A cookbook dedicated to the recipes that book clubs make when discussing favorite books? I now think I have seen it all. But at the same time I am thinking to myself, “why didn’t I think of that?”. Neat concept and some fun recipes. I really wanted to make the Treacle Tart inspired by the reading of “Harry Potter”, but I didn’t know where to get golden syrup. I did find out that treacle stands for dark molasses for those of you with curious minds like mine. Instead I had to suffer through making the Death By Chocolate inspired by “The Da Vinci Code” by Dan Brown. I will just say that this cake is so good I can hear it calling my name right now…..shhhh….can you hear that too? I did send a friend a text last night asking for her to come and get it out of my house. Just be warned that if you make it…..make sure you have enough people there to finish the whole thing. My other suggestions would be to either drink it with a cold glass of milk or a nice glass of dark red wine. I opted for the wine as I am not a milk drinker, but I almost became a milk drinker as this cake is so rich.
The cookbook itself has no pictures. However, I am a lover of books, so I actually like the premise of the cookbook. It got me thinking what dish would I make for the current book that I am reading. Well, now I am reading a bunch of nonfiction books, so those don’t count. The most recent book of fiction that I read was “Committed” by Elizabeth Gilbert. That book would inspire me to make something tropical as she spent many months while writing that book in warm humid locals. What book are you reading right now and would it inspire you to make something?
How easy is this cake to make? Very easy as my husband made it. Seriously he did not have many issues making the cake. He did have problems creating a double boiler. I came to the rescue and shared with him my neat trick of putting the chocolate in the microwave for 30 seconds and melting it a bit and stirring until it becomes all melted. The heat from the melted chocolate will transfer to the rest of the chocolate helping it to melt. I am sure he appreciated this trick!
Death By Chocolate, page 87
For the Cake:
- 8 ounces dark chocolate
- 5/8 cup (1 1/4 sticks) butter
- 4 eggs
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup sour cream
For the Frosting:
- 2/3 cup heavy cream
- 9 ounces dark chocolate, chopped
- Preheat oven to 350 degree. Butter a 9 inch square pan, dust with flour, and tap out excess.
- To mae the cake: In the top of a double boiler or in a small saucepan set in boiling water, melt the chocolate and butter together. Set aside.
- With an electric mixer, beat together the eggs and sugar. Mix in the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and vanilla. Gently fold in the melted butter and chocolate, and the sour cream.
- Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted int he center comes out clean. Allow to cool.
- To make the frosting: Heat the cream in a small saucepan. Add the chocolate and stir until the chocolate is completely melted and the mixture is smooth.
- Remove the cooled cake from the pan. Pour frosting over cake and spread to even out. Serve at room temperature.
To Joy, Simplified Living,