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Valrhona Flourless Chocolate Cake

Valrhona Flourless Chocolate Cake

Prep Time: 1 hour
Resting Time: 12 hours
Servings: 1 8" Cake

Ingredients

Cake Batter

Whipped Ganache

Instructions

Chocolate Cake

  • Butter the cake pan and line the bottom with a parchment round. Butter the top of the parchment and set aside.
  • Melt the chocolate in the microwave by heating in 20-second increments, stirring in between until fully melted. Add the softened butter and mix to combine. The mixture should be creamy and the butter should not be melted.
  • Combine the sugar, salt, and cornstarch, whisk into the chocolate mixture.
  • Add the room temperature eggs and vanilla extract, then whisk again.
  • Finish by adding the COCOA POWDER, mixing with a spatula until smooth.
  • Bake at 375°F (191°C) for 25-30 minutes, or until a cake tester comes out clean. Remove from oven and set aside to cool. While still warm, invert onto a serving dish and continue to cool.

Whipped Ganache

  • Heat the first quantity of heavy cream with the honey. Bring to just under a boil.
  • Melt the chocolate in the microwave by heating in 20-minute increments, stirring in between until fully melted. Slowly add the hot liquid over the melted chocolate in several additions, mixing well before adding more liquid.
  • Once all the hot liquid is incorporated, blend with an immersion blender or electric mixer.
  • Add the second quantity of cream (cold) all at once to the chocolate ganache and blend again with an immersion blender or electric mixer.
  • Pour into a shallow container and place plastic film directly on the surface. Refrigerate for a minimum of 12 hours or overnight.

Assembly

  • Once the cake is cooled and the whipped ganache has chilled overnight, place the ganache in a mixing bowl and whisk to medium soft peaks. Do not over whip. Spread the whipped ganache on top of the cake and finish with fresh blackberries and blueberries. Enjoy at room temperature and refrigerate any unused portions.

Ghirardelli White Chocolate Cheesecake

Ghirardelli White Chocolate Berry Cheesecake

Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 20 minutes

Ingredients

Graham Cracker Crust

  • 2 cups Graham Cracker Crumbs From 12 Double Graham Crackers
  • 8 tbsp Unsalted Butter Melted
  • 1/3 cup Sugar

Cheesecake Filling

  • 8 oz Ghirardelli White Chocolate Baking Bar Two Full Bars, broken into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1/3 cup Boiling Water
  • 32 oz Cream Cheese Four containers, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup Sugar
  • 1 tbsp Vanilla Extract
  • 3 Large Eggs At Room Temperature
  • 1/4 tsp Salt

Berry Topping

  • 5 1/3 cups Fresh Raspberries Or other berries
  • 1/4 cup Sugar
  • 2 tsp Cornstarch

Instructions

Graham Cracker Crust

  • Position the oven to 350°F with a rack just below center.
  • In a medium bowl, mix the butter, graham cracker crumbs, and sugar until blended.
  • Press the mixture firmly and evenly over the bottom of an ungreased 9-inch spring form pan. Set the pan on a baking sheet and bake the crust 12 to 15 minutes, until golden brown.
  • Set the pan and baking sheet on a rack to cool. When cool enough to handle, grease the sides of the pan above the crust and set aside.

Cheesecake Filling

  • Reduce the oven temperature to 300°F.
  • Put the chocolate in a medium bowl.
  • Pour boiling water over the chocolate and shake the bowl to submerge the chocolate. Cover and let stand for 2 minutes without stirring.
  • Whisk the chocolate and water until thoroughly blended and smooth. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese just until smooth, about 45 seconds.
  • Add the sugar, vanilla, and salt, and beat just until smooth (about one and one-half minutes), scraping the bowl and beaters once or twice.
  • Beat the eggs in one at a time, just until blended.
  • Use a rubber spatula to stir the melted chocolate thoroughly into the filling.
  • Scrape the filling on top of the crust and spread it evenly.
  • Bake the cake, on the baking sheet, for 60 to 70 minutes, until edges of the cake are puffed but the center still jiggles like tender gelatin when the pan is gently shaken.
  • Set the pan on a rack. Slide a thin paring knife carefully around the upper edges of the cake to detach it from the pan, but do not remove the pan sides.
  • When the cake is cool, loosen the sides of the pan but do not remove them.
  • Refrigerate the cake until it is thoroughly cold, before covering it with plastic wrap.
  • For the best flavor, keep the cake refrigerated for at least 8 hours, preferably 24 to 36 hours before topping and serving

Topping

  • Puree half of the raspberries (2 2/3 cups) with the sugar in a blender or food processor.
  • Strain the puree through a medium mesh strainer to remove the seeds, stirring and pressing on the solids to extract as much puree as possible.
  • Measure puree and add water if necessary to make 1 cup.
  • Whisk the cornstarch into the puree in a small non-reactive saucepan.
  • Bring the mixture to a simmer over medium high heat, stirring constantly.
  • Simmer 1 1/2 to 2 minutes, stirring constantly, until the puree is thickened and brighter in color. Set aside.
  • Uncover and remove the sides of the cake pan. If the top of the cake is moist, blot it with a dry paper towel.
  • Scrape the hot topping on the cold cake and spread it evenly.
  • Refrigerate the cake for at least an hour to set the topping.
  • Arrange the remaining raspberries on top of the cake.

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