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Tuesdays With Dorie: Boca Negra February 19, 2013

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This weeks Tuesdays With Dorie recipe is Boca Negra, which is located on page 253 in Baking With Julia.. This recipe is being hosted by Cathy of A Frederick Food Garden.

I actually made this recipe for my 31st Birthday, which just happens to be Valentine’s Day. The recipe calls to use Bourbon (cake and topping) and I was afraid that Mike wouldn’t appreciate it if I used the good stuff. So I used rum in the white chocolate cream, and Chambord in the cake. With the Chambord I was hoping for a raspberry flavor, which it did impart a hint. For the white chocolate cream, which was pretty much a ganache, I didn’t feel comfortable using alcohol since I am 7 months pregnant. I still wanted the flavor so I decided to boil the rum with the cream so that the alcohol could cook out. Once the cream had cooled it had thickened but not enough for my liking, so I poured the cream into a mixing bowl and whipped up the cream to stiff peaks. I preferred the cream this way and it photographed better.

For the cake, I baked it in an 8-inch pan instead of a 9-inch and baked it for 40 minutes (recipe calls for 30 minutes). I was afraid that I might not have baked the cake long enough, especially since it was in a smaller pan. I decided to wait a bit before flipping it out on a serving plate, just in case.

And….

I was right, the cake probably could have used 5 more minutes in the oven because one of the sides wasn’t completely set and when I turned it out onto a plate one side slide out just a little. Which actually made it the shape of the Star Trek Enterprise ship. The fact that I noticed that makes me a complete nerd.

Mike and I ate the cside that slide out and it tasted great, but it is very rich. It was like eating straight chocolate ganache, and the cream on top was nice and cut the richness a bit. Next time I make this I will probably only make half a recipe of the cake and a quarter recipe of the cream because a little of both goes a long way.

 

4 Responses to “Tuesdays With Dorie: Boca Negra”

  1. saucygander Says:

    Star Trek cake, I like! Ours was less sci-fi in shape, but we loved it, as did our friends.

  2. SandraM Says:

    Your cake looks wonderful. It was such a decadent cake….loved every bit of it. Like the idea of rum with this. Good idea.

  3. Cathleen Says:

    This was a hit here! I agree a full recipe of the cream is too much. Your dollop looks so soft and fluffy.

    • avril rustage-johnston Says:

      I made the cake and took it out of the oven at exactly 30 minutes, as per the recipe but against my better judgement. I was right; the cake was still liquid and just poured out all over the baking tray on which I had (fortunately) upended it. I scraped it back into the cake tin and baked it a further 20 minutes, which seemed right, 30 minutes original baking seems totally insufficient. Anyone else have this happen?


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