Saturday, February 28, 2009

Daring Bakers Challenge...Chocolate Valentino

This months Daring Baker Challenge was truly one of my favorites! I absolutely loved it and I knew that I would the minute I saw it!!! The cake was perfect and the prospect of making ice cream was wonderful (more on that later). To make this event even more wonderful was the fact that I had my good friend Jenn The Leftover Queen here during the month of February!

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.

Thanks Dharm and Wendy for a great choice!

I do have a confession though...somehow I never got around to making the ice cream! I did make a fresh berry sauce that went with it wonderfully but the ice cream never happened
(no one here likes vanilla ice and I don't have a machine) and I didn't get pictures of the berries. Does it count then that I really did the challenge? I think so!

We made this for a really fun dinner we had with Jenn and her hubby Roberto and 3 other friends of mine that we invited. This was a wonderful ending to a great meal. Unfortunatley by the time dessert was served I got no pictures of the slices!

This cake was so rich, gooey, creamy and full of chocolate flavor. I can't wait for my next excuse to make this...

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.
10. Cool cake on a rack for 10 minutes then unmold.

Silly Jenn taking a picture of me taking a picture of her!

Dharm's Ice Cream Recipe
Classic Vanilla Ice Cream
Preparation Time: 30 minutes

Recipe comes from the Ice Cream Book by Joanna Farrow and Sara Lewis (tested modifications and notes in parentheses by Dharm)

1 Vanilla Pod (or substitute with vanilla extract)
300ml / ½ pint / 1 ¼ cups Semi Skimmed Milk – in the U.S. this is 2% fat (or use fresh full fat milk that is pasteurised and homogenised {as opposed to canned or powdered}). Dharm used whole milk.
4 large egg yolks
75g / 3oz / 6 tbsp caster sugar {superfine sugar can be achieved in a food processor or use regular granulated sugar}
5ml / 1 tsp corn flour {cornstarch}
300ml / ½ pint / 1 ¼ cups Double Cream (48% butter fat) {in the U.S. heavy cream is 37% fat)
{you can easily increase your cream's fat content by heating 1/4 cup of heavy cream with 3 Tbs of butter until melted - cool to room temperature and add to the heavy cream as soon as whisk marks appear in the cream, in a slow steady stream, with the mixer on low speed. Raise speed and continue whipping the cream) or use heavy cream the difference will be in the creaminess of the ice cream.

1. Using a small knife slit the vanilla pod lengthways. Pour the milk into a heavy based saucepan, add the vanilla pod and bring to the boil. Remove from heat and leave for 15 minutes to allow the flavours to infuse
Lift the vanilla pod up. Holding it over the pan, scrape the black seeds out of the pod with a small knife so that they fall back into the milk. SET the vanilla pod aside and bring the milk back to the boil.
2. Whisk the egg yolks, sugar and corn-flour in a bowl until the mixture is thick and foamy. 3. Gradually pour in the hot milk, whisking constantly. Return the mixture to the pan and cook over a gentle hear, stirring all the time
4. When the custard thickens and is smooth, pour it back into the bowl. Cool it then chill.
5. By Hand: Whip the cream until it has thickened but still falls from a spoon. Fold it into the custard and pour into a plastic tub or similar freeze-proof container. Freeze for 6 hours or until firm enough to scoop, beating it twice (during the freezing process – to get smoother ice cream or else the ice cream will be icy and coarse)
By Using and Ice Cream Maker: Stir the cream into the custard and churn the mixture until thick (follow instructions on your ice cream maker)

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.

As Always...

Happy Entertaining!!!



Anne Coleman said...

It gorgeous! I'm so happy that you and Jen were together for this. How fun! You get to see so many great foodies- I'm turning green :)

Anonymous said...

Looks great. Desserts can be intimidating for some people to try. You candor and explanations are encouraging to those who want to try new things.
Cooking should be fun and you share that with your readers.
Cute photo!

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous stuff. I'm sure your post passes with flying colors even without the ice cream.
In other news, I feel left out not having a heart shaped pan for this challenge.

RecipeGirl said...

Beautiful! Three ingredients?? I guess I could have done this one. Sadly, I had to give up on DB a few challenges ago!!

Dharm said...

You didnt make the ice cream?? We'll have to send you to the back of the class now...!! LOL

So, so glad that you enjoyed this challenge Judy and it must have been a lot of fun having Jenn there with you!

Anonymous said...

Who needs ice cream when you have a perfectly executed fudgy heart, right? It looks great! Also, that's nice that you got to enjoy and share the challenge with a fellow DB'er/friend!

Thistlemoon said...

Hey Judy! That sure was fun and delicious! We should do it again sometime! ;)

Bob said...

Wow, that looks like the simplest cake ever! And wicked good too. I'm snagging that recipe.

Anonymous said...

How delightful to not only make this and enjoy it, but to make & enjoy it with friends! great job!

Judy@nofearentertaining said...

Hey Annie-Wasn't it great that it worked out with Jenn being here? Don't turn green!

Hi Elaine-Thanks for those great compliments.

Hey Jude-Yours was gorgeous and no one has really complained about me not doing the ice cream!

Hey Lori-I almost gave up but they are okay right now...

Oh Dharm-I am soooooo sorry about the ice cream. I just couldn't do it!!!

Hey Lisa-It was so much fun!

Oh Jenn-Let's do next months together too!!!

Hey Bob-Snag away this recipe was soooo simple and delicious!!! Imagine it with a berry sauce all over...big yum!

Thanks so much Gretchen!

Tina said...

Your cake looks like it was cooked to perfection!
Great job...

Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

This chocolate creation would have been hard to resist Judy. So glad the two of you were able to make it together:D

Anonymous said...

Your cake could not look more delicious!!

Arlene Delloro said...

The heart shape was really fun, I'm sure. Great looking Valentino.

Megan said...

I bet you guys had a great time making this challenge. It was a great one!

Susan @ SGCC said...

The cake looks great, with or without ice cream! And, how fun that you got to make it with Jenn! Well done!

Anonymous said...

Thinking it's so great that you and Jen got together and were able to bake! You can make ice cream any time, too, with all your warm weather. Loving the shape of your cake. My heart was all fat. hahahaha!

Maria said...

The cake looks fabulous! I just found your blog! Love it!! Now I am craving chocolate:)

Unknown said...

Lack of pictures happens sometimes, doesn't it!? I think that the top picture looks wonderful...and combine that with friends...not much better!

sj said...

your cake is so pretty :) and how cool that you got to share it with Jenn!

Di said...

I'm envious of your heart-shaped pan. =) That's one thing I don't have, so I had to go with round for mine. Berry sauce sounds like a fine thing to go with this cake.

Amy said...

What a beautiful looking cake! Great job on the challenge

Clumbsy Cookie said...

That's so cool Judy! I bet you girls had a blast!