March 5, 2014

From How to be a Domestic Goddess by Nigella Lawson

Serves 8-10


100gm unsalted butter
100gm dark chocolate, broken up
4 large eggs
175gm caster sugar
50gm self-raising flour, sifted 3 times
3 tbsp Marsala
for the Icing:

100gm dark chocolate
1 tbsp Marsala
100ml double cream
22cm Springform tin, greased and lined.

Preheat the oven to 180C


1.Melt the butter and chocolate together in the microwave or a double boiler, and then set aside to cool slightly.
2.Beat the eggs and sugar together until thick, pale and moussey, and greatly increased in volume; it should double, triple even. My Kitchen Aid does this beautifully.
3.Gently fold the sifted flour into the egg mixture, trying not to lose all of the air. Now fold the butter and chocolate very carefully into the cake mixture.
4.Pour into the tin and cook for 35 minutes, by which time the top should be firm and the cake underneath dense and desirably damp.The cake will have risen beautifully but will soon sink, leaving a crater perfect for dousing with Marsala and filling with ganache.
5.Cool on a rack for 5 minutes, and then pour over the Marsala. I find it easier to do this by the teaspoonful so that the liquid is evenly distributed. Leave the cake to cool completely before releasing it from it’s tin.
6.So, the icing: melt the chocolate, Marsala and cream in a heavy-bottomed saucepan over a gentle heat. Take it off the heat, and whisk until it reaches a good icing consistency; smooth, thick, but not solid. I like to spread this just on the very top of the cake, which anyway sinks on cooling so that you have a roughly circular sunken pond to fill, leaving an outline of cooked-cake rim.
7.When set, you’re left, beautifully, with a Sacher-shiny disc of ganache suspened on top of this dusty-brown, matt cake.


 Le Femme:

I actually combined this recipe with the Chocolate Raspberry Heart cake, baking it in a heart shaped tin and serving the raspberry cream filling on the side. Instead of just raspberries, I used mixed berries and the combination of flavours was perfect. However, whilst making the Marsala cake I happily poured the marsala into the mix before popping it in the oven. On rechecking the recipe for cooking times, I noted that the Marsala should have been added after cooking! The cake was not spoiled at all, moist and delicious.

Le Vin:

Corbieres AOP, France, (Carignan/Grenache/Syrah/Mourvedre), Gerard Bertrand for Marks & Spencer, 2011, MYR59

Equally delicious, a small glass of Marsala would match perfectly.


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