Ach! Such a crazy title for a very simple cake. I’m not sure when flourless chocolate cake became the rage, only to be followed by little molten lava cakes, but I know that every restaurant seems to have one or the other on their menu. And just like they are everywhere, so are the numerous recipes that extoll their virtues. I’m not sure how old I was when my mother gave me the recipe for her flourless chocolate cake, but I think I was already out of the home-so to speak.
She used to make it quite often and so did I. When I first got married it seems this was THE dessert that I made for everyone. But don’t get too excited because I’m not giving you that recipe. I’m giving you a better recipe. It doesn’t involve separate beating of the egg whites and egg yolks or melting the chocolate or anything like that. So, look at it this way, I’m giving you the latest and greatest. Not because I didn’t love the one my mother made, but because this one is like way simpler.
Yes, it is different. The texture is more fudge like than brownie like. This one slides off your tongue and can be served warmed or chilled. And it only requires one 9″ pan. Don’t laugh when I say this makes 16 servings. It can easily serve 12-maybe 16. Yes, this beauty is rich. Creamy rich and totally a chocolate lover’s dream. Throw a little whipped cream or ice cream on top and even a few berries, and you’ve got an unbelievable dessert.
Now I know there are chiffon cake lovers in the bunch and I’m going to give you a link to one of my favorites. This Bon Appetit recipe is good. Very good. I made it way back in 1997. Ach! Where does the time go? Now my friend makes it! But, well, I’m just a girl that loves chocolate; and my Ilse’s Passover nut cake, iced with a delectable mocha frosting. What can I say?
Passover is a big meal and it lasts a long time so one must pace themselves, as my father says. It involves 4 glasses of wine and a great story, traditions and singing. Check the link out if you want to know more. This year we are making it easy on my folks and flying to Phoenix to celebrate. Normally we don’t celebrate with them because it was too hard to visit when the kids were in school and they never liked coming up here. Alex and Zoe are flying in and it will be the first Passover my nuclear family has had together since their senior year in high school. I am looking very forward to this. Like way forward. Like I can’t wait! My brother will be there to, but alas, only one of them. I’ll be doing a lot of the cooking, and that’s OK. I enjoy cooking. Can’t you tell?
My Mother’s Brisket
Passover Mocha Nut Cake
Marshmallows and Matzoh S’mores