Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Balcony Woes, Shopping, Election,

So there was I,in a tizzy this morning, because I saw they were bringing their hoists right under our windows. I thought nobody had told us and we needed to clear out balcony. In the end, I called down to the guys below and they assured me they would only be working up to the 4th balcony. I had seen something about this on a notice but hadn't really taken it in that they would be coming round to us too. Seems a bit daft to me, they are cutting out the walls on balconies up to and including the 4th and then they have the balcony walls laid on the ground and someone is breaking them up by drilling them!! Not only that, having started to put up balcony walls across from us, they have stopped and left the job half finished. Doesn't seem like any rhyme or reason to me. We now have several tiers around the building where the balcony walls up to the 4th have been removed. This is where they were with the railings when I posted the pic a few days ago and this is where they still are. Of course what they were doing below us was bloody noisy.

So we went shopping. Spent a small fortune, but there were several items at 2 for $ but if you bought just one it was more expensive and although Matt didn't want me to pick them up, only the ones on my shopping list you understand, I did anyway. Why wouldn't I? In the long run it saves money.

Thank goodness the American election finally takes place next week. It will, at least, get resolved one way or another. Of course if HE loses he will say it was rigged.

The name of this blog includes the word Chocolate but I haven't posted anything chocolatey for a while. Here is something which really fills the bill.

Rich Chocolate Mousse Cake

This chocolate mousse cake is a patisserie-style glazed mousse torte. It does take some time to make, assemble and set, so start preparing it at least a day ahead of when you intend to serve it.

½ cup boiling water
2 oz unsweetened chocolate, chopped
¼ cup unsalted butter, cut into pieces
1 large large egg, at room temperature
½ cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 ¼ cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
¾ tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt
½ cup hot, strongly brewed coffee
3 cup whipping cream, divided
12 oz semisweet chocolate, chopped
3 large egg yolks, at room temperature
½ cup sugar
1/2 cup water
Chocolate Glaze
½ cup water
1 cup sugar
½ cup whipping cream
½ cup Dutch process cocoa powder, sifted
1 ½ Tbs unflavoured gelatin powder

1. For the cake, preheat the oven to 325 F. Grease 2 8-inch round cake pans, line the bottoms with parchment paper and then lightly dust the sides of the pan with flour, tapping out any excess. *Please note that only 1 cake layer is needed for this recipe, but it is easiest to make this recipe in its full measure and freeze the second cake for a later use.

2. Whisk the boiling water, chocolate and butter together until melted (it will be visibly grainy) and set aside.

3. Whip the egg, sugar and vanilla until the mixture doubles in volume (about 2 minutes on high speed) and then fold in the chocolate mixture by hand.

4. Sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt over the batter and fold in, then stir in the hot coffee (this will make the batter become fluid). Divide the batter evenly between the 2 pans.

5. Bake the cakes for about 25 minutes, until a tester inserted in the centre of the cake comes out clean. Allow the cakes to cool completely in the pans.

6. For the mousse, have ready a 9-inch springform pan, lining the bottom with parchment paper (in order to make the mousse-filled cake easier to remove from the pan). Whip 1 ½ cups of the whipping cream until it holds a medium peak when the beaters are lifted and chill.

7. Heat the remaining 1 ½ cups of cream to just below a simmer and then pour it over the chopped chocolate. Let this sit one minute, then gently stir until incorporated. Set aside.

8. Place the egg yolks in a bowl and whip for a minute on high speed. Place the sugar and water in a small saucepot over high heat and boil (occasionally brushing the sides of the pot with water) until it reaches 250 F on a candy thermometer. Start whipping the egg yolks on medium speed and then carefully pour the hot sugar down the side of the bowl to avoid splashing, and then increase the mixer speed until high and whip until this has doubled in volume and cooled to about 105 F (just above body temperature).

9. Measure the temperature of the ganache to ensure it is close to 105 F as well, and fold the ganache into the whipped yolks. Let this cool for 15 minutes, or until just above room temperature, then fold in the chilled whipped cream in 2 additions.

