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Author Notes: The main feature of this chocolate cake is a creamy inside covered by a crunchy outside.
Tenerina is a traditional cake from Ferrara, a city in Emilia-Romagna - Italy. It is the nominated city of the Renaissance by Unesco for its well preserved historical buildings and for being a centre that attracted the greatest minds of the Italian Renaissance in the 15th and 16th centuries. —mad&delicacy
grams butter (at room temperature/soft) cut in small pieces
tablespoons all-purpose flour
grams quality dark chocolate (70%)
icing sugar to decorate
- Break the chocolate in small pieces and melt it a bain-marie (place it into a bowl suspended over a saucepan of simmering water, stir occasionally) or in microwave until smooth, shiny and glossy. While the chocolate is melting, in a bowl whip egg whites with a pinch of salt until forming stiff and firm peaks. Melt the butter into the hot chocolate, stir well and and let it cool. Preheat the oven at 180 °C. In a separate bowl beat the sugar and yolks until creamy and smooth, then sift the flour straight into the bowl, and mix again (all lumps have to be gone). Add the chocolate and butter mixture and beat it until homogeneous and fluffy. Slowly incorporate the white eggs with a mixing – spoon going up to down into it. Butter and flour a 24 cm diameter cake pan, pour the dough into it and cook for 25 – 30 min. When completely cool dust with icing sugar.