Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Reine de Saba - Just the Recipe

I made this delicious cake last year for Valentine's Day but I didn't post the recipe so here it for this Valentine.
Happy Valentine's Day!

Reine de Saba
Mastering the Art of French Cooking by Julia Child

For the cake:

4 ounces or squares semisweet chocolate melted with 2 Tbsp. rum or coffee

1/4 lb. or 1 stick softened butter

2/3 cup granulated sugar

3 egg yolks

3 egg whites

Pinch of salt

1 Tbsp. granulated sugar

2/3 cup pulverized almonds

1/4 tsp. almond extract

1/2 cup cake flour (scooped and leveled) turned into a sifter

For the Icing:

2 ounces (2 squares) semisweet baking chocolate

2 Tbsp. rum or coffee

5 to 6 Tbsp. unsalted butter

For the Cake:

Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C).

Butter and flour the cake pan. Set the chocolate and rum or coffee in a small pan, cover, and place (off heat) in a larger pan of almost simmering water; let melt while you proceed with the recipe. Measure out the rest of the ingredients. Cream the butter and sugar together for several minutes until they form a pale yellow, fluffy mixture. Beat in the egg yolks until well blended.
Beat the egg whites and salt in a separate bowl until soft peaks are formed; sprinkle on the sugar and beat until stiff peaks are formed.

With a rubber spatula, blend the melted chocolate into the butter and sugar mixture, then stir in almonds, and almond extract. Immediately stir one fourth of the beaten egg whites to lighten the batter. Delicately fold in a third of the remaining whites and when partially blended, sift on one third of the flour and continue folding. Alternate rapidly with more egg whites and more flour until all egg whites and flour are incorporated.

Turn the batter into the cake pan, pushing the batter up to its rim with a rubber spatula. Bake in middle level of preheated oven for about 25 minutes. Cake is done when it has puffed, and 2-1/2 to 3 inches around the circumference are set so that a needle plunged into that area comes out clean; the center should move slightly if the pan is shaken, and a needle comes out oily.
Allow cake to cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Run knife around the edge of the pan, and reverse cake on the rack. Allow it to cool for an hour or two; it must be thoroughly cold if it is to be iced.
For the Icing:

Place the chocolate and rum or coffee in the small pan, cover, and set in the larger pan of almost simmering water. Remove pans from heat and let chocolate melt for 5 minutes or so, until perfectly smooth. Lift chocolate pan out of the hot water, and beat in the butter a tablespoon at a time. Then beat over the ice and water until chocolate mixture has cooled to spreading consistency. At once spread it over your cake with spatula or knife, and press a design of almonds over the icing.

Yield: For an 8-inch cake serving 6 to 8 people


Tamy said...

Ohh, looks yummy and beautiful!!

doughadear said...

Thank you Tamy!

Sandra said...

Wow! Is there anything you can't tackle? Looks delicious-- bet it was really tasty.

doughadear said...

You are giving me far too much credit. This cake is very easy to make and the icing is incredible.

breadbasketcase said...

It looks beautiful--and perfect for Valentine's Day!

doughadear said...

Thank you. The subtle flavour of almonds and the rich chocolate make this cake special.

Chiara said...

ha un aspetto favoloso Oriana!Bellissima ricetta! un bacione

doughadear said...

Ciao Chiara
Che bello a ricevere un messaggio da te. Buona giornata, un bacio.

Ruth Rivera said...

omg! this look so delicious.

doughadear said...

Thanks Ruth, it really is quite good.

alana said...

That looks so good,and I'm sure its well liked by company.

doughadear said...

Thank you and it is a wonderful cake to serve if you are having company.