10. Pour half of the mousse into the ungreased springform pan. Slice one of the cake layers in half horizontally and place this over the mousse, as centred as possible. Pour the remaining mousse over the cake layer and gently place the other half of the cake layer on top, pressing gently just so the mousse covers the sides of the cake, but not so that it sinks in. Wrap the pan in plastic wrap and freeze the cake to set it, at least 4 hours, or overnight.

11. While the cake is setting, prepare the glaze. Bring the water, sugar, and cream to a boil in a medium saucepot. Once boiling, whisk in the cocoa powder and simmer (reducing the heat if needed) for 4 minutes, stirring often, (the consistency will not change). Remove from heat. Soften the gelatin in ¼ cup of cold water and then whisk this into the hot cocoa mixture until dissolved. Cool the glaze to room temperature, then chill completely, at least 3 hours.

12. To finish the cake, remove it from the freezer invert the pan onto a cooling rack placed over a parchment-lined baking tray. Use a hair dryer on a low, hot setting to gently warm the pan so that it releases from the pan, the sides first and then the top. Warm the chilled glaze while whisking occasionally until just melted and smooth and pour this over the torte, spreading gently with a spatula to ensure that it covers the top and sides of the torte evenly. Chill the cake for at least 30 minutes, then lift it onto your presentation plate and store chilled until ready to serve.

13. The cake will keep, refrigerated, for up to 4 days.

Servings: 12-16
Yield: Makes 1 9-inch cake

Author: Anna Olson

Have a great day


  1. No wonder you were a bit worried. It sounds like you're in for a noisy time. With luck they'll have to stop during the winter and give you a bit of a break.

    1. Funnily enough we have just received a notice to clear our balconies by tomorrow Helen. They are going to be working through the winter although obviously there will be downtime for snow and real freezing temps I assume.

  2. I can't wait for the election to be over too. It's been more than painful.

    That chocolate treat looks delicious. I just need someone to make it for me.

    1. You visit, I'll make it Liz.

      Painful is the right word.

  3. Sorry you're going to have to deal with the noise for a while.
    When he loses the election, it will be because he shot himself in the foot repeatedly over the past six months.

    1. Actually, I am not sure it's all that bad the way they are doing it now Alex. Cutting out the walls. Maybe if they drill the flooring next it will make a difference.

      Horrible man.

  4. Count your blessings. They are tearing up the roads around here and it is a nightmare. Yesterday they detoured the southbound traffic westward with no signage at all so folks couldn't even plan ahead to avoid the back-ups. I couldn't even turn out of my sub.

    1. Oh our roads have been torn up for years now Denise, building the LRT system that nobody wants. You can't go anywhere directly any more. Plus they are heaving up lots of other roads in the city as well. Never known so much roadwork to happen at once. Going to my doctor's office is different every time. I am told we can drive direct to our urologist now which will be a relief. Haven't been able to for a couple of years.

    2. I would love to live somewhere with a great rail system. I hate driving everywhere. I voted for the transport millage on the ballot and if we are lucky they will build a LRT here. Of course, it may not be completed in my lifetime

    3. Only trouble is Denise, the termini won't be anywhere near most of us. Most residents seem to hate the idea.

  5. I can't wait for the election to be over. Sounds like some inefficient construction work going on in your building.

    1. Me too Susan, and I am not an American. Not sure if it is efficient or not really. Puzzling maybe.

  6. I wish today was election day to get it overwith. It's been the worst.

    1. I am sure you do JoJo. Not long now though.

  7. Gosh, I wonder what will happen with the election. We Aussies are watching like hawks. We're all worried that HE will get in. Building nuclear fallout shelter as I write!

    1. OK for you guys, we are much close to prospective fall out Pinky.

  8. It always seems the way that only part is done and then one has to wait forever for them to finally finish it.I am crossing my fingers that Trumpaloid does not get in