Flourless chocolate hazelnut cake

Flourless chocolate hazelnut cake

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Alimentari
Serves
10-12
Photographer
Lauren Bamford

This is a simple recipe which showcases its main ingredients, so it’s important to use the best-quality chocolate and hazelnuts that you can afford.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
375g good-quality dark cooking chocolate, broken into pieces, (at least 53% cocoa solids)
300g butter, cut into cubes
2 tablespoons brandy
60ml espresso coffee
7 egg whites
9 egg yolks
300g sugar
300g hazelnut meal
150g roasted hazelnuts, crushed

Ganache

Quantity Ingredient
225g good-quality dark cooking chocolate, broken into pieces, (at least 53% cocoa solids)
1/2 tablespoon glucose syrup
250ml thickened cream

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 150°C. Grease and line a 23 cm cake tin with baking paper.
  2. Melt the chocolate and butter together in a large heatproof bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water. Stir until smooth and combined. Remove from the heat and stir in the brandy and the coffee. Add the egg yolks and whisk to combine.
  3. In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites until peaks begin to form. Gradually add the sugar and whisk for another minute. You should have a beautiful, thick, satiny meringue mixture. Set aside.
  4. Slowly mix the hazelnut meal into the chocolate mixture until combined. Gently fold in the meringue until just incorporated.
  5. Pour into the prepared tin and bake for about 2 hours or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out with a few crumbs on it. Turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  6. To make the ganache, place the chocolate and glucose into a heatproof bowl. Gently heat the cream in a saucepan over medium heat (but do not boil). Pour the hot cream over the chocolate and glucose. Let sit for 2 minutes then stir until smooth.
  7. When the cake has cooled, pour the ganache over the top and sprinkle with the crushed hazelnuts.
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