I have been trying to make things that are fairly simple and that have basic ingredients. I suppose this sounds exotic, but really it is just a fairly fool proof way of making a cake. The original recipe apparently came from Elizabeth David’s French Provincial Cooking, so it made sense to make it for Tim’s birthday.
1 Cup ground almonds
7 oz (200 gms) chocolate, either semi-sweet or bitter
11 Tbs (150 gms) butter
¾ Cup sugar
½ tsp vanilla
¼ tsp cream of tartar
- Make sure to have all ingredients at room temperature
- Pre-heat oven to 375° F (190°C)
- Grease & dust a 8”springform pan (or whatever you have)
- Melt chocolate and butter in a double boiler or in a saucepan suspended over boiling water. Allow to cool.
- Separate eggs. Beat egg whites with ½ cup sugar until light.
- Add chocolate and vanilla to chocolate. Fold in ground almonds
- Beat egg whites until foamy. Add tartar until it forms soft peaks. Sprinkle in last ¼ cup sugar and beat well.
- Fold ¼ of the whites into the chocolate mixture to lighten. Fold in the rest of the whites just until they are incorporated.
- Pour into prepared pan. Cool 45 – 50 minutes. Release from the sides with a knife, but cool in the pan.