Nutty Chocolate Loaf is suitable for kids from the age of 3, because of a possible egg white intolerance and presence of allergens: walnuts and almonds.
Make a loaf, gather with your beloved and honor this time of the year in piece. Have a blessed holiday you all!
Total Time: 2 hours + couple of hours sit of The Dough
150g of icing sugar, sifted
4 whole eggs, separated
A splash of rum
1 teaspoon of baking powder, sifted
A pinch of cloves and cinnamon, sifted
2 tablespoons of all-purpose flour, sifted
150g of ground walnutsThe Topping:
500g of double cream
1 package of vanilla sugar
100g of good quality chocolate, melted in a steam bath
2 handfuls of peeled almonds
First, place the icing sugar and 4 egg yolks into a large mixing bowl. Whisk on high speed until incorporated well, foamy and whiter, for about 4 minutes.
Next, stir in the rum, baking powder, cloves, cinnamon and flour.
In a medium metal bowl whisk 4 egg whites until you get firm peaks. Firstly on a low speed until running, then, increase the speed to the highest.
Then, start adding walnuts in 2 parts. Gradually add egg whites and mix with spatula. Mold and turn over, so you won’t beat all the air out of it.
Pour The Dough into a well-greased loaf tin (30cm x 10cm). I greased it with a knob of butter and little bit of flour.
Bake in the oven on 160 degrees for about 1 hour. Slowly until it gets golden, nicely risen and a wooden skewer comes clean from the middle.
Next, let it cool down on a rack and gently flip the cake out of the tin.
Once the loaf is chilled entirely, continue.
In a small mixing bowl place 400ml of double cream and start whisking on a low speed. Gradually add vanilla sugar and continue whisking on medium heat until snow peaks. Sit in the fridge until serving.
In a steam bath melt the chocolate. Reduce with double cream, few at a time until you get a beautiful shiny texture. Nor too liquid, nor too thick.
Pour the chocolate over the loaf and smoothen with a palette knife. Start on top, continue on sides until perfection.
Place in a cold place for about 10 minutes.
The final plating: stick almonds into the loaf, resembling a hedgehog. Have fun with it and be happy from the result. Refrigerate for couple of hours and serve with a dollop of whipped cream.
Makes 10 serves.