The Chocolate Dome
Author/Submitted by: Jessica Chaiken <11JCHAIKEN@GALLUA.GALLAUDET.EDU>
-----For The Cake-Baking Bowl-----
Fresh Orange Juice,
sweetened to taste
Fresh Green Leaves Such As Lemon, Orange O
in a fine sieve
Fresh Lemon Juice
Preparing the Genoise Sponge Cake: Preliminaries. Using the pastry
brush, butter an 8-inch (4 cup) stainless steel bowl (one you can bake in)
quite generously and coat with flour (knock out the excess).
Preheat oven to 350 F. Cake batter: Beat eggs and sugar in bowl of mixer
for 5 minutes until thick, fluffy and tripled in volume. Rapidly sift and fold
in flour with big rubber spatula and scoop batter into prepared bowl. bake in
middle level of preheated oven for 35 to 45 minutes until toothpick stuck in
middle comes out clean. Turn out onto rack to cool completely (1 hour)
Melt the chocolate: Bring 2 inches of water to simmer and set bowl over it,
add 5 oz of chocolate and remove from heat. When completely melted,
remove bowl from water and let cool to room temp.
Whip cream into soft peaks and set bowl over ice water. Fold half the
cream into cooled (but liquid) chocolate; when incorporated, fold in the rest
to complete the mousse.
Assembling the cake: (Taste the OJ to be sure it's sweet enough and add
Grand Marnier if desired. Shave off crusty top of cake (it won't absorb
the OJ) Use a serrated knife to slice the Genoise into 3 layers of equal
thickness. Line 8 inch bowl with plastic wrap. Fit round top piece of cake
into bowl, brush with about 4 tab of OJ. Spoon 1/3 of the mousse onto
soaked layer and strew on a handful of raspberries. Place the next layer
ontop of the mousse, brush with 1/3 cup of OJ and spoon on rest of mousse,
a handful of raspberries and put on the last layer of cake. Brusk on the last
of the juice.Bring the hanging edges of plastic over the top, cover with
another piece of plastic and refrigerate for several hours before decorating.
Making chocolate icing: Melt remaining chocolate in a bowl over simmering
water (same as mousse) Remove plastic covering from cake and unmold
domed-side up onto a rack, then peel off and discard plastic. Lightly dampen
your work surface so a 12 inch sheet of plastic wrap will adhere. Using
rubber spatula, spread a thin 10-11 inch disk of cool liquid chocolate in the
center of the sheet. Rapidly slide plastic ito the bowl, so chocolate disc
covers bottom and sides of bowl. gently drop the chilled cake, domed side
down, into bowl, fold plastic wrap over it and refrigerate.
Makeing chocolate leaves: Dip the inside of each leaf into remaining melted
chocolate and place on a plate, coated side up. Refrigerate until chocolate
Decorating cake: Remove cake from fridge and fold back wrap. Turn
domed-side up onto serving cake and lift off plastic wrap. Sprinkle with
dusting of powder. Make a ring of raspberries around edge of cake and pour
a little raspeberry sauce over them. Affix chocolate leaves to cake (with
melted chocolate, after you've removed the green part).
Puree raspberries with 1/2 cup sugar in a blender or food processor. Add
lemon juice, taste, adjust the flavor if necessary. Push the sauce through a sieve.
To cut the cake, keep a knife in hot water nearby, wipe it off before cutting.
Source: Cooking With Master Chefs by Julia Child]