28 April 2008

Eat to The Beat...Yah...We Got the Beat with Chocolate Budino

Chocolate Budino

Elly of Elly Says Opa is holding her Eat To the Beat event once again. I really enjoyed participating the last time around and coming up with a recipe that could relate to a song that twists its way over and over in my head.

This time around I have chosen a song from one of my favourite artists Sarah McLachlin. The song is called "Ice Cream". Sarah is perhaps my favourite Canadian musician. She was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia in the Maritime provinces where musicians are well-known for their Celtic style especially on the peninsula of Cape Breton. Sara has her own modern, commercial style of course and her style is not following the Celtic roots of the Maritimes. She has made a name for herself worldwide and I have seen her featured on other blogs. She now lives here in the wild, wild west in Vancouver, British Columbia. From the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean.... singing from the hip.

Your love is better than ice cream
Better than anything else that I've tried
And your love is better than ice cream
Everyone here know how to fight.......

...Your love is better than chocolate
Better than anything else that I tried
Oh love is better than chocolate
Everyone here knows how to cry....

Check out her song for yourself here........


What better way to encompass this song by serving up an Italian Budino or pudding cake with a scoop of your favourite ice cream. It resembles a molten cake, moist and almost gooey in the middle when served warm from the oven. You will need good quality chocolate and plenty of butter...not for the faint hearted or heart healthy.

For the Eat to the Beat event this recipe comes from the cookbook I won not that long ago on Elly Says Opa. I was lucky enough to win Cooking From the Hip by Cat Cora which arrived in my mailbox a few weeks ago.

In the last couple of years Cat Cora has become a familiar face on cable TV's Food Network, heading a team that does kitchen makeovers on Kitchen Accomplished, and co-hosting Melting Pot with chef Rocco DiSpirito. In her most high-profile TV gig yet, Cat's joined the Food Network's Iron Chef America series. If you haven't yet seen it, the show (a U.S. version of the Japanese cult series Iron Chef) pits culinary celebrities such as Bobby Flay and Rick Bayless against each other. Until now, all the Iron Chef contenders were men. Cat Cora grew up in a Greek-American community in Jackson, Mississippi. Her Mediterranean-flavoured dishes show the influence of both her geographic and ethnic roots.

This will be the first of many recipes I will feature throughout the next few months by this talented chef. What better way to start than presenting this dish from Cooking From the Hip for Elly's event!!! I served the Budino with Mocha Almond Fudge Icecream and some fresh raspberries. The fresh raspberries, chocolate and coffee flavoured ice cream was better than your love, better than anything else that I've tried....I've learned how to fly!!!!!

Over the top!!

**Chocolate Budino**

1 pound high-quality bittersweet chocolate
3/4 pound butter (3 sticks), well softened
1 cup sugar
3 tablespoons flour
5 whole eggs plus 3 egg yolks

Preheat the oven to 350°F.Grease or spray two 12-cup muffin tins with vegetable or canola oil. (You can also use just one tin and bake the batter in two batches.) ..ore use a 9-inch cake pan. Wipe out excess oil with a paper towel. Set the tin aside.Grate chocolate or chop it into small shards with a chef's knife or a serrated knife. (It's easiest if you begin at a corner, particularly if the chocolate is very thick. Take it slowly and keep your fingers safe.) Place the chopped chocolate in a large bowl and set the bowl over a saucepan of hot water over very low heat. Allow the chocolate to melt slowly, stirring occasionally.

In a separate bowl, gently whisk the whole eggs, egg yolks, sugar, and flour. Mix until all of the ingredients are well incorporated. Set aside.When the chocolate is smooth, remove the bowl from hot water and add the softened butter. Mix until the mixture is again smooth and the butter is completely incorporated. Add the sugar and egg mixture mixing well.Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin tins, filling each cup three-quarters full. Bake for 11 to 12 minutes in muffin tins or 18 - 20 minutes in a cxake pan. The edges will have just begun to pull away from the pan, and the top of each budino should still look moist and shiny at the center. Remove tins from the oven and allow them to cool for 10 minutes.

While the tins are still warm, place a baking sheet over the top of each muffin tin and invert it. Carefully lift the muffin tin to release cakes. Transfer the cakes to a serving platter or individual dessert plates. They're at their best if served warm, but are also delicious at room temperature. Serve with assorted fresh berries or ice cream.

