Thursday, July 7, 2011

If They Can't Join You, Rub It In!

If you follow me on twitter, you've probably noticed that I almost always include smiley faces, lol's, and exclamation points in my tweets.  That's because I love to have fun and also  hate uncomfortable situations, so I usually just 'joke' them away. I really have a strange and sarcastic sense of humour, but smokin hot wife says it's why she loves me, so I'm not changing!  Seriously, if you fell down the stairs I'd be the first one running to help, but I'd be laughing my butt off the whole time. That may seem cruel, but you know it's funny! If it makes you feel better, I've fallen down stairs and laughed at myself, too.  The problem with wit, sarcasm, and humour, however, is that it doesn't always translate well in written form. Sometimes I get responses that leave me wondering whether the recipient really understood or if they're staring at the screen dumbfounded, like a mule staring at a new gate. Don't get me wrong, I've owned a business and even been president of an industry association, so I can be serious and mature if I have to. But if I don't have to, I'd rather not, thank you.

With that in mind, you'll better understand the reasoning for this Flourless Choco Banana Torte post. You see, smokin hot  and I are leaving Saturday for a cruise to the Bahama's and Grand Turk and her co-workers are super jealous, so I've been doing my best to rub it in and pick on them every chance I get. Yes, it's mean, but it's how I roll, and they know I'm doing it all in fun. They crack on me too  when they can, so it's all good. In a weak moment, however, I was feeling sorry for heading off to a tropical paradise without them and decided to make a feeble attempt at reconciliation for my childish ribbing. So, in my infinite generosity,  I made them this cake to hopefully ease their suffering while thinking of us sitting around a pool or walking on tropical beaches sipping cool drinks with fancy umbrella's.  It needed to be something elegant and decadent because everyone raves about the wonderful food on cruises, but also something tropical to represent the Bahamas. Thus, I chose the banana variation of this wonderfully decadent and rich dessert.

Banana's and chocolate are one of my favorite combinations. Choco banana milkshakes, chocolate covered frozen banana's, banana splits with chocolate get my drift!  They just go together like bacon & eggs, baguettes & butter, and rednecks & four wheel drives. When I see one, I instantly think of the other. Eating a slice of this cake makes me smile like a baker with a new mixer, and it's so simple to make yet impressive enough for the most discriminating guests.

Flourless Choco Banana Torte:

2 lb Semisweet Chocolate (chopped or pieces) 
4 oz unsalted butter
1 lb eggs
1 medium banana- mashed/pureed

Some of my pic's 'dissappered' magically, so imagine a pic here of a plate with a mashed banana on it!


Grease a 9 inch cake pan, put a parchment circle in the bottom, then grease the liner.

Using a double boiler, melt the chocolate and butter. Remove from heat and add eggs in fifths. Stir until smooth after each addition. Finally, add the banana puree and mix smooth. (pic of batter was lost too, sorry)

Pour the batter into greased cake pan and bake at 350 F in a water bath for 25-30 min. until just firm to the touch but not spongy.

Allow to cool 15 minutes, then run a knife around the edge of the pan and turn out onto plate. Let cool COMPLETELY.

My bottom edges spread a little because I used an 8inch pan and dumped it early due to time constraints. But, I'm a rebel!. Do as I say and not as I do, and you'll be fine :-)

When completely cool and just before serving, top with powdered sugar, fresh fruit, or any option that appeals to YOU.

Another favorite serving option is to place the cake on a glazing screen and cover with a simple chocolate ganache (equal parts dark chocolate and heavy cream). Double Yum!

Also, other fruit purees and/or liqueurs can be used to create endless variation. Don't be scared to experiment.

Warning: This cake is super dense and luscious, but oh so rich!!

Hopefully this will earn me a semblance of redemption for reminding our friends of all the fun we'll be having while they're at work!  What's your favorite chocolate/fruit combination?


  1. I love banana and chocolate too! The torte looks delicious alan!

  2. torte with banana & chocolate looks yummy :D

  3. you've caught the banana love! And I'm all for your smileys and happy faces!!! And hey, whoever doesn't love you for your sarcasm, can just unfollow! I love it!

  4. Sounds fantastic - I love banana and chocolate together. Have a wonderful time on the cruise!

  5. beautiful tart have a fun trip and so sweet of you to make it

  6. This looks delicious! You and Smokin Hot have a fantastic cruise!! Make sure you bring back photographs for us to be all jealous about, okay?

  7. Oh - glorious! I want to try this... now?!? I see a banana virus going around and I want in. Question: I'm hosting a brunch-themed dinner club party in August - do you think this would be good as the dessert? Fruity?

  8. Banana bug swirling twitterverse! So fun to have you there for the banter and chatter and much fun. Have a great vacay with your lovely wife!! The dessert looks scrumptious!

  9. wow, flourless chocolate cake! i've heard so much about this from friends. looks beautiful!!! i can only imagine how rich and decadent it is!

  10. looks super yummy...this one's a keeper..
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    Am your happy follower now..:)
    do stop by mine sometime..
    Tasty Appetite

  11. Wish I had a slice right now!
    Looks fantastic