. Bake for 25 minutes until an instant read thermometer reads 140F/60C.
Note – If you do not have an instant read thermometer, the top of the cake will look similar to a brownie and a cake tester will appear wet. I checked the cake at 25 minutes and it was very dry. I would begin chicking the temp at 15 minutes if I did it again.
10. Cool cake on a rack for 10 minutes then unmold.





Light, airy vanilla ice cream was the perfect accompaniment for this rich fudge-like cake.


Wendy's Ice Cream Recipe
Vanilla Philadelphia Style Recipe
Preparation Time: 5 minutes

2 cups (473 ml) of half and half (1 cup of heavy cream and 1 cup of whole, full fat milk)
1 cup (237 ml) heavy cream
2/3 (128 grams) cup sugar
Dash of salt
1 (12 grams) tablespoon of vanilla

Mix all ingredients together (we do this in a plastic pitcher and mix with an emulsifier hand blender-whisking works too).
Refrigerate for 30 minutes or longer
Mix in your ice cream maker as directed.



If you have never made homemade ice cream and you have the ability, please, please do this for your family. It is so easy and it will make them love you forever. The above recipe is "Philadelphia-style", not because I'm partial to the city, although I am, but because it doesn't require you to make a cooked custard for your ice cream. Easy, easy, easy and very delicious. And please, I beg you, use real vanilla beans. But, you already know how I feel about that.

8 comments:

Lisa Michelle said...

Nice job on everything! It all looks great :)

Tina said...

Good job. Your cake looks yummy.

chickiedoodle said...

Love your step by step photos! It turned out so pretty!

ARLENE said...

Great job.

Claire said...

Great job! I love the design on the bottom of the cake.

Min said...

You have a beautiful family! The cake looks great, too!

Rachel said...

Missed you all at church! I hope you're all well.

Jenny said...

I remember seeing this pan but was worried that my cake wouldn't come out cleanly - it looks like yours did, and it is beautiful!

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