SERVES 8
Dessert

Ingredients

Part 1: For the cake
  • unsalted butter,3/4, cup plus 2 tablespoons / 200 grams, room temperature (plus extra for greasing),
  • granulated sugar,1 1/4,cups / 250 grams,,white-sugar
  • coconut,2/3,cup / 60 grams,finely shredded,shredded-coconut-fine-flakes
  • vanilla seeds,1,pod,scraped,
  • salt,1/4,teaspoon,,mortons-kosher-salt
  • eggs,4,,large,
  • almond meal,1 2/3,cups / 180 grams,,blanched-almond-flour
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Flourless Coconut and Chocolate Cake

Every month or so, we gather in the test kitchen with our pastry chefs. It’s an open forum, with the chefs presenting their offerings, which we then taste and discuss. It’s always exciting, as ideas are constantly being improved and implemented. This cake was a product of one of those meetings, brought to the table by Franceska Venzon, herself inspired by Belinda Jeffery’s version of the cake. We’ve played around with the shape—baking it in a loaf pan—and added a chocolate ganache, but the base is all Belinda’s.

There’s something about a cake showcasing its flourlessness or gluten-free nature that can often make it sound a little bit lacking. Unfairly so, in a case like this, where the feeling of eating it is the very opposite of “free from”; it’s utterly buttery and decadent. — From Sweet: Desserts from London's Ottolenghi by Yotam Ottolenghi and Helen Goh. Buy this book from Indiebound or Amazon.

Reprinted with permission from Sweet: Desserts from London's Ottolenghi by Yotam Ottolenghi and Helen Goh, copyright © 2017. Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC. Photography credit: Peden + Munk © 2017

Written By Yotam Ottolenghi and Helen Goh | Oct 24, 2018

Ingredients

Part 1: For the cake
  • unsalted butter,3/4, cup plus 2 tablespoons / 200 grams, room temperature (plus extra for greasing),
  • granulated sugar,1 1/4,cups / 250 grams,,white-sugar
  • coconut,2/3,cup / 60 grams,finely shredded,shredded-coconut-fine-flakes
  • vanilla seeds,1,pod,scraped,
  • salt,1/4,teaspoon,,mortons-kosher-salt
  • eggs,4,,large,
  • almond meal,1 2/3,cups / 180 grams,,blanched-almond-flour
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Step one

Preheat the oven to 325°F/160°C. Grease the base and sides of a standard 8 1/2 x 4 1/2-inch/900-gram loaf pan or a 9-inch/23-centimeter round springform pan and line with parchment paper, then set aside.

Step two

Place the butter, sugar, coconut, vanilla seeds and salt in an electric mixer with the paddle attachment in place. Beat on medium-high speed, until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Turn the speed to low, add the almond meal and mix until just combined.

Step three

Scrape the mixture into the pan and bake for 70 minutes if using the loaf pan or 50 minutes if using the round pan, or until the cake is golden brown on top and a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean. Remove the cake from the oven and set aside to cool in the pan before inverting onto a serving plate. Set aside until completely cool.

Ingredients

Part 2: For the ganache
  • dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids),2,ounce / 55 grams, roughly chopped into 1/3-inch/1-centimeter pieces,
  • granulated sugar,2,tablespoons,,white-sugar
  • light corn syrup,1,tablespoon,,
  • water,3,tablespoons,,
  • vanilla seeds,1/4,pod,scraped,
  • unsalted butter,1 1/2,tablespoons,at room temperature and cut into 3/4-inch/2-centimeter cubes,
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Ingredients

Part 2: For the ganache
  • dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids),2,ounce / 55 grams, roughly chopped into 1/3-inch/1-centimeter pieces,
  • granulated sugar,2,tablespoons,,white-sugar
  • light corn syrup,1,tablespoon,,
  • water,3,tablespoons,,
  • vanilla seeds,1/4,pod,scraped,
  • unsalted butter,1 1/2,tablespoons,at room temperature and cut into 3/4-inch/2-centimeter cubes,
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Step four

To  make the water ganache when you are ready to serve, place the chocolate in a medium bowl and set aside. Put the sugar and corn syrup in a small saucepan and place over medium-low heat. Stir to combine and, when the sugar has melted, increase the heat to medium and bring to a boil, stirring gently from time to time. Continue to boil for about 7 minutes, until the color is a pale amber. Remove from the heat and carefully pour in the water. Don’t worry if the mix seizes; just return the pan to the heat, add the vanilla seeds and stir gently and continuously until it returns to a boil and the sugar has melted again. Remove from the heat and wait for a minute before pouring the water-caramel over the chocolate. Allow to stand for about 3 minutes, then whisk to combine. Add the butter, a couple of cubes at a time, whisking after each addition. Continue until all the butter has been added, whisking to combine until the consistency is that of thick syrup.

Step five

Spread the ganache over the top of the cake, letting it run down the sides a little, and serve.