Crowd-pleasing chocolate cake with roast rhubarb

AT A GLANCE

  • Serves 10 people

  • 125 gm hazelnut meal
  • 80 gm plain flour
  • 20 gm Dutch-process cocoa, plus extra to serve
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 280 gm dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids), finely chopped
  • 200 gm unsalted butter, coarsely chopped
  • 25 ml espresso or coffee liqueur
  • 5 eggs, separated
  • 220 gm (1 cup) raw caster sugar
  • To serve: crème fraîche
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  • Roast rhubarb
  • 1 bunch rhubarb, trimmed and cut into 5cm lengths
  • 110 gm raw caster sugar
  • 2 oranges, juice only
  • 1 vanilla bean, scraped seeds only
01   Preheat oven to 200C. Place rhubarb in a colander, rinse under running water, combine in a bowl with remaining ingredients, stir to coat. Transfer to a small roasting tray, cover with foil, roast until tender (10-15 minutes), set aside.
02   Reduce oven to 180C. Combine hazelnut meal, flour, cocoa and baking powder in a bowl, set aside. Melt chocolate, butter and espresso in a heatproof bowl over simmering water, stirring occasionally until smooth (2-3 minutes). Remove from heat, stir in yolks.
03   Whisk eggwhites in an electric mixer until firm peaks form (2-3 minutes), gradually add sugar, whisking until thick and glossy. Fold into chocolate mixture, then fold in hazelnut mixture. Spoon into a 22cm-diameter buttered and base-lined springform cake tin and bake until a skewer withdraws clean (30-35 minutes). Cool completely in tin, remove, dust with extra cocoa and serve with crème fraîche and roast rhubarb. Store at room temperature. Best eaten on day of making.

Recipe:

EMMA KNOWLES

Photography:

BEN DEARNLEY

Styling:

GERALDINE MUNOZ AND EMMA KNOWLES

Drinking Suggestion:

SMALL GLASS OF TOKAY. , suggested by MAX ALLEN

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Aug 2009

Aug 2009

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