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Individual Chocolate Cakes With Fresh Raspberries
No matter how delicious a main course may be, a great dessert has a way of being the most memorable part of a meal. Perhaps because it’s the final thing a person eats during a meal or maybe because diners tend to find dessert irresistible, the final course, when done correctly, makes a lasting impression.
When entertaining guests, a special dessert makes a great final way to show your guests how much you value their company before they go home for the night. When hosting your next soiree, the following recipe for ‘Pasticcio di Cioccolato con Lampone (Individual Chocolate Cakes With Fresh Raspberries)’ from Michael White and Joanna Pruess’ ‘Fiamma: The Essence of Contemporary Italian Cooking’ (Wiley) is sure to make for a memorable final course. Pasticcino di Cioccolato con Lampone (Individual Chocolate Cakes With Fresh Raspberries) Makes 8 servings 1-1/3 cups cake flour, sifted 1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons cocoa powder, sifted 1/4 teaspoon baking soda 6 tablespoons unsalted butter 6 large eggs 1 cup granulated sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 cup heavy cream 1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar, sifted 1 pint fresh raspberries Vegetable cooking spray Pinch of sea salt Preheat the oven to 325 F. Spray a standard muffin tin with nonstick spray or fill 8 of the cups with paper or foil liners.
Sift the flour, 1/3 cup of cocoa, salt, and baking soda into a bowl and set aside. Melt the butter in a small saucepan and set aside.
Combine the eggs and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a whisk attachment. Set the bowl over a pan partially filled with simmering water. The water should not touch the bowl. Using a whisk, beat the egg-sugar mixture until it feels very warm to the touch and all of the sugar has dissolved. Immediately remove the bowl from the heat and transfer it to the electric mixer.
Whip the egg-sugar mixture on medium speed for 3 to 4 minutes until it triples in volume and is very thick and light colored. Add the vanilla and whip 2 to 3 seconds longer to blend. Remove the bowl from the mixer and gently fold in the flour-cocoa mixture.
Place about 1-1/2 cups of the batter in a separate bowl and fold in the melted butter. Do this gently, as you do not want to overwork the batter. Fold this into the remaining batter. Divide the batter evenly among the cupcake tins. Bake in the center of the oven for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a toothpick or knife inserted in the center of one cupcake comes out clean. Remove and cool completely on a rack.
While the cupcakes are cooling, combine the heavy cream with the confectioners’ sugar and the remaining 2 tablespoons of cocoa, beat into soft peaks, and set aside.
Remove the cupcakes from the tin and place them on dessert plates. Spoon the whipped cream on top, divide the raspberries among the plates and serve.