Makes 24 small cakes or one 9-inch round cake.

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  1. Thats some serious chocolate there Val! Great entry yet again.

  2. Val, that song and that dish are perfect for each other. I think I want to participate in that event this time. I will be checking it out.

    Have a great week!

  3. One of my favourite singers and songs as well. Thanks for remind me of the event; hopefully, I'll have something up and ready for it on time.

    Seriously, want ice cream LIKE NOW.

  4. Ahhh, a simple pleasure (Budino) and I do like Sarah Maclachlan.

  5. Great submission! I've really got to get my thinking cap on for this one.

  6. Lovely song and recipe. The chocolate Budino sounds great with the ice cream. One of my priorities is to post for Elly's event soon.

  7. I love Sarah Mclachlan also and got to see her in concert at an outdoor venue in Colorado called Red Rocks. It rocked in site of the rain. This chocolate cake looks like it rocks too.

  8. I love Sarah. She's such a great singer. And since I love chocolate also the two goes well together.

  9. Dang, Val! That chocolate budino is superb. Chocolate and raspberries are such a classic combination and have always been a favorite of mine. Now, I've gotta go listen to that song!

  10. Good Lord, Vallie! That budino looks fantastic! I need that. Like right now. And those beautiful raspberries!

  11. Wonderful dessert and wonderful song!

  12. Never heard that song before (bad Canadian! Bad!) but those cakes are screaming out for me to make them... now all I need is an excuse!

  13. Oh, wow, Val! This looks delicious from start to finish! Thanks for participating again! I absolutely love Sarah McLachlin, too.

  14. That looks like an excellent way to end a meal and I really like the photo. I am feeling rather chocolate deprived at the moment

  15. Definitely a dessert for a chocolate fix! I actually watch Iron Chef America. I record it every Sunday evening and watch it Monday morning before everyone else wakes up!

  16. This dessert looks so good with that side of Ice Cream. Perfect. I like that song by Sarah.

  17. I wish I could frame this picture and hang it in my kitchen....Lovely post, Val.

  18. What a great entry! Could I have a plate, pleaseeeeeee? Looks so good! My daughter would be like Godzila here... there would be no leftovers :D :D :D

    I don't know Sarah Maclachlan, should check out!

  19. I like SM. I think my parents own all of her albums.

    I'm going to look into this event. When is the deadline? Too many events-not enough time.

    This looks really delicious. I love the word budino! I've been researching it lately. It's made with ricotta sometimes. Would that be weird to put ricotta into a cake? I don't know. Now I'm just rambling.

  20. I am a blog event junkie latley Peter & Ben.
    I still have ice cream left but no budino Pixie:D
    Yes SM is a true Canadian Peter:D
    Please join the event Psych & Ivy. I always enjoy seeing what people come up with:D
    I would love to see SM in concert Marla..the only thing that would make it better would be if Jack Johnson joined her:D
    Thank you Helen and Susan I always appreciate your kind words:D
    Give it a go Nikki & Jen:D
    You have probably heard SM's song on the radio tons Sarah:D
    Thanks for creating the event Elly!!!!
    Don't deprive yourself of chocolate Mike, that can't be good:D
    I sometimes watch Iron Chef, HoneyB. I'd actually like to see the original one from Japan (?)
    Thanks Glamah & Nina!!!
    I'd be right there with your daughter Nuria...maybe not quite Godzila but enjoying every chocolatey moment.
    Thanks for visiting Emiline:D

  21. Yum. These look good and simple.

    I have been a HUGE Sarah MacLachlan fan since she released her first album back in 1989. I remember for years being the only one of my friends who knew who she was.

    You brought up memories because "Ice Cream" was my wedding song. We even had our first dance to it choreographed.

  22. That is a wonderful dessert! I love how light the cake looks.

  23. How divine! Such a nice presentation on your plate and OUTDOORS!
    You are one busy cooking lady lately! I have a hard time keeping up with you! All of your dishes look marvelous!

  24. Val, This looks so decadent! I love your photo outside with the bridge in the background, what a great view as you savor every bite of that Budino!

  25. Love the dish - a totally great entry with a wonderful piece of music. Sara McLachlin is an incredible voice and just so sweet.

  26. This looks sooo good, although I would probably say that about anything with this much dark chocolate. Amazing photo too.

  27. AnonymousMay 01, 2008

    Awesome! They look like something i made with the kids not too long ago


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