Monday, 28 September 2015

Messy chocolate cake with caramelized walnuts and figs

Chicken soup for lunch....as we are still being sick. Nothing against chicken soup you will say and I would gladly agree and still somehow I felt sorry for us and came up with this messy chocolate cake...messy mainly because I am still not 100% and did not pay that much attention to have the cake being tidy.

I mainly made sure to have enough chocolate inside and outside of the cake...to provide us some comfort and give us some energy back. Not being able to go for some grocery shopping I needed to improvise, by using what we had home. I still had some figs and walnuts left, chocolate, eggs, butter and flour is something I am always having home and so a messy chocolate cake with caramelized walnuts and figs has been created...



Messy chocolate cake with caramelized walnuts and figs
(for 15 cm round baking form)
  • 80 g dark chocolate
  • 80 g butter
  • 50 g brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 120 g flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • pinch of salt
Preheat the oven to 180 C. Grease and line your baking form. In a saucepan melt chocolate and butter together (medium heat, do not let the mixture cook). Take the pan from the heat and add the sugar. Then add the eggs, one at the time and mix everything together. Finally add the sifted flour and baking powder, mix till all combined. Pour the batter into the baking dish and bake for 25-30 minutes. Meanwhile prepare the lemon-honey sirup...
  • juice of half a lemon
  • 3 tablespoons of sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of honey
Heat everything up in a saucepan till all the sugar is dissolved, take it from the heat and let it cool. If the mixtures becomes too sticky, add some water to it... Take the cake out of the oven and pinch couple of times with a wooden stick. Pour the lemon-honey syrup over the hot cake, while still being in the baking form. Let it rest till all the syrup is soaked into the cake. Start preparing the chocolate glace...
  • 100 g dark chocolate
  • 50 ml double cream
Cut the chocolate in chunks. Heat up the double cream and add the chocolate chunks to it. Let is stay for 5 minutes, then start stirring till all well combined. Add a small dollop of butter to make the chocolate glaze be shiny.
  • 4-5 figs
  • handful walnuts
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • pinch of cinnamon
  • a dollop of butter
Wash and half the figs. Sprinckle sugar and cinnamon into a frying pan, put it on medium heat and wait till the sugar starts to melt. Add a dollop of butter, walnuts and figs. Swing the pan slightly making sure the caramel is covering the walnuts and figs.

Pour the chocolate glaze over the cake and decorate with caramelised walnuts and figs.....





Enjoy!
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