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Valentines day is finally here and I have one last recipe to share with you. Although I could eat this baby every day of the year. Last Sunday night at 9pm I suddenly had a raging craving for something chocolaty.  Never one to deny my insatiable urges I set about the kitchen looking for ingredients. I wasn’t in the mood for traditional cake, I wanted something richer and denser. I knew the only thing that would satisfy my lust was a flour-less cake. I also wanted to do something with ground almonds as I have a big-ass bag of them to use up. I did a quick search on-line and came across this recipe. It worked really well and will definitely become one of my standbys.

Ingredients

200g of dark chocolate (you could use half dark or half milk if you like it sweeter)

1 stick of butter

5 egg

1 orange (the zest and 2 tablespoons of the juice)

120g of ground almonds

150g of white sugar

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Then grease a round cake tin and line with parchment paper. I put paper on the bottom and sides as the cake can be very delicate and hard to remove. if you have a spring-form pan then I would recommend using it.

Melt the chocolate and butter in a bowl over a pan of simmering water then leave to cool. Separate the eggs and beat the whites until they form stiff peaks. This will be easier with an electric mixer, otherwise you need a lot of elbow grease. Then whisk half the white sugar to the egg whites until all the sugar has been incorporated and it looks like shaving foam.

Take the other half of the white sugar and whisk it together with the egg yolks until they become a pale yellow colour. This may take a while if you are doing it by hand.

Once the melted chocolate and butter mixture has cooled you can carefully fold it into the egg yolk mixture. Add the almond flour, orange zest and juice to the bowl and stir together.

Take the egg white mixture and add a third to the chocolate mixture. Fold it in very gently being careful to keep in as much air as possible. Fold in the second third, then the last. Being very careful and making sure the mixtures has combined.

Scrape the mixture into the pan and bake for about 30-40 minutes. It should wobble a bit in a the middle and a toothpick will come out relatively clean. Let the cake cool completely before removing from the tin. Sprinkle with cocoa or sugar powder to decorate and serve with fresh berries and cream. Voilà deliciously decadent flour-less chocolate cake. Happy Valentines day!

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