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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Chocolate Mistake Cake

As I've already mentioned on this blog, I have a slight obsession with cookbooks.  I love reading them,  drooling over recipes I know I definitely want to try and admiring the way the food was styled in the photographs.  I love having them and holding them in my hands.  Some may ask, "are you really going to cook everything in all these books?", well no...not every single one, but I do cook from them.   They do inspire me and keep me excited about cooking and baking.

Today I wanted to share a recipe with you from Twelve Recipes by Cal Peternell.  Paternell is a professional chef who enjoys cooking and baking cakes with his family.  I can't tell you how much I adore this book.

I love that the book started as a small project by the author to get his son set up with some good recipes to take with him as he was leaving home for the first time for College.  I love how Peternell was so concerned if he had taught his son well enough to cook for himself.  He wonders if he has absorbed enough knowledge about things like how salty the water should be for cooking pasta or not to let the garlic get too brown while making a sauce.

The book is less about highly stylized photos of food,  and more about the basics of really simple, family style, straight forward, homey food.

I decided to make the Chocolate Mistake Cake because I love chocolate and cake and I make mistakes all the time and was curious why this yummy cake could ever be one.  Peternell writes that sometimes mistakes are a great thing because something wonderful can come as a result.

I also love that you will need only one big bowl and a whisk to make this recipe and minimal ingredients too.  No buttercream to worry about here either.  Paternell suggests serving with whipped cream.  Ice Cream would be nice too or just plain with a little sifted icing sugar over top would be pretty too.

This was my bowl and whisk of choice for today.

For this recipe you will need:  1 stick (1/2 cup or 8 table spoons) of butter, 1 1/2 cups boiling water, 4 oz (113g) bittersweet chocolate chopped or chocolate chips, I used Lindt 70% dark chocolate

Cut up the butter in chunks and throw it in your bowl then add boiling water to the butter.  While that starts melting chop up your chocolate into small pieces and add that into the butter and hot water and leave aside to melt.

Next, you will need 2 cups flour, 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, 2 teaspoons baking soda and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Sift them all together in a separate medium size bowl (so maybe you need 2 bowls after all...) Set aside.

Add 2 1/2 cups brown sugar, 1/2 cup plain yogurt and 2 teaspoons of vanilla to the butter and chocolate mixture and whisk until everything is well combined

Next whisk in 3 eggs, one at time.  Whisk well after each addition.

Add half of the sifted dry ingredients to the bowl and whisk until just combined.  Then add the rest of the dry ingredients and whisk until the batter is nice and smooth.

Pour the batter into a well buttered 9 inch cake pan.  bake at 350, start checking the cake around 25min mark.  Mine was ready after 35 min
hot out of the oven

I highly recommend this book.  It is great for people who want to learn to cook or for people who are seasoned cooks looking for inspiration in the kitchen and wish to get back to good, simple food.

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