I spent most of the weekend cooking, drinking and gossiping so no actual reading but I feel quite evangelical about the chocolate cake I made – recipe from ‘River Cottage every day’. As the divine Hugh points out everybody needs a little black cake in their repertoire and this is his. I thought it was going to be almost identical to a Nigel Slater version, but with apologies to Mr Slater I think this cake is better, probably because there’s so much butter and chocolate that even Nigella might think twice...
Hugh Fearnley–Whittingstall’s Easy Rich Chocolate Cake
250g dark chocolate broken into chunks
250g unsalted butter
Line the base of a 23cm springform tin with baking parchment
Melt the butter and chocolate together in a thick bottomed pan on a very low heat. Stir from time to time and cool slightly.
Pre heat the oven to 170°c / gas 3
Meanwhile mix the egg yolks and sugar together until thick and smooth, stir in the melted chocolate and butter and add the flour and nuts.
In a separate bowl whisk the egg whites to stiff peaks, add 1 spoon of egg to the chocolate mix and fold in, then add the rest of the egg white folding carefully with a large metal spoon trying to keep the mix as light and airy as possible.
Poor the mix into the tin and bake for 30 mins until only just set – the middle of the cake should have a very appealing wobbly fudgy texture – let it cool for 10 to 15 mins before release from the tin and then prepare to enjoy...