Have you noticed that the world of desserts is being overrun by all things fancy smancy? It seems good old fashioned desserts, like a simple chocolate cake, are the red-headed stepchild in the world of chocolate concoctions.
That ends now. At least for me it does.
In the mood for something simple and delicious to serve a chocolate loving friend last week, I turned to my trusty McCalls cookbook, published in the early 70’s. It’s never let me down before, and this cake was no exception. It’s rich, dense and full of old fashioned flavor and goodness.
- 1 cup flour (preferable King Arthur)
- 2 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup good quality cocoa
- 2 oz semisweet chocolate, chopped
- 1/3 cup boiling water
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1 1/4 cup sugar
- 5 eggs
- Ingredients for ganache
- 3 oz chopped bittersweet chocolate
- 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1. Grease a 9x5 loaf pan with butter and line with parchment or wax paper
- 2. Preheat oven to 325
- 3. In a medium bowl whisk together flour and salt
- 4. Place the chopped chocolate in a heatproof bowl and pour boiling water over it to melt the chocolate then store in cocoa and set aside and allow to cool for a few minutes
- 5. Mix the softened butter and sugar together until light and fluffy, then add chocolate and cocoa mixture and mix until combined
- 6. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing after each addition
- 7. Slowly add flour and salt mixture and stir well
- 8. Spread the batter into the prepared pan and tap it on a hard surface a few times to eliminate bubbles
- 9. Bake for approximately 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. DO NOT OVER COOK OR IT WILL BE DRY
- 10. Let cool for a few minutes, then gently turn the pan over, remove and allow to cool completely on wire rack.
- 11. While cake is cooling, make chocolate ganache. Melt chocolate and whisk in the heavy whipping cream until mixture becomes silky and spread over the cake.
In other news…
The other day Fisherman and I were driving when we saw a large turtle in the road. We stopped to see if we could somehow prevent it from being run over before making it to its final destination. It happened to be a snapping turtle, so we didn’t want to pick it up, but soon after we stopped a man in a pick up truck stopped, got out of his truck and placed his foot on the shell of the turtle and grabbed it by its tail and threw it into the back of his truck. We thought he was going to bring it into the woods. No. He was bringing it home for turtle soup. I’m not kidding. 🙁
We know who the man was, so the next day I went to the local police to find out if there’s an ordinance against that, and no, there isn’t. Too bad, because I was sooooooo looking forward to the police going to his house and at the very least, issuing a summons. I also called the Environmental State Police and believe it or not, they actually have a ‘turtle expert’ who said they’re considering a law that would protect animals in these situations, but nothing is on the books yet. Ugh.
Remember my ‘House With A Broken Heart’ post? There was a house I was going to include, but since it has a brown facade I knew it wouldn’t photograph well so I decided against it. Turns out this house was purchased by a couple that are totally renovating it, top to bottom. It’s a huge undertaking, as the house was built in the 1700’s and has many of it’s original details. I got a sneak peek today and I’m hoping I can take some pictures of the progress, or at least some before and afters. Should be interesting.