Chocolate Valentino (Flourless Chocolate Cake)
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Yield: Depends on size pan you use
 
For a real Valentino, bake it in a heart shaped pan or cut it out into a heart shape. You may use any shape pan that gives you an area of 50” - 6x8 or 7x7. An 8” spring form pan works with great results as do smaller pans or ramekins. An instant read thermometer highly recommended. Also, this cake will (obviously) taste exactly like the chocolate you use, so use a good quality chocolate.
ingredients:
  • 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
directions:
  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 ⅓ of the egg whites into the chocolate mixture and follow with remaining ⅔rds. Fold until no white remains without deflating the batter.
  8. Pour batter into prepared pan, the batter should fill the pan ¾ of the way full, and bake at 375F/190C
  9. Bake for 25 minutes until an instant read thermometer reads 140F/60C. **
  10. Cool cake on a rack for 10 minutes then unmold.
notes:
* For a white chocolate Valentino, use white chocolate instead of semisweet and follow directions in the post on how to work the white chocolate. For a white and dark chocolate Valentino, split the recipe using half semisweet and half white chocolate. Split butter amount and use six eggs, three for each chocolate.
** 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 when it's done.
Recipe by parsley sage sweet at http://www.parsleysagesweet.com/2009/02/28/cake-and-ice-creamhold-the-flour/