14 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, grated or
broken into small pieces
3 Tbsp water (or more if needed)
12 eggs, separated
2 cups granulated sugar
2 teaspoons grated orange peel
3 1/2 sticks (3/4 lb plus 4 Tbsp) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup all purpose flour, sifted
1 Preheat oven to 325°F. Grease the sides and bottom
of a 10-inch springform pan. Add a few tablespoons of sugar and gently
shake so that all the sides and bottom of the pan are coated with
sugar. Tap out excess sugar.
2 Beat egg yolks with the granulated sugar until they are
thick and pale yellow and form a ribbon when they fall from the beater.
3 Place chocolate and 3 Tbsp of water in the top of a double
boiler. Melt over simmering water, whisking until smooth. If the
chocolate gets too thick, and looks like it will firm up, whisk in a
tablespoon or more of water. Let cool slightly.
4 Fold the warm chocolate into the egg mixture. Stir in the
softened butter. Stir in the grated orange peel. Fold in the sifted
flour. Mix thoroughly but gently.
5 Beat egg whites until stiff. (See this wonderful explanation
egg whites) Stir a large spoonful of the
chocolate mixture into the beaten egg whites. Mix well. Pour this
mixture into the chocolate mixture, fold together gently, incorporating
the whites completely. Be careful at this stage not to overmix.
6 Turn batter into the springform pan. It will come close to
the top of the pan. Set the pan on the middle rack of your oven and
bake for 1 hour and 20 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted in the
center comes out clean. Cool on a rack for 15 minutes, then remove the
outer rim. Allow the cake to cool completely before removing the bottom
of the pan. Refrigerate.
7 When ready to serve, sprinkle with powdered sugar.
Makes 20 small, but quite rich, servings.