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Megans Cookin: A Chocolate Valentino

Saturday, February 28, 2009

A Chocolate Valentino

The February 2009 challenge is hosted by Wendy of WMPE's" blog and Dharm of Dad ~ Baker & Chef. We have chosen a Chocolate Valentino cake by Chef Wan; a Vanilla Ice Cream recipe from Dharm and a Vanilla Ice Cream recipe from Wendy as the challenge.

It was suppose to be served on Valentines Day. We were going to have a aged beef tenderloin with blue cheese cream on top, a nice bottle of wine that we were saving, and a magnificent dessert. The Daring Bakers challenge was the perfect thing, for just this occasion.
Then Friday I started feeling not so good. I went to bed at four o'clock and slept till eight the next morning. Yes, you read that right. Four in the afternoon till eight the next morning. 16 hours of sleep! It was sweat pants and hot tea all weekend. No tempting tenderloin, no wonderful wine, and no daring dessert. In fact, it was a scrambled egg kind of valentines dinner. O.K. I threw in a little cheese to celebrate the night. Romantic huh? NOT!

So the next weekend I made the planned dinner. Complete with the Daring Bakers challenge which was a flourless chocolate cake and homemade ice cream. Dinner was glorious and the wine was perfect. I made individual little cakes in my rose shaped pan. There were beautiful little black specs in my vanilla bean ice cream. I lovingly plated my masterpiece of a dessert with one little rose cake, tiny little scoops of ice cream, a big ripe strawberry. A sweet swirl of chocolate sauce graced each perfect plate.

I draped a table with a satin red tablecloth. I adjusted my light to get that perfect picture and I loving did my photo shoot. It was a perfect evening, a tantalizing dinner, a wonderful wine, and a sweet ending. All was excellent and I was set to do my Daring Baker challenge post.


The next week, as I was playing on Facebook, one of my favorite things to do, my computer froze. I tried rebooting, I did a couple of scans that popped up. I had the Hubby play around with it. The conclusion?

It crashed.

Then my Hubby found me curled up in the fetal position on the bed, sucking my thumb, crying WHY? WHY? I lost it all. My photos, my feeds, my bookmarks, My Daring Baker Challenge photos! It was all gone. The Hubby knew he had better call our computer guru.

So my beloved laptop is now at the computer hospital in what I pray is capable hands. We are hoping he can save a limb or a byte or a picture. I was hoping to know by the DB reveal day, but I haven't heard anything yet. I have been sitting on pins and needles for days now. It seems like weeks. I miss my laptop. I miss my friends on Facebook. I've barely Tweeted since the crash. Everything is not alright in my world. When did I become so addicted?

So my friends, I have nothing for you but a recipe to the fabulous dessert. No rosy cakes, no screaming ice cream, no little swirl of chocolate sauce. I did think about redoing the challenge, but, do you know how many calories I would have to consume again? I was going to take a hit for the team but my pants are just starting to fit better and that trumped the redo. But there are a thousand flourless chocolate cakes and ice cream to be had out there this week in the blogosphere. Go check out all the other Daring Bakers and get ready to drool. I had a preview of the showing and it was all delicious.

The February 2009 challenge is hosted by Wendy of WMPE's blog and Dharm of Dad ~ Baker & Chef.
We have chosen a Chocolate Valentino cake by Chef Wan; a Vanilla Ice Cream recipe from Dharm and a Vanilla Ice Cream recipe from Wendy as the challenge.

Chocolate Valentino

Preparation Time: 20 minutes
16 ounces (1 pound) of semisweet chocolate, roughly chopped
½ cup (1 stick) plus 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter
5 large eggs separated

1. Put chocolate and butter in a heatproof bowl and set over a pan of simmering water (the bottom of the bowl should not touch the water) and melt, stirring often.

2. While your chocolate butter mixture is cooling. Butter your pan and line with a parchment circle then butter the parchment.

3. Separate the egg yolks from the egg whites and put into two medium/large bowls.

4. Whip the egg whites in a medium/large grease free bowl until stiff peaks are formed (do not over-whip or the cake will be dry).

5. With the same beater beat the egg yolks together.

6. Add the egg yolks to the cooled chocolate.

7. Fold in 1/3 of the egg whites into the chocolate mixture and follow with remaining 2/3rds. Fold until no white remains without deflating the batter. {link of folding demonstration}

8. Pour batter into prepared pan, the batter should fill the pan 3/4 of the way full, and bake at 375F/190C

9. Bake for 25 minutes or until an instant read thermometer reads 140F/60C.

Note – If you do not have an instant read thermometer, the top of the cake will look similar to a brownie and a cake tester will appear wet.

