Chocolate Squares / Čokoladne kocke

Do you have a desert for Valentine’s Day all figured out yet? No? Well, my friends, you are in luck. This cake is super tasty and juicy, but also really simple to make.

There are two ways you can go about it when it comes to ganache. You can either cool the base and the ganache completely or pour the warm ganache on a warm base. The first option will keep those two separated and the base will be more brownie-like, with a thick layer of ganache on top. The second option will yield a juicier cake as a good deal of ganache will soak right into the base. I actually prefer this method and result, but took photos of the first option. But whatever you choose to do, this cake is da bomb!

Since this desert is quite decadent and rich, I decided to bake it in a small pan. But feel free to double the recipe if you’re having a party or just want more chocolate in your life. Also, I’m super keen on a bit of saltiness, so a small pinch of fleur de sel will definitely seal the deal. Of course, you can skip this altogether, but you’ll definitely be missing out.

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INGREDIENTS:

(Yields 12 squares / 0.37 EUR per square / 4.45 EUR for all)

For the cake batter:

2 eggs (0.40 EUR)

Pinch of salt (0.01 EUR)

2 tbsp sugar (0.01 EUR)

1 tsp pure vanilla extract (0.03 EUR)

4 tbsp butter, melted (0.53 EUR)

50 grams dark chocolate, melted (0.53 EUR)

4 tbsp ground walnuts (0.27 EUR)

2 tbsp all-purpose flour (0.01 EUR)

¼ tsp baking powder (0.01 EUR)

For ganache:

1 cup heavy cream (1.00 EUR)

150 grams dark chocolate (1.60 EUR)

1 tbsp sugar (0.01 EUR)

Additional:

Butter for greasing the pan (0.03 EUR)

A pinch of fleur de sel for sprinkling (0.01 EUR)

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METHOD:

Preheat oven to 180°C. Grease a square baking pan with butter, line with parchment paper and set aside. Separate the egg whites and beat them with a pinch of salt for a few minutes, until firm peaks form.

In a separate bowl beat the yolks with sugar and vanilla. Mix in melted butter and chocolate, then add in walnuts, flour and baking powder and mix until uniform. Finally, gently fold in the egg whites and transfer the batter into a prepared pan. Even out the surface and bake for about 20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Just a small note – I used a heavy ceramic baking dish which took ages to warm up, so my cake took almost 30 minutes to bake. Lighter baking dish will mean shorter baking time.

While the base is baking, cook the heavy cream with dark chocolate and sugar on low heat, until the chocolate is fully melted, while stirring frequently. Once the chocolate is melted, immediately remove the heat.

Once the cake base is done and ganache is cooked, allow them both to cool down, all according to the cake options described above. Using a fork, make a few holes in the cake base. Then pour the ganache over base, sprinkle with fleur de sel and refrigerate for a few hours and best overnight, so the cake can set. Cut the cake into squares and serve on its own, or with a bit of whipped cream and some fresh berries.

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Jeste li već isplanirali desert za Valentinovo? Ne? Dragi moji, imate sreće. Ovaj kolač je jako sočan i ukusan, a ujedno i sasvim jednostavan za napraviti.

Što se tiče glazure, imate dvije opcije. Možete ili sasvim ohladiti biskvit i glazuru, prije nego ju izlijete na tortu, ili preko toplog biskvita preliti toplu glazuru. U prvoj opciji će glazura i biskvit biti odvojeni, a biskvit će poprilično podsjećati na brownije, sa debelim slojem glazure na vrhu. S drugom ćete opcijom dobiti sočniji kolač, a većina će se glazure upiti u biskvit. Osobno mi je ta opcija draža, iako sam fotkala onu prvu. No kako god da napravili, kolač je bomba!

Pošto je ovaj desert poprilično dekadentan i bogat, ja sam ga ispekla u maloj posudi. No slobodno poduplajte recept ako radite tulum ili jednostavno želite više čokolade u životu. Također, meni uz slatko paše i malo slanog, tako da je mali prstohvat cvijeta soli došao kao naručen. Naravno, vi to slobodno izostavite, ali doživljaj neće biti jednak.

SASTOJCI:

(Za 12 kocki / 2,78 kn po kocki / 33,34 kn za sve)

Za biskvit:

2 jaja (3,00 kn)

Prstohvat soli (0,01 kn)

2 žlice šećera (0,10 kn)

1 žličica ekstrakta od vanilije (0,20 kn)

4 žlice maslaca, rastopljene (4,00 kn)

50 g tamne čokolade, rastopljene (4,00 kn)

4 žlice mljevenih oraha (2,00 kn)

2 žlice glatkog brašna (0,10 kn)

¼ žličice praška za pecivo (0,03 kn)

Za glazuru:

1 šalica slatkog vrhnja (7,50 kn)

150 g tamne čokolade (12,00 kn)

1 žlica šećera (0,05 kn)

Dodatno:

Maslac za namastiti posudu (0,25 kn)

Prstohvat cvijeta soli za posipanje (0,10 kn)

PRIPREMA:

Zagrijte pećnicu na 180°C. Namastite četvrtasti protvan, obložite papirom za pečenje i stavite na stranu. Odvojite bjelanjke od žutanjaka, pa bjelanjke sa prstohvatom soli istucite u čvrsti snijeg.

U drugoj posudi dobro izmiksajte žutanjke sa šećerom i vanilijom. Umiješajte otopljene maslac i čokoladu, pa dodajte orahe, brašno i prašak za pecivo te miksajte dok ne bude jednolično. Za kraj nježno umiješajte snijeg od bjelanjaka, pa smjesu premjestite u pripremljeni protvan. Poravnajte biskvit i pecite oko 20 minuta, dok čačkalica umetnuta u biskvit ne bude čista. Samo mala napomena – ja sam pekla biskvit u teškoj keramičkoj posudi kojoj treba sto godina da se ugrije, pa mi se biskvit pekao skoro 30 minuta. Laganiji protvan znači da će se biskvit kraće peći.

Dok se biskvit peče, stavite slatko vrhnje, čokoladu i šećer na laganu vatru te kuhajte uz neprestano miješanje dok se čokolada skroz ne otopi. Maknite s vatre čim se čokolada rastopi.

Kada je biskvit pečen, a glazura spremna, pustite da se ohlade prema opcijama koje sam opisala u uvodu. Vilicom izbockajte rupice u biskvitu pa ga zalijte glazurom koju posipajte cvijetom soli. Stavite kolač u hladnjak na par sati, a najbolje preko noći, da se glazura stisne. Izrežite kolač na kocke i poslužite, ili samog za sebe, ili sa malo šlaga i svježeg bobičastog voća.

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Chocolate Squares / Čokoladne kocke

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