Apple Hazelnut Chocolate Cake

NUTS! IN YOUR MOUTH!
Posted on 02/05/2009 by jesuisjill
Apple Hazelnut Chocolate Cake (Close-Up)

Apple Hazelnut Chocolate Cake (Full)

Apple Hazelnut Chocolate Cake (Sliced)


From Apple Pie, Patis, & Pâté
1 to 2 Tart and crisp apples (I used 1 large Granny Smith)
1/3 cup Hazelnuts, chopped
8.8 oz. Bittersweet chocolate, chopped (I used valor 70%)
2/3 cup Heavy whipping cream
3 Eggs, separated
4 tsp Cornstarch
3 tbsp Honey
* Confectioner's sugar & ground cinnamon (For dusting)

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F / 190°C
  2. Prepare an 8-inch or 9-inch springform pan. (at least 2 inches deep) Use nonstick spray or softened butter to great the bottom and sides of the springform pan.
  3. Peel, corn, and slice the apples into ½-inch dice and set aside.
  4. In a small saucepan, bring the heavy cream to a boil.
  5. Pour the heavy cream over the chopped chocolate and let cool for about a minute. (I mixed it like mad here, I wanted a smooth ganache to form before it cooled.)
  6. Using a rubber spatula, slowly mix in the egg yolks and cornstarch, until thoroughly incorporated. The mixture will be smooth and slightly thick.
  7. In a separate bowl, add the honey to the egg whites, and whip to soft peaks.
  8. Using a whisk, add about 1/3 of the whipped egg whites to the chocolate mixture to lighten.
  9. Using a rubber spatula, gently fold in the remaining whipped egg whites in two batches, taking care to avoid over-mixing. White streaks of egg white should still be visible in the chocolate.
  10. Deposit the batter into the greased springform pan.
  11. Top with the chopped apples and hazelnuts, then dush lightly with confectioner's sugar and ground cinnamon.
  12. Place the springform pan on a cookie sheet, or sheet pan, and bake immediately for 25 to 35 minutes or until a wooden skewer inserted to the middle of the cake comes out clean.
  13. Let the cake cool in the springform pan for at least 15 minutes before unmolding.
solo_seven 5th-Feb-2009 09:03 pm (UTC)
OMG, that looks absolutely delicious.
jesuisjill 12th-Feb-2009 03:16 am (UTC)
Thanks a bunch, it seemed to go over well. :)
lunameth 5th-Feb-2009 11:32 pm (UTC)
This looks REALLY good!
jesuisjill 12th-Feb-2009 03:16 am (UTC)
Thank you!
jawice24 5th-Feb-2009 11:34 pm (UTC)
wow, that looks so good
jesuisjill 12th-Feb-2009 03:16 am (UTC)
Thanks. :D
leftof_thedial 6th-Feb-2009 12:38 am (UTC)
I think I'm making this for my BF for valentines day :D
jesuisjill 12th-Feb-2009 03:16 am (UTC)
Absolutely go for it! It was really good. Fudge-y brownie type texture.
cosmicviolet 6th-Feb-2009 01:03 am (UTC)
Yum, that looks so good! I think I'm going to try this. :)
jesuisjill 12th-Feb-2009 03:17 am (UTC)
Definitely give it a shot. :)
vilepanda 6th-Feb-2009 02:34 am (UTC)
Mmmmmm.
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