Ingredients Jump to Instructions ↓

  1. 2 sticks (1/2 pound) unsalted butter

  2. 6 ounces semisweet chocolate, cut into pieces

  3. 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate

  4. 5 large eggs, seperated, plus

  5. 3 large egg yolks

  6. 1 cup plus 2 1/2 tablespoons granulated sugar

  7. 1 1/2 pints raspberries

  8. 2 tablespoons fruit liqueur

  9. About 1 tablespoon confectioners' sugar

  10. Mint sprigs, for garnish

Instructions Jump to Ingredients ↑

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Butter an 8-inch springform pan and set it on a baking sheet.

  2. In a bowl set over a saucepan with 1 inch of simmering water, combine the butter with the semisweet and unsweetened chocolate. Stir until the chocolate is melted, about 6 minutes; let cool.

  3. In a medium bowl, beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form. In another bowl, beat 1 cup of the granulated sugar with egg yolks, then stir in half of the egg whites. Using a spatula, fold in the remaining egg whites.

  4. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 50 minutes, or until the cake is well risen and cracked in a few places. Transfer to a rack and let stand for 10 minutes. Run a knife between the side of the pan and the cake, them remove the side and let the cake cool completely.

  5. In a food processor, puree 1 pint of the raspberries with the remaining 2½ tablespoons of granulated sugar and the liqueur; strain to remove the seeds.

  6. Cut a heart-shaped template from a piece of stiff paper large enough to cover the cake. Place the outside of the template on the cake and sift the confectioners' sugar over the top; carefully remove the template. Run a knife under the cake and transfer it to a cake plate. Alternatively, cut the cake into wedges and serve on individual plates. Garnish with the mint, the remaining 1/2 pint of raspberries and the raspberry sauce. Pass the additional raspberry sauce on the side.

  7. Make Ahead: The cake and sauce can be refrigerated for up to 1 day. Serve cold or at room temperature.

  8. Wine: 1988 Chateay Rieussec Sauternes


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