“The measuring and mixing always smoothed out her thinking processes – nothing was as calming as creaming butter – and when the kitchen was warm from the oven overheating and the smell of baking chocolate, she took final stock of where she’d been and where she was going. Everything was fine.”
Don’t you just love those rare, quiet, perfect moments when there are no plans, there’s nothing to stress about and you have the entire day to yourself? Me too. Barefoot Mondays…
There was a chill in the air, making it increasingly more difficult to get out of bed, early at that, but I wanted to bake Barefoot Contessa’s exotic and exciting, Chocolate Cassis Cake…in my pajamas, with the heat on and a cup of coffee.
Chocolate chunks and butter transformed into smooth and beautiful chocolate sauce over a double boiler. As if this match made in heaven didn’t smell amazing enough, vanilla extract and Creme de Cassis…well you have to smell it to believe it. I felt the calm come over me.
I preheated the oven and cocoa dusted the pan. I whipped the eggs and sugar until light and fluffy and carefully folded in the chocolate, poured the mixture into the parchment lined, baking spray, well, sprayed springform pan and placed the cake-to-be into the oven and thought how baking to me, is the perfect waste of time.
While the cake baked and the smell of warm chocolate spread throughout, instead of turning on the TV or going on my iphone to pass the time, I read pages from Julia Child’s “Mastering the Art of French Cooking”, jotting down recipes and sipping my coffee. Before I knew it, the oven timer beeped and the cake looked surprisingly, okay! I could hear Ina saying “How easy was that?!” Channelling Ina Garten like Julie Powell with Julia Child.
“No one who cooks, cooks alone. Even at her most solitary, a cook in the kitchen is surrounded by generations of cooks past, the advice and menus of cooks present, the wisdom of cookbook writers.”
I combined chocolate and heavy cream over a very hot double boiler and not so calmly, nearly burnt the fingerprints right off my pointer and thumb fingers. I knew that was going too well…so close! Like a Chopped contestant with a bloody finger hidden in a glove, I poured cassis into the glaze, poured it over the cake, topping it with sugar and cassis macerated strawberries and raspberries and snapped a quick photo just in time for the numbness to subside and the burning sensation to begin.
This cake better be good, Ina! Just kidding, I’m sure it is!
…and it was!
You can find this incredibly delicious, flourless chocolate cassis cake in Barefoot Contessa Foolproof Recipes you can Trust
Or on her website,
Chocolate Cassis Cake – Barefoot Contessa
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Garten, Ina. “Chocolate Cassis Cake” Recipe. Barefoot Contessa Foolproof: Recipes you can trust. New York: Clarkson Potter/Publishers, 2012. p.205. Print.