Sunday, March 28, 2010

David Lebovitz's Chocolate Spice Bread

Looks like a cake, tastes like a bread, well sort of, not really. If you like a not too sweet, looks dry but is not, well maybe, moist cake, then you are going to enjoy a flavor journey this cake bread has to offer you.

 I came across this recipe on Samantha's Hungry Dog food blog www.thehungrydog.blogspot.com I was more intrigued by her post than the recipe. However, it was her post that motivated me to prepare this very unusual cake bread. Now, I completely understand her ambivalence with this recipe.  You can never quite put your finger on how to describe it.  Although, I do think Samantha in true form gets as close as possible by describing it as "more dense than cakey, calling to mind a brownie that got kidnapped and sold into the spice trade."

The most intriguing part about this recipe is that you will like it but, you won't know why. Fascinating.

The ingredients create a unique flavor combination of cinnamon, ginger, cloves and whole anise seeds in a cocoa rich batter. It creates a very dark, dense bread cake.  This dessert cake bread would pair up nicely with a good quality ice cream or fresh whip cream.

The recipe is easy to prepare but, it can make for a messy kitchen. Still, it's worth the minimal effort with a few extra dishes to wash.


David Lebovitz's Chocolate Spice Bread
Makes one 9-inch round cake

Ingredients:
7 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces, plus more for the pan
7 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
1-1/4 cup flour
3 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tablespoon baking powder (preferable aluminum-free)
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
1/2 teaspoon whole anise seed
2 large eggs at room temperature
2 large egg yolks
1/4 cup honey
2/3 cup sugar

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Butter a 9-inch round cake pan, line the bottom with a piece of parchment paper, and butter that as well.  Dust the insides of the pan with a bit of flour or cocoa powder and tap out any excess.

In a double boiler or a large, heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water, melt the chocolate and the butter together, stirring until smooth.  Let cool to room temperature.  Transfer to a large bowl.

In another bowl, sift the flour, cocoa, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and salt.  Add the anise seed.

In the bowl of a standing electric mixer or with a handheld mixer, whip the eggs, yolks, honey, and sugar until thick and mousselike, about 5 minutes, on high speed.

Fold half of the whipped eggs into the chocolate and butter.  Then fold in the remaining egg mixture.

Add the dry ingredients one-third at a time, using a spoon to sprinkle them over the batter and folding until the dry ingredients are just combined.

Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 30-35 minutes, until the cake feels barely set in the center, but still moist.

Remove from the oven and let cool for 15 minutes.  Tap the cake out of the pan and cool completely on a rack.  Wrap the cake in plastic wrap and let stand at room temperature for 24 hours to let the flavors meld.  Well wrapped, this cake will keep for about one week at room temperature, or one month in the freezer.

Enjoy!


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46 comments:

Sinful Southern Sweets said...

Looks fabulous! And I love David Lebovitz!

Chris said...

Thanks for explaining how this just isn't "cake", I was wondering when I read the title.

Kidnapped brownie, hilarious.

Pam said...

Oh, this looks and sounds chocolaty delicious! I have never made a cake like this and will definitely give it a try! Unusual and interesting!

Cool Lassi(e) said...

The spiced bread looks fabulous. So moist and dark..just my kinda bread. Pass me that wedge please!

Angie's Recipes said...

I love DL's recipes...they really work like a charm.
This chocolate cake looks sensational!

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

Hmm. Cake, masquerading as bread, that contains chocolate? This is all good!

Kim said...

Anything Dave Lebowitz is a winner! This sounds like an intriguing bread/cake that is definitely worth making.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

It doesn't have a lot of sugar so I would probably like it better than a regular cake! Sounds really good! ♥

Laura in Paris said...

Miam, chocolate goes so well with spices! This sounds and looks delicious!

Lea Ann said...

This looks fabulous. Another one bookmarked.

Sophie said...

Waw,..this chocolate spiced round cake looks fabulous, Velva!! Another must try,...that's for sure!

buffalodick said...

Good blend! I like chocolate with certain spices..

pierre said...

whatevder iti s abread or a cake I just take it !! Pierre de Paris

Stella said...

Hmm, an interesting idea for sure. Maybe the recipe needs some tweaking, so one knows why they like it...maybe...

Sage said...

Years agao I made a chocolate spice cake that has raisins in it; my oldest son always asked for this for his birthday cake; thank you for sharing this one.
Rita

Chef E said...

I follow David's blog as well and his cooking is amazing, and this post is amazing and your chocolate thangy is amazing- I am hungry for this and amazed! Okay I am being silly too, but seriously!

Barbara said...

I love recipes like this, Velva! Must be divine with all those spices. And there certainly is enough sugar to make it sweet. Plus the extra semi sweet chocolate. The anise flavor must be interesting too.

Hungry Dog said...

Glad to see this post, Velva! The cake looks gorgeous. And my ambivalence over this recipe is now validated...

Have a great sunday!

Ana Powell said...

Great recipe, love the taste of anise seeds x

All Our Fingers in the Pie said...

A chocolate spice cakes looks wonderful.

A Year on the Grill said...

David is one of the first blogs I followed... A wonderful read... and I remember this recipe.. glad it found a home

Julie said...

Sounds so interesting!! I am going to have to try this one.

Karen Harris said...

I'm intrigued! It sounds really good. I've got a happiness award for you over at my blog if you would like it. I've also referenced your address so my readers can get to know your blog.

Chef Aimee said...

Oh my goodness! I love Dave Leibovitz and this is one picture perfect chocolate cake you made!

Sandi said...

that looks wonderful Velva and soooooo chocolaty!!! right up my alley...LOL!!!!

teresa said...

what a fun cake, i looks amazing!

sweetlife said...

spics cake with chocolate...sond great isn't david leibovitz great??

sweetlife

Devon said...

Nothing like ambiguous food to get the conversation going. I'm curious to find out what others think of it.

Bo said...

Looks great. I love chocolate with spices...especially with cinnamon.

Julie said...

That looks so tempting..yum!

My Little Space said...

I think this sounds great for breakfast with butter & jam!

Mimi said...

Cake/bread sound perfect to me, you can eat it for breakfast or dessert.
Mimi.

3 hungry tummies said...

Such a moist looking cake, love a slice to cheer me up!

Joanne said...

I love your description of this cake. I know what you mean about liking something but not knowing why...I find those foods the most intriguing.

Dishesdone said...

Looks really good, love the description, I'd definitely have a slice, or two :) How about toasted with a scoop of vanilla?

Miss Meat and Potatoes said...

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From the Kitchen said...

Oh my, that does look luscious! And, I can't wait for "tomatoes on the vine"!!

Best,
Bonnie

Faith said...

You're right, this looks like it would be amazing with some whipped cream...a gorgeous cake!

Erica said...

That cake looks so rich and delicious,Velva!I love his recipes, too!

Susan Fields said...

Look at all those wonderful spices on the ingredients list - yum!

Pierce said...

You have me completely intrigued! That is a great description.

Marguerite said...

Oh, this chocolate spice cake/bread looks heavenly! I can't wait to try it! Yummm!

tasteofbeirut said...

Looking at the list of ingredients I can see what you mean; maybe it is because all these spices have a hypnotic effect? I would love a slice of that cake/bread just about now!

My Carolina Kitchen said...

Your spice cake is gorgeous and well worth the trouble to clean up the kitchen.
Sam

Kathleen said...

Yum! Yum! Yum! I wish I had a slice right now.

Fresh Local and Best said...

I adore the combination of chocolate and spices, and I know that this must have been a fabulous cake!

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