Monday, August 15, 2011

Chocolate Sformato with Amaretto Whipped Cream


 
I was so excited when Lynne asked me to guest post for her on 365 days of Baking.  I have been writing The Slow Roasted Italian and loving every moment of it.  I love to tell stories of the food I am so passionate about along with my family that I truly enjoy feeding.  This is my first guest post and I wanted to stay within the theme of this blog and stay true to my own, so I picked a fabulous baked Italian dessert that I love.  It is called a Chocolate Sformato.  A sformato is an Italian flan.  It is a thick pudding, delicious and oh so chocolaty.

I had the urge to make this around 8pm, it was done about 9pm.  I brought two pieces of the Chocolate Sformto into the family room where Mr. W had been watching TV.  I found him crashed out and sleeping.  I didn't want the beautiful dessert to go to waste, so I was sure to eat his too!  Although, I would not recommend it.  My eyes are definitely bigger than my belly.  I was going to make this again the next night for our game night, because it is so easy to make and is so fast, but we ended up eating the left overs the next night with our friends. It was even more delicious the next day.  With or without the whipped cream this is a decadent and delicious dessert.  The bittersweet chocolate takes the flavor to a rich incredible level.  The toasted almonds on top provide an incredible nutty crunch in contrast to the creamy chocolaty pudding.

I made the whipped cream with amaretto (an almond flavored liqueur) it is delicious!!!  Buon Appetito!

Recipe adapted from Giada De Laurentiis

Chocolate Sformato with Amaretto Whipped Cream
2 cups whole milk, divided
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 packet gelatin
4 eggs, lightly beaten
1 (12-ounce) bag bittersweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup toasted sliced almond, divided
1 cup whipping cream
1 tablespoon powdered sugar
1 tablespoon almond liqueur (recommended: Amaretto)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. 

In a small saucepan, combine 1 1/2 cups of the milk, the sugar, and vanilla. Bring to a simmer and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Remove from the heat. Sprinkle the gelatin over the remaining 1/2 cup cold milk and let dissolve for 2 minutes. Combine the cold milk and gelatin with the hot milk and sugar.

Stir to dissolve the gelatin, about 5 minutes. (Heat the milk gently if the gelatin is not dissolving easily.) When the gelatin is dissolved add the milk to the eggs, one ladle at a time whisking constantly (this is called tempering) to avoid scrambling the eggs.


Return mixture to the pot.  Place the bowl into the sink with a sieve over top pour the mixture through.   To make sure you have a smooth mixture.


Meanwhile, melt the chocolate over a double boiler.  You can make one by putting a heat safe bowl over a pot with about 1" of water.  You do not want the water to touch the bowl.


When the chocolate is melted gradually combine the milk and egg mixture with the melted chocolate, stirring between each addition to create a smooth chocolate mixture.


Pour the mixture into a buttered 2-quart casserole dish, or use a 6" springform pan (the bottom wrapped in heavy duty aluminum foil, large enough to use one sheet or you can get water in your sformato). Sprinkle the top with 1/4 cup of the almonds.


Place the casserole dish in a larger dish or roasting pan. Add hot water to the outer pan until the water comes halfway up the sides of the baking dish. Bake until the sides are firm and the center is jiggles slightly, about 1 hour. Remove from the oven, remove pan from water (set on a heat safe cloth) and let cool for at least 30 minutes.


If using a springform pan slide a butter knife around the pan to release the sformato before opening the pan.
Just before serving, whip the cream to soft peaks in a medium bowl using a whisk or electric hand mixer. Add the sugar and almond liqueur and whip to combine. Spoon the sformato into individual serving bowls and dollop the top with the almond liqueur whip cream.

 

Click here for a printable version of this recipe - The Slow Roasted Italian.com

7 comments:

  1. Chocolate with amaretoo..what are you doing to me:)

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  2. Wonderful recipe!
    I wish you a happy Mid August

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  3. Did you just say amaretto whipped cream! YUM! I could just eat that with a spoon. This looks amazing

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  4. Hey, this looks familiar! I think I'm having deja vu - ;-)
    Great post, Donna!
    Do you think it'd be possible to make individual servings in ramekins as opposed to one larger cake?

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  5. Wow this looks yummy!! I forgot to buy gelatin at the grocery store, I wanted it for occasions like this one. Where I absolutely HAVE to have something like this because I just read about it =P

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