02 March 2008
Sunday Baking - Red wine chocolate cake
This week, my Sunday baking recipe is adapted from another cooking blog that I enjoy reading. Seeing as I had a bit of wine left at the bottom of the bottle today, I tested Johanna's red wine chocolate cake (with my own touch) and was extremely happy with the results.
Pour mes lecteurs français, je vous encourage à explorer le site de Johanna : Je suis pas une courge ("le blog de tous ceux qui ne savent pas encore qu'ils savent cuisiner"), et plus particulièrement à tester son gâteau moelleux au vin rouge et à la cannelle. Je l'ai fait avec 4 c.s. de cacao et d'eau chaude, et j'ai saupoudré de sucre glace ! Un vrai régal.
This cake is sinfully easy to make, and doesn't require hard-to-find ingredients (especially now that I've adapted it for stuff you find in America). It comes together in 10 minute (15 max) and cooks for 20-30. No sooner you decide you MUST have it, than it's practically made! Perfect for those gray sick-of-winter days in March: wine cake, a nice cup of tea or coffee, a book.... sigh.
-1 cup salted butter
-1/2 cup sugar
-1/4 brown sugar lightly packed
(Note : she uses a type of granulated brown sugar called 'cassonade' -- see photo -- I propose a mix of white and brown to get the same taste and consistency in the US, but you can look for caster sugar if you like)
-1 tsp vanilla extract
-1 1/3 cup flour
-2 tsp baking powder
-1/2 cup red wine (she says go ahead and use the cheap stuff -- although she's talking about cheap French wine...which is not so cheap in America ;-) so it's up to you)
-1 tsp cinnamon
-4 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa diluted in 4 Tbsp hot water
1. Preheat the oven to 325F.
2. Melt the butter (on the stove on low heat or in the microwave)
3. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, sugar and vanilla extract until you get a small layer of foam on top.
4. "Dump" all the other ingredients on top (as Johanna would say) - including the melted butter.
5. Mix until smooth and pour into a greased cake pan. You can use whatever fun mold you're partial to. I simply used an 8X8 square baking dish -- AND I forgot to grease it, but it came out fine.
6. Cook at 325F for 25-30 min: top a bit crunchy, and the middle, nice and spongy.
I sprinkled the cake with powdered sugar when serving, which was yummy. :-) Happy baking.