Chocolate cake with raspberry coulis and mini meringues

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Looking for an easy and delicious dessert? Well, I’ve got just the right recipe for you!
The airy chocolate cake marries very well with the raspberries in the coulis.
For me, making the meringues was the hardest part, since it was the very first time I made meringues. I think they looked too much like macarons instead of meringues, but the taste and texture were very good.

Let’s get started!


1) Chocolate cake

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Here is what you need:
– 5 eggs
– 100 gr of butter
– 150 gr of dark chocolate
– 140 gr of sugar
– 1 packet of vanilla sugar
– 50 gr of self-rising flour
– a pinch of salt
– a big bowl
– a beater

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First preheat the oven to 200°C.
Then you’ll have to separate the egg yolks and the whites.
The next step is to melt the chocolate. I do this in the easiest way, in the microwave! While the chocolate is melting you can add a pinch of salt to the egg whites and start beating them. I also do this in the easiest way, with an electric beater. You have to beat until you can hold your bowl upside down.

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When the chocolate has melted, add the butter and put again in the microwave until the butter melted too. Stir the mixture when you take it out of the microwave. Do not melt it at the maximum temperature, chocolate can burn too!

DSC03401Next, add the sugar to the mixture and sieve the flour above the bowl and stir the mixture. Then add the egg yolks and continue stirring. The last ingredient to add to the mixture are the beaten egg whites. Do this carefully and stir with a scraper.
Cover your mold with parchment paper and pour the mixture in it.

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Lower the oven to 180°C and bake for about 50 minutes. While the cake is in the oven, you can start making the coulis.

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2) Raspberry coulis

These are the ingredients you need:
– 200 gr of raspberries (optionally frozen)
– 1/2 lemon
– +/- 2 tablespoons of sugar
– a sieve
– a blender

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If the raspberries are frozen, let them defrost first. Then put them in the blender with the juice of half a lemon and the sugar.

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Now blend it until you get a smooth coulis. At this moment you can taste and add some sugar if you want to.

Next, sieve the coulis to obtain a mixture without seeds.

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It’s ready! You can keep it in the fridge for a couple of days.

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3) Meringues

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The ingredients you need to make meringues are:
– 3 egg whites (75 gr)
– 2 x 45 gr of sugar
– 60 gr of powdered sugar
– a beater

Preheat the oven to 120°C. Start beating the whites. When ready, add the first 45 grams of sugar and continue beating. Then, add the next 45 grams and still continue beating. At last, add the powdered sugar and beat a little. I also added a little bit of pink food coloring.

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The next step is to put the meringue with a piping bag on a baking tray covered with parchment paper. The few times a used a piping bag, the whole kitchen was a mess. Everything was dirty and full of dough, including myself. So this time I just used a spoon.

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Bake the meringues for one hour. Then turn off the oven and let the meringues dry inside. It is very important to not open the oven.

Your meringues are ready!

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Now everything is ready to serve.
Bon appétit!

Lots of love,
Laura

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