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Aubergine and chocolate cake

Aubergine and chocolate cake

Aubergine and chocolate cake

  • Dessert
  • medium
  • 12
  • 3 hours, plus 8 hours draining and cooling

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1
The day before serving, prepare the smoked aubergine purée. Poke a few holes in the skin of the aubergine using the tip of a sharp knife. Place the aubergine over an open flame or barbecue and char until the skin is blackened and soft, then remove from the heat and place in a bowl. Cover the bowl with cling film and leave the aubergine to sweat as it cools
  • 1 Sicilian aubergine, weighing 400g
2
Once cool, remove the skin from the aubergine and squeeze out as much excess water from the flesh as possible. Place in a sieve or piece of muslin and leave to drain for 3 hours
3
Combine the candied citron, icing sugar and mint in a pestle and mortar and grind to form a paste. Weigh out 200g of the strained aubergine flesh and place in a bowl along with the paste. Stir until fully combined and refrigerate overnight until required
  • 30g of candied citron
  • 30g of icing sugar
  • 10 mint leaves
4
Preheat the oven to 200°C/gas mark 6
5
To prepare the smoked aubergine for the chocolate cake, arrange the halves on a baking tray and cook for 30–45 minutes, or until the skin is charred and the flesh is very soft
  • 1kg aubergine, halved lengthways
6
Meanwhile, prepare the chilli jam. Place all the ingredients in a large pan over a medium heat. Bring to the boil and cover the pan with a circle of baking paper. Turn the heat down as low as possible and cook gently for 1 hour
  • 1kg red pepper, deseeded and finely chopped
  • 260g of red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
  • 6g of bird's eye chillies, deseeded and finely chopped
  • 500g of caster sugar
  • 125ml of red wine
  • 125ml of red wine vinegar
  • 85ml of clear honey
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
7
Remove the cooked aubergine from the oven and place in a bowl, covering tightly with cling film. Once cool enough to handle, use a spoon to scoop out the flesh from the skins into a sieve. Discard the skins and leave the flesh to drain over a bowl or sink for 2–3 hours to remove any excess liquid
8
Once the jam has cooked remove the baking paper from the pan and allow to cook for a further 10–15 minutes to achieve a jam-like consistency – the mixture will continue to firm up as it cools, so ensure that it doesn't overcook at this stage
9
Leave the jam to cool in the pan then transfer to a sterilised jar or sealed container and reserve in the fridge until ready to use – the jam will keep for up to 2 weeks
10
Preheat the oven to 175˚C/gas mark 4 and line a tray with baking paper
11
Meanwhile, prepare the chocolate crumble. Combine the dry ingredients together in a food processor and pulse until combined. Add the diced butter and pulse again until the mixture resembles rustic breadcrumbs. Pour evenly across the lined tray and bake in the oven for 12–15 minutes until crunchy, storing in an airtight container until required once cool
  • 100g of icing sugar
  • 90g of flour
  • 10g of cocoa powder
  • 100g of ground hazelnuts
  • 10g of polenta, finely ground
  • 10g of butter, chilled and diced
12
Once the excess liquid has drained from the aubergine flesh transfer it from the sieve into a bowl or tray and finely chop. Stir through the chopped mint leaves and set aside until required
  • 4 mint leaves, finely chopped
13
Preheat the oven to 160°C/gas mark 4. Grease and line a 23cm cake tin with butter and baking paper
14
Place the butter and chocolate in a bowl set over a pan of barely simmering water, ensuring the bowl doesn't touch the water. Allow to melt gently, stirring the butter and chocolate together until fully combined. Remove the bowl from the pan and set aside to cool slightly
  • 200g of unsalted butter, plus extra for greasing
  • 225g of 70% dark chocolate
15
Meanwhile, whisk together the eggs and sugar in a large bowl for 10 minutes, or until pale and fluffy. Gently fold the melted chocolate mixture into the eggs, followed by the cocoa and ground hazelnuts
  • 6 eggs
  • 240g of caster sugar
  • 100g of cocoa powder
  • 140g of ground hazelnuts
16
Mix a little of the chocolate mixture with the aubergine and mint to loosen the texture slightly, then fold this through the rest of the chocolate mixture until fully combined
17
Pour into the prepared cake tin and bake for 60–90 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the middle of the cakes comes out almost clean – the cake should be cooked through but still be slightly moist. Leave to cool in the tin for 10 minutes then turn out on to a wire rack to cool completely
18
For the cocoa tuiles, place the fondant sugar in a small pan and warm over a gentle heat until it softens. Sift in the cocoa powder and mix in thoroughly until smooth and combined
  • 100g of fondant sugar
  • 30g of cocoa powder
19
While still warm, spread the mixture out on a silicone baking mat or large sheet of baking paper. Place another mat or layer of baking paper on top and roll out with a rolling pin to create a very thin layer. Allow to cool until firm and brittle, then snap into different shaped shards
20
To serve, dust the cake liberally with cocoa powder and slice into even portions. Spoon a little smoked aubergine purée onto each slice and sprinkle over chunky pieces of chocolate crumble, topping with shards of cocoa tuile. Serve with a spoonful of chilli jam on the side and a sprinkling of borage flowers to garnish
  • 1 tbsp of cocoa powder
  • borage flowers

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Ingredients

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Aubergine and chocolate cake

Smoked aubergine purée

Chilli jam

Chocolate crumble

Cocoa tuiles

To serve

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