Today is the first #SundaySupper event of 2013. We are starting off with a bang too! The theme today is recipes that are on our bucket list. You know, the list of things you always say you want to do….eventually. I don’t actually have a written down list, but I have some things in the back of my mind that I have always wanted to do. This is even inspiring me to make that list (on paper), and maybe share it with you later. Maybe they will actually get made then 🙂
So for this week I picked a chocolate meringue cake. I have Pavlova (which is a meringue) on my blog, but to be honest my husband made it. So I wanted to tackle it myself, and do it up with chocolate, because we all know that is how I do things. Plus my birthday was on Tuesday, so I wanted to turn it into a cake!
It did take 2 attempts for this to work out. The first time I followed a different recipe, which I am sure was a good one, but there was melted chocolate involved and it just didn’t work out. So then I started again, adapted the Pavlova recipe I know works, and went from there. I used an almond flavored, freshly whipped cream as the “frosting”. There is almond extract in with the meringue too, and it just pairs perfectly together. It is sweet, light, fluffy, and the perfect birthday cake! My 7 year old even asked me yesterday if I could make this again for his birthday.
- 6 eggs whites
- Pinch of Kosher salt
- 2 cups sugar
- 3 Tbls cocoa powder
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp almond extract
- 1/2 tsp white vinegar
- 1 cup mini chocolate chips
- Almond Whipped Cream
- 2 cups heavy whipping cream
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1/2 - 1 tsp almond extract
- Optional garnish
- Shaved Chocolate
Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silpat liner.
In the stand mixer bowl, whisk egg whites and a pinch of salt, until stiff peaks, 4 to 5 minutes. Reduce the speed to medium and add the sugar over 2 minutes. Stop and scrape down the sides of the bowl. Increase the speed to high and whisk until the mixture is smooth and glossy and stiff peaks, 6 to 7 minutes. Add cocoa powder, vanilla extract, almond extract, and vinegar. Mix until just combined (you might have to use a spatula). Fold in the chocolate chips.
Divide the batter in half. Spread onto baking sheet, in about two 8 inch circles. You want them about 1 inch high, and evenly sized. Place the meringue into the oven and bake for 45 minutes. Turn off the heat and leave it in the oven for 3 more hours. Open the oven door and cool completely before removing from the oven, approximately 30 minutes.
Prepare the Whipped Cream
In the bowl for an electric mixer, whisk the heavy cream until soft peaks, about 4 to 5 minutes. Add sugar and almond extract, whisk to combine. ** You can store in the fridge until the next day if you need to, just whisk by hand for a minute to stiffen it up again.
To prepare the cake place one meringue onto a serving platter. Spread with a generous layer of whipped cream. Top with the second meringue, and more whipped cream. Garnish with shaved chocolate, if desired. Let set for 1 hour before serving. Store in the fridge.
This Week’s Sunday Supper Recipes
Sunday Supper Specialty Breads:
- Homemade Bagels with Mimosa Spread by Daily Dish Recipes
- Homemade Tortillas by Supper for a Steal
- Brioche by Gotta Get Baked
- Alton Brown’s Soft Pretzels by Hezzi-D’s Book and Cooks
- Braided Challah by The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen
- Cinnamon Sugar Pretzel Bites by In the Kitchen with Audrey and Maurene
- Belgian Waffles by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Gluten-free Bread by Happy Baking Days
- Monkey Bread by Vintage Kitchen Notes
Sunday Supper Main Dishes:
- Lightened Up Slow Cooker Butter Chicken by The Meltaways
- Gluten Free Ravioli by No One Likes Crumbley Cookies
- Bagna Cauda and Potatoes by Shockingly Delicious
- Beef Wellington by Family Foodie
- Green Chili and Lentil Tamales by Mangoes and Chutney
- Mushroom Ragout over Creamy Polenta by Noshing with the Nolands
- Butternut Squash Gnocchi by Peanut Butter and Peppers
- Ropa Vieja by Magnolia Days
- Tah-Dig (Persian Rice) by The Little Ferraro Kitchen
- Fresh Ravioli with Ricotta by Comfy Cuisine
- Stuffed Artichokes by The Roxx Box
- Braised Short Ribs by The Messy Baker blog
- Julia Child’s Boeuf Bourguignon by Hip Foodie Mom
- French Onion Soup by The Weekend Gourmet
- Leaping Frog Chicken by The Urban Mrs.
- Fried Polenta with Spicy Tomato Relish by Mama Mommy Mom
- Savory Spinach-Filled Crepe Cake with Cheddar Sauce by Webicurean
- Japanese-Style Prosperity Pockets & Goat Cheese En Croute by Ninja Baking
- San Antonio Puffy Tacos by Sustainable Dad
- Chinese Dumplings by My Cute Bride
- Falafel by Small Wallet Big Appetite
Sunday Supper Desserts and Snacks:
- Creamy Lemon Fudge by Chocolate Moosey
- Zebra Cake by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Faux Ice Cream with Bananas by Country Girl in the Village
- Divinity by Juanita’s Cocina
- Homemade Seafoam Candy by girlichef
- French Macarons by I Run for Wine
- Mocha Macadamia Trifle with Mascarpone Cream by The Foodie Army Wife
- Nut and Seed Nougat by What Smells So Good
- Pumpkin Mocha Cupcakes with Whipped Cream Frosting and Dulce de Leche Drizzle by Damn Delicious
- Chocolate Meringue Cake (gluten free) by Dinners, Dishes and Desserts
- Gluten-Free Golden Fudge Cake by Cupcakes & Kale Chips
- Orange Rum Tiramisu Cake by Crispy Bits & Burnt Ends
- Peanut Sesame Honey Brittle by Sue’s Nutrition Buzz
- Granola Bars with Dried Fruit by The Wimpy Vegetarian
- Jamaican Blue Drawers by Lovely Pantry
- Mini Classic Key Lime Pies by In the Kitchen with KP
- Donuts: Redux by Kelly Bakes
- Hot Lemon Curd Soufflés by Food Lust People Love
- Popcorn with truffle oil and asiago cheese by Ruffles & Truffles
Are you ready to tackle your culinary bucket list? I’m one down and lots to go. Perhaps my next one will be a recipe in today’s event. They all look so good. Choices, choices…
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