Dana Slatkin

Ottolenghi’s Flourless Chocolate Cake

Flourless Chocolate Cake 1

If you had stopped by last week, you would have seen me sprawled out on my kitchen floor, surrounded by stacks of cookbooks and festooned with sticky note flags. I was collecting recipes for next week’s big Passover feast, and the perfect dessert was eluding me. As holiday meals go, the Seder is an especially demanding one, requiring a long list of dietary do’s and don’ts, enough courses to accompany four glasses of wine, and an abundance of crowd-pleasing food. By the time dessert is finally served, everyone is hankering for a transcendent finale. I kept flipping back to this recipe from a cookbook that has come through meal after meal, Ottolenghi: The Cookbook. Though I’ve never been to any of the four wildly … [Read more...]

Chocolate Birthday Cake with Chocolate Frosting

Chocolate Cake

Since one of my dearest gal pals has a birthday this week, I think I’ll bake her a cake. But it can’t be just any cake. If you knew my friend, you would agree. It has to be festive…fudgy…a bit naughty. And memorable.   When I searched online for chocolate cakes, there were over six million recipes, each claiming to be the moistest, dreamiest one of them all. As I scanned through the myriad of ingredients, the word mayonnaise caught my eye. At first I winced, but as I gave it more thought, it made brilliant sense. Mayonnaise: an emulsion of yolks, vinegar, oil, and salt; a pantry staple. As it turns out, the idea was coined by some clever homemakers during World War II, when eggs and butter were in short … [Read more...]