Real food, gluten-free meals, and eclectic music!
Recipe by Patsy Caldwell from You Be Sweet
Our dear, sweet friend Malcolm sent me this wonderful book chock full of Southern desserts that will put you in a sugar coma, just reading about them. Malcolm is an expert on all things sweet – he IS that person that believes life is too short, eat dessert first. I have really enjoyed reading these recipes from Patsy Caldwell and the accompanying stories by the book’s co-author, Amy Lyles Wilson. If anyone is looking for the most decadent collection of desserts this side of the Mississippi, I certainly would recommend You Be Sweet! Thank you, Malcolm!
Since we are generally trying to resist sugary things, I’ve tried to limit myself to just drooling over the photos – until now. This Flourless Chocolate Cake caught my eye. It is easy and quick to put together, and so very, very chocolatey and delicious. The only modification I made to the recipe was to use coconut palm sugar instead of regular sugar…and yes, that was a desperate attempt to maybe make it a little less lethal. If this cake shortened my life, so be it. It is incredible!
Preheat the oven to 300F. Grease an 8-inch round cake pan, and line with parchment paper. Sprinkle with cocoa powder.
Melt the chocolate and butter in the top of a double-boiler over simmering water. Stir until uniformly melted. Remove from heat. (This is easiest to do by placing a heat-resistant bowl over any saucepan. Be sure to place it on a towel when you remove it from heat, since the bottom will be wet.)
In a separate bowl, mix together the sugar, eggs, salt, and vanilla. Beat the egg/sugar mixture into the chocolate mixture, with constant stirring to prevent the eggs from “cooking” in the warm chocolate. Pour into the prepared cake pan, and bake for 30 to 35 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Allow to cool for approximately 10 minutes in the pan, then turn out onto a serving plate.
To prepare the ganache, bring the cream to a simmer in a small saucepan. Remove from heat, then stir in the chocolate chips. Stir until smooth. Stir in the vanilla until thoroughly mixed. Pour over the cake, spreading it out to just over the edges.
Serve, garnished with fruit if desired! Enjoy!
Oh man, I loves me some chocolate cake! Nothing this good can be bad for you! Same with our music today, the great Ryan Adams. He first appeared on the national scene as the leader of Whiskeytown, the Carolina-based alt-country band that was great while it lasted. Their Strangers Almanac is a landmark southern recording, full of some of the best songs to come around in a while, such as “16 Days” and “Turn Around”. A masterpiece, indeed.
Then Adams went solo, and scored critical praise for Gold. Working with Ethan Johns, this is a great rock and roll record, full of country soul, Stonesian rockers and heartfelt ballads.