This weeks Tuesdays with Dorie was chosen by Lyb of And then I do the dishes. She chose Dorie’s Chocolate Armagnac Cake, which is located on pages 279-281 in Baking: From My Home to Yours. I always wondered how this cake was going to taste since it has prunes soaked in Armagnac in it and ground pecans. The picture for the cake looks so good that I knew I couldn’t pass it up.
A variation that you could do for the recipe was to use almonds instead of pecans and replace the Armagnac prunes with Whiskey soaked raisins. I guess you could say that I kinda did the variation. I just recently received ground toasted almonds for my birthday from King Arthur Flour and decided that this would be a good time to use them. For the liquor there was also the option to use Brandy or Cognac instead. I decided to go through my liquor cabinet and I found some Cognac, YAY!!! For the final cake, I ended up using ground almonds and cognac flambéed prunes.
I hadn’t flambéed in awhile and it was nice to see that blue and red flame come up. It might have been one of the highlights of my Saturday 🙂
I actually didn’t really have any problems with the cake. I ended up baking it in a 8 x 3 round cake pan that was sprayed with Pam and had a parchment circle in the bottom for 30 minutes and the cake came out perfectly 🙂 When I put the glaze on I actually had to spread it. It was really never a spread itself icing for me.
When I finally tasted the cake it was interesting. The cake by itself I didn’t like very much but with the icing on top it was fantastic. I have no idea why this changed it for me, but it did 🙂