mark of the judas (misfit) wrote in vegancooking,
mark of the judas
misfit
vegancooking

Failed Recipe: Mini Flourless Chocolate Cakes

The almonds that I posted last night were supposed to accompany some flourless mini chocolate cakes as a present….sadly, the almonds will be alone. While the mini cakes tasted fine, there were some major problems with the baking that rendered them unshippable (since this present was going to be shipped via USPS, portability is a key).



Original Recipe
---------------------------------

Warm Chocolate Cake with Citrus

1/4 cup hazelnuts
Cooking spray
4 ounces bittersweet chocolate (such as Scharffen Berger)
2 tablespoons butter
2 large eggs
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1/16 teaspoon salt
Tangerine, blood orange, or mandarin orange sections

This rich dessert can be served either warm or cool (note: It becomes much fudgier when cool).
Prep: 15 minutes (plus 10 minutes to cool) Cook: 36 minutes

1. Preheat oven to 350°. Place hazelnuts on a baking sheet; bake at 350° for 15 minutes, stirring once. Turn nuts out onto a towel; rub off skins. Chop nuts finely. Coat 4 (4–6 ounce) ramekins with cooking spray, and coat the insides of the ramekins with chopped hazelnuts. Combine chocolate and butter in a microwave-safe bowl; microwave on HIGH 1 minute, stirring every 30 seconds until mixture is smooth. Set aside. Combine eggs, sugars, and salt in a bowl; beat with mixer on high speed until pale and roughly tripled in volume (about 5 minutes). Gently stir one-fourth of egg mixture into chocolate mixture; gently fold in remaining egg mixture. Divide batter evenly among ramekins. Place ramekins in a baking pan; add hot water to pan to a depth of 1 inch. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes or until puffy and set. Remove ramekins from pan; cool on a wire rack 10 minutes or until cool to touch. Top ramekins with tangerine, blood orange, or mandarin orange segments. Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 1 ramekin).


My version
---------------------------------
1/2 cup hazelnuts
Cooking spray
4 ounces dark chocolate
2 tablespoons Earth Balance margarine
2 tbs. ground flax seeds + 6 tbs. water + 3 tsp. Ener-g egg replacer + 4 tbs. water (equivalent of four eggs)
2 tablespoon sugar
1/16 teaspoon salt
1 small bottle Grand Marnier (the really tiny bottle size)

Preheat oven to 350°. Place hazelnuts on a baking sheet; bake at 350° for 15 minutes, stirring once. Turn nuts out onto a towel; rub off skins. Chop nuts in food processor. Break out the silicone cupcake pan! Combine chocolate and margarine in a microwave-safe bowl; microwave on HIGH 1 minute, stirring every 30 seconds until mixture is smooth. Add Grand Marnier. Set aside.Combine eggs replacers, sugar, and salt in a bowl; beat with mixer on high speed for a few minutes until it thickens and becomes somewhat eggy. Gently stir one-fourth of egg mixture into chocolate mixture; gently fold in remaining egg mixture. Divide batter evenly among 5 sections of the cupcake pan. Add small amount of water to empty cupcake areas in pan. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until the recipe reveals itself to be doomed.


The lack of flour and the reliance on eggs to make these rise posed a challenge indeed; I wanted to use a combination of flax seeds and Ener-g for thickening and (hopefully) levity. Instead, the mini cakes barely rose and caved in in the middle. The tops and edges were cooked, but the bottoms were still raw. On the cooked tops a lot of the liquid had collected and was bubbling away. Even with the caved-in tops, they could have been salvaged if only the bottoms were cooked longer. However, if I had kept these in the oven any longer, the eges would have become burnt.

I shoved them into the fridge, hoping that an overnight rest would help solidify them. It did, but not enough to have them withstand shipping (or presenting to someone as a gift, at that). Taste-wise, they were great! Even the gooey bottoms were yummy. A lot of the Grand Marnier had cooked out so the taste was subtle.

I am not giving up on perfecting this recipe! To be continued…..
Subscribe
  • Post a new comment

    Error

    Anonymous comments are disabled in this journal

    default userpic

    Your IP address will be recorded 

  • 4 comments