Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Chocolate and beer cake

Chocolate and beer cake / Bolo de chocolate e cerveja

Every time I discover something interesting about food I feel like sharing it with you here on the blog – to me it’s like establishing a conversation about it (though sometimes it feels like a monologue).
For instance, I have found out that Waitrose – which website is a great source of recipes like the apple marzipan rolls I made the other day – has a You Tube channel, too, full of recipe videos, and some of them are presented by Will Torrent (the boy being bossed around on James Martin’s videos). :)

I bought Torrent’s cookbook a couple of weeks ago and this amazing chocolate and beer cake, moist, tender and full of flavor, was the first recipe I tried from it; when I noticed that the recipe yielded only one loaf I decided to double it and bake two loaves at once – that proved to be a very wise decision. :) With such a great result I cannot wait to bake more from both his book and his videos, and I believe that the bakewell muffins will be next on my list.

Chocolate and beer cake
from the absolutely beautiful Patisserie at Home: Step-By-Step Recipes to Help You Master the Art of French Pastry

125g unsalted butter
½ cup (120ml) lager beer – I used Stella Artois
125g self-rising flour*
½ cup (45g) unsweetened cocoa powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
125g granulated sugar
75ml whole milk, room temperature
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
50g dark chocolate, in chips or chopped

Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F. Lightly butter a 1kg (2 pound) loaf pan, line it with baking paper and butter the paper as well
Put the butter and beer in a saucepan over a low heat until it melts. Cool for 5 minutes.
Sift together the flour, cocoa powder and baking soda in a mixing bowl and add the sugar, milk, egg, vanilla, chocolate pieces and melted butter mixture. Mix to combine.
Spoon the mixture into the prepared pan and bake for about 50 minutes. A skewer in the middle of the cake should come out clean and the top of the cake should bounce back slightly when prodded. Cool in the pan for 30 minutes, then carefully unmold. Cool completely over a wire rack, then carefully peel off the paper.
The cake can be served warm or at room temperature.

* as I usually do, I replaced the self-rising flour for a combination of all purpose flour, baking powder and salt; since I doubled the recipe I ended up using 250g all purpose flour + 1 ¾ teaspoons baking powder + 2 pinches of salt

Serves 6-8


Holiday Baker Man said...

Well you have done it. Beer & Chocolate.... Marry me?

Sil BsAs said...

Oh Patricia you're not alone!!!
We (I'm) are here waiting for your recipes and info like this! I'm a youtube super fan and did'n know this channel so I'm subscribed now...thanks! lovely loaf by the way...

Laura (Tutti Dolci) said...

What a rich and decadent cake, good move on doubling the recipe :).

Pris said...

As Holiday Baker Man said, "Beer & Chocolate..." Hard to go wrong there!
And I was just thinking of what to bake for coffee with friends tomorrow morning... :)

How many cups (roughly) would you say 125g of flour would be? I haven't got a scale here at home. :/

Patricia Scarpin said...

Hey, Pris - 1 cup flour = 140g. 1 tablespoon flour = 10g.

There is more info here, I hope it helps:


Patricia Scarpin said...

Sil, you're far too kind, sweetie! Thank you! <3

Pris said...

Thanks so much, Patricia!
I ended up somewhat winging it and baked the cake this afternoon.

Talk about perfection! It turned out wonderful; not too sweet, VERY nice and moist. It reminds me of those Duncan Hines Devil's Food cakes (one of my faves), with that rich, dark chocolately colour.

This recipe is just perfect. It doesn't even need icing or anything.

Patricia Scarpin said...

Pris, I'm so glad to hear the recipe worked for you!
Thank YOU for letting me know how the cake turned out!

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