10. Cool cake on a rack for 10 minutes then unmold.

Wendy's Ice Cream Recipe
Vanilla Philadelphia Style Recipe
Preparation Time: 5 minutes

2 cups (473 ml) of half and half (1 cup of heavy cream and 1 cup of whole, full fat milk)
1 cup (237 ml) heavy cream
2/3 (128 grams) cup sugar
Dash of salt
1 (12 grams) tablespoon of vanilla(I used a vanilla bean, scraped, and the extract)

Mix all ingredients together
Mix in your ice cream maker as directed.

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Anonymous Dana McCauley said...

Computer troubles - what a drag! Sorry you were the victim of techno gremlins. I'll look forward to seeing your pictures next month when we do a new challenge. : )

February 28, 2009 at 9:49 AM  
Blogger Mary said...

oh no! I would have burst into tears on the spot! (And I would be in a panic because I LOVE the my farm application on facebook and all I could envision would be ruined crops!) And I figured out the WW points for each little cake I ate and there would be no way I could do it twice either! I'm glad you enjoyed them though!

February 28, 2009 at 10:00 AM  
Blogger Barbara Bakes said...

I can relate to the computer problems. My computer stopped working last month and they wanted two weeks to fix it. How can a person be without their computer for two weeks. I went to the library every day to check emails and facebook. What a gorgeous pan. I'll look forward to the picturs!

February 28, 2009 at 10:01 AM  
Blogger Patsyk said...

I would have been a mess if that had happened to me. Hope the computer doctor has it up and running with all the missing photos, etc. soon!

February 28, 2009 at 10:02 AM  
Blogger Teresa Cordero Cordell said...

Megan, what a catastrophy! I know, it's happened to me. That's when I really started backing up files. Our blogs and our files on the computer become such a big part of who we are, when it crashes it's like losing a limb. But don't fret my friend, all will be fine. The recipes sounds absolutely delicious. :)

February 28, 2009 at 10:46 AM  
Blogger glamah16 said...

I dont trust all those Facebook applications. I want that pan! I can just imagine it was a hit.

February 28, 2009 at 11:43 AM  
Anonymous marye said...

Aw Megan, I know it was beautiful! The rose shape was brilliant

February 28, 2009 at 1:45 PM  
Anonymous noble pig said...

That is such a drag...I've been there recently!

Sorry you were sick too!

February 28, 2009 at 2:55 PM  
Blogger Sara said...

I'm so sorry about the computer disaster! *hugs*

Glad the cake was tasty, though!

February 28, 2009 at 3:38 PM  
Anonymous Karen said...

Megan, I am so sorry! First to be so sick and then have your computer crash. I hope those pictures and feeds can be saved.

February 28, 2009 at 4:29 PM  
Blogger Reeni♥ said...

I'm so sorry! You handled it the opposite of me. I would of yelled and hit the computer or something. I hope they get all your stuff back and that your feeling better.

February 28, 2009 at 5:04 PM  
OpenID culinography said...

Oh no! Not the computer! :( Hope all is well soon.

March 1, 2009 at 9:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Megan,Love, I taught school for 32 years and granted, it was only the little ones buttt girl you need to write a book!! Your style is refreshing to say the least.Your loving sis in law, Lydia and yes Will is home and doing well. 5lbs now and this is a lot to do with all the prayer chains he was on!!!

March 1, 2009 at 11:55 AM  
Blogger April said...

Still no laptop? do we have a prognosis on it yet?

March 2, 2009 at 5:49 AM  
Blogger stephchows said...

OH NO!!!!! That is the absolute worst :( Hopefully the computer guys can salvage your hard drive and recover your files :( technology can be such a hassle :(

March 2, 2009 at 7:13 AM  
Blogger Gloria Chadwick said...

So sorry to hear about your computer. :( Hope he/she/it is feeling better soon. Is a computer a boy, a girl, or an it? Why don't you come over to my San Antonio blog for a Fiesta breakfast and coffee? It might make you feel better. :) Hugs.

March 2, 2009 at 9:07 AM  
Blogger breadchick said...

I hate computer problems...especially when they take my food pictures away.

March 2, 2009 at 5:20 PM  
Blogger Laurie said...

Oh Megan, I'm so sorry about your computer!!! And your lost photos, etc. (I can't even list it all - it's just too upsetting.)

What a double whammy after being sick on Valentine's Day!

I hope things get better VERY soon.

March 2, 2009 at 6:06 PM  
Blogger Jo said...

Oh dear what a shame. I've been there before but in any case, thumbs up for the effort.

March 3, 2009 at 10:01 AM  
Blogger The Blonde Duck said...

You poor thing! I'll mail some pie over STAT! You're in critical pie condition!

March 3, 2009 at 4:04 PM  
Blogger HoneyB said...

Oh Megan! I hope you have gotten your laptop back by now!!

March 6, 2009 at 4:52 PM  

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