While the chocolate hazelnut Nutella
cake is cooling
And our traditional Christmas Eve fondue Bourguignon is awaiting…with umpteen delectable sauces
I thought I would gift you with the most wonderful recipe.
It truly tastes like it is from a European Bakery
Fine chocolate, cognac, hazelnuts…
D I V I N E
Nutella Cake with Chocolate Hazelnut Ganache
Adapted from Nigella Lawson
6 large eggs, separated
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 13-ounce container Nutella
1 tablespoon cognac or brandy
1/2 cup finely ground hazelnuts
4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, melted and
4 ounces whole hazelnuts
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon cognac
4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate
Preheat oven to 350 degrees; butter a 9-inch springform pan. In a large bowl (preferably metal),
whisk the egg whites and salt until stiff. In another bowl, cream the butter and Nutella, then add
the cognac, egg yolks, and ground hazelnuts. Fold in melted chocolate.
Add a blob of beaten egg whites to the chocolate batter, and mix gently until well-combined. Fold in the remaining whites, one-third at a time, very gently but thoroughly. Pour into springform and bake for 40 minutes. Test for doneness by inserting tester, which should come out mostly clean; lightly pressing finger into top to check for a slight bouncing-back; and observing edges beginning to separate from pan. Let cool completely, in pan, on a rack.
Toast the hazelnuts in a dry skillet, or toaster oven shaking them around frequently. Do it for about 4 minutes, or until they are lightly browned, then let cool completely. If hazelnuts came with skins on, put them in a towel after toasting and rub around; this will remove most of the skins.
Chop chocolate, and add to sauce pan with half and half and booze over medium-low heat. Once chocolate is melted and components are combined, whisk until mixture reaches desired thickness, then cool. Remove rim of cake pan and pour cooled ganache over, spreading lightly to create a smooth, shiny surface, and apply hazelnuts all over.
Rich and heavenly…what Christmas is all about!
To all of my blog readers and friends.May your
Christmas or Hanukkah include some chocolate
and LOTS of LOVE.
Last two images from google…mine is not ready to pour the ganache on yet...slurp.