Flourless chocolate, chestnut & rosemary cake
- August 2020
- Serves 8–10.
- Hands-on time 10 minutes, plus 2 hours cooling. Oven time 45 minutes.
We are lucky to be able to share Skye McAlpine’s chocolate and chestnut cake recipe from her new cookbook A Table For Friends: the Art of Cooking for Two or Twenty (around £26, Bloomsbury). It’s made with ground almonds not flour, which makes it gluten-free. It’ll also keep in a tin for a couple of days, meaning you could make it in advance for afternoon tea.
Skye says: “Chocolate cake is often dry and, in spite of its dark, sumptuous appearance, rather disappointing to eat. This, however, chic-ly dusted in a cloud of icing sugar, is the ideal balance of velvety chestnut and rich, fudgey chocolate.”
- 8.0g (1.6g saturated)
- 21.2 (12.2g sugars)
Use cans of sweetened chestnut purée for ease and convenience. If you can’t find it, feel free to use the unsweetened variety readily available in British supermarkets: use 400g, whisking it lightly with 100g icing sugar, until smooth, before you begin.
As rosemary sprigs vary so much in size and the herb has such a powerful flavour, we recommend using the leaves from one sprig the first time you make this cake so you can judge how much you like it and decide whether to increase or decrease the amount next time. When folding in the whipped egg whites, we found it easiest to add a large spoonful first to loosen the mixture, followed by the rest. We served the cake slightly warm, with a dollop of clotted cream.
The cake will keep well in an airtight tin for up to two days.
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