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I was an Incan chocolate maker at Machu Picchu

Sunday, April 08, 2012

We hosted a first night seder on Friday, went to a second night seder on Saturday, and are going to a sunset dinner tonight.

I'm KNOWN for my chocolate baking. I've learned to make magic with chocolate: Chocolate decadence (aka flourless chocolate torte). Or the amazing four layer chocolate cake with alternating filling of almond butter and chocolate ganache. Chocolate cheesecake with chocolate cookie crust. Chocolate rugelach. Chocolate cake with raspberry filling and chocolate sauce on top.

But for Passover, when we don't use leavening, I make my French fallen chocolate souffle cake. The egg whites are beaten separately, the cake puffs up like a souffle, and then as it cools the center falls and creates a slightly denser texture. The outer edges are light and crispy, and the entire thing is rich dark chocolate.

So today, I made my third fallen chocolate souffle cake. Really - this was our dessert Friday night. And what I brought to the seder last night. And what I was asked to bring to dinner tonight.

My favorite response thus far, though, was the 30+ yr old son of a friend, visiting from Rio, who asked for a second slice of cake, saying, "May I have a small second piece, please? This is, like, the best cake I've ever had. In my entire life!"

Yeah, I think I was an Incan chocolate maker in a previous lifetime.
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    recipes dear recipes!
    2227 days ago
    Well, now I'm hungry!!!! Sounds so yummy! emoticon
    2237 days ago
    Love the blog! I wish I could say something like that because I love chocolate but, alas, I'm just a Lucky for me I learned what you's not about deprivation, it's about delayed gratification and moderation...once learned, the lesson is emoticon and can be applied to other areas of one's life.
    2238 days ago
    The trick knowing that I can have one portion today, and one portion NEXT TIME. That means I don't have to have two portions now.

    I'm no good at deprivation. But I'm okay at delayed gratification, as long as the delay isn't a year away, LOL!
    2238 days ago
    2238 days ago
    Sounds absoloutly yummy!! I normally make an almond "mush" - which goes down a treat!! I have been unable to attend Seder this year - but in some respects, I am glad! No massive eating of Matza, no naughty drinking of wine (8 cups! hic!!), but your chocolate souffle cake sounds wonderful - please would you send me the recipe to my sparkmail? I have friends who have coeliac disease so it would be wonderful to give them something yummy that doesn't contain flour! Chag Samech my friend! Pesach Tova!!

    2238 days ago
  • SAPNA.
    I am so glad I am not in close proximity to your cakes I would be even fatter than I am already. I have absolutely no control over my chocolate cravings. I see it, I eat it!
    2238 days ago
    There was leftover souffle cake tonight, enough for two nice-sized slices. I told our host/hostess that they had to please put it on a plate and save it for themselves for tomorrow, so I could take my cake dish home. And that's what they happily did!

    My cake baking stint is over until we have company for Carnival.
    2239 days ago
    I'm going to stay with the dark chocolate is a health food idea ...
    2239 days ago
    Don't dare ask you to post the recipe: the rest of us don't have your self control. I'm pretty sure I'd be hoarding the whole thing . . . . and eating it all!!
    2239 days ago
    I love chocolate...I think I just gained weight reading this! emoticon
    2239 days ago
    Oh - I guess I should add that I only make these items for events, so that I get one small portion and the rest is eaten by the other guests. Trust me, this stuff isn't going to stay around our house!!!!
    2239 days ago
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