A month or so ago, I made a chocolate truffle cake, trying to copy the Ruth's Chris's Steak House recipe without having a recipe, and it turned out great. There were lots of happy comments from some of you. But I have to admit, the cake texture wasn't as velvety as I'd wanted so, of course, I had to experiment again. Whee!
I love chocolate, so it wasn't a chore, I promise you.
I made it for author pals Hannah Dennison and Kate Carlisle and their hubbies. What fun. Everyone loved it.
Hannah is on the left. She writes the charming Vicky Hill Mysteries. Kate is on the right. She writes the "book lovers" Bibliophile Mysteries.
|Jason, Hannah, Kate, Dons|
I can't tell you how nice it is to have writing friends in the same city. We occasionally go out to dinner, just the girls, and we catch up on the business, the experience of writing, the challenges that face us. Mostly we laugh. I'm very blessed to have them in my life.
I served a cheese platter, the veggies and dip I shared on the blog 2 weeks ago, my mother's famous margarita, wine, steak, salad, baked potatoes with all the trimmings. A regular "hearty" meal. And we finished with the chocolate cake and fresh berries. Needless to say, we probably all ate too much, but it was so much fun.
Preheat the oven to 300º. Brush a 10" spring-form pan with butter, line the bottom with buttered parchment and wrap the pan in foil in case of any leaks. [MINE DIDN’T LEAK AT ALL BUT IT’S A GOOD PRECAUTION.]
In a saucepan, bring the half-and-half, sugar, applesauce, and coffee JUST to a boil. Place the chocolate into a mixing bowl. Pour the hot milk mixture over the chocolate.
Let sit for a few minutes. [It will melt nicely.]
Mix at low speed for two minutes.
Add the eggs in all at once and mix thirty seconds, until incorporated.
Pour batter into prepared spring-form pan. Bake until the cake is “set” - about 1 to 1 and 1/2 hours. The cake will still look wet and slightly loose in the very center, but the edges will be set, slightly puffed and have small cracks. [looks like a cheesecake – I cooked mine one hour then turned off the oven and let it set for another 20 minutes]
Allow cake to cool on a rack (this takes about 2 full hours), then chill for 6 hours or overnight before removing pan sides.
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