Here is the recipe for the greatest mistake I ever made!
Preheat oven to 425° F.
Grease and line with wax paper a 9x5x3 loaf pan.
Melt chocolate and beat in butter with a spoon or spatula.
Beat egg whites with a hand mixer to stiff peaks; set aside. With same beaters beat egg yolks until thick and light in color.
Slowly add the sugar, beating constantly. Add the flour and beat until just combined. Stir egg yolk mixture into chocolate mixture, then fold egg whites into this mixture. You will have some egg whites still showing.
Pour batter into prepared pan. Reduce oven heat to 350°F and bake 25 minutes.
Let cool completely in pan. Cake will settle like a cheesecake. Turn out. Refrigerate for 4 hours until well chilled. Decorate with abandon!
Picada is like a pesto. Made with chocolate and almonds it is lovely on the palate!
Charred Cauliflower with Picada Sauce
Heat oven broiler to high
Toss florets with 2 T. olive oil, salt and pepper in a bowl
Arrange in a single layer on a baking sheet.
Broil, turning once, half way through, until charred and tender, about 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, heat garlic and remaining oil in skillet an cook, over medium heat until golden, about 5 minutes. Be sure to watch and stir, so garlic doesn't burn. Transfer oil and garlic to a a medium bowl an let cool.
Stir almonds, parsley, chocolate, sherry, salt and pepper into garlic oil.
Toss with cauliflower while it is still hot. Garnish and serve immediately.
This is absolutely scrumptious. If you don’t eat pork, beef works really well here, too.
Cacao Nib & Fennel Encrusted Pork Tenderloin
Using a mortar and pestle or coffee grinder (depending on hoe fine you want the rub) grind the cacao nibs and fennel seeds, together. Add the brown sugar, cocoa powder, salt cinnamon and cayenne powder. Combine thoroughly. The mortar and pestle will give you a coarser rub and a more pungent flavor. A coffee grinder or food processor will give you a finer rub and a more subtle flavor.
Massage the tenderloin with 1 T. of oil and then rub with the cacao mixture until well coated.
In a large skillet, over a medium-high flame, heat the remaining oil. Brown the tenderloin on all sides, turning often.
Transfer to a roasting pan and cook until a meat thermometer reads 145, about 15 minutes. Pork can cook very quickly so check at 10 -12 minutes. Adjust time for beef.
Once at proper temperature, take out, tent with foil and rest for 5 minutes. Slice and serve.