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@ 2008-05-04 10:59:00
|Entry tags:||course: desserts, fandom: baccano!|
Baccano!: Cure-all Chocolate Loaf Cake
reposted from my journal ;3;
Cure-all Chocolate Loaf Cake
1 cup soft unsalted butter
1 2/3 cups dark brown sugar
2 large eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 ounces quality bittersweet chocolate, melted
1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup plus 2 tablespoon boiling water
9x5 inch loaf pan
one of those fancy alchemical circles you people are so fond of (optional)
For those desiring a dense, powerful chocolate cake, this is what you seek. I suppose you'll blame me if it turns out to be more than you expected? – well, alright.
Begin your preparations. People take this so seriously, so I'm sure you'll be meticulous. Preheat your oven to 375. Grease and line your pan, set it aside. A summoning chant is not required; they're really nothing more than complaints anyway.
Melt your chocolate, though you can do this while other things are happening. (You can melt your chocolate in a double boiler, or by the charming homemade method of a glass bowl in a frying pan of water – the water shouldn't boil. Watch this carefully, too.)
Cream the butter and sugar together, by hand if you're a traditionalist, or, if you favor the new century -- well, alright. An electric mixer will do. Add the eggs and vanilla, beating in well. Next, fold in the melted chocolate – it should be slightly cool by now. Blend well, but don't over blend. There's a difference between combined and fully integrated, as centuries of watching you people will show.
Boil some water. Find another way to entertain yourself in the meantime. Measure out your flour; add the baking soda to it.
Once your water has boiled, add it one spoonful at a time to your batter, alternating with the flour mixture. Mix well. At the end, it should be smooth and fairly liquid.
Pour it into the pan and put it in the oven. Let it alone for 30 minutes, watching carefully (I suggest watching via the glass door and oven light – these things are touchy, and you wouldn't want to upset it by alerting it to your presence). Turn the oven down to 325 and allow it 15 more minutes. Don't be upset if it looks too wet in the middle – I know what you're thinking, but that is how it's supposed to turn out, so don't bother to say it doesn't look done.
Take the pan out of the oven and place it on a rack, then leave it alone for as long as you can stand. At least wait until it has cooled completely before you turn it out, but if you wanted to leave it alone for a full day, things might only get more interesting. If it falls in the middle while cooling – well, alright.
Serves 8-10, but be generous; there should be enough for everyone in the room.
Eats wonderfully by itself, but if you wanted to try it with vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, rum custard, or a dessert liquor – well, alright. Allow me to lay out some rules for you: if you ever get tired of eating and wish to stop, simply turn to one of your friends and have them take your plate with their right hand, thinking "I want to eat." Likewise, if they wish to give some of their cake to you, place your right hand on the edge of their plate and pull it towards you.
Oh, one final thing: If your guests wish to know how to make this Cure-all loaf -- Well. They should ask the one who gave it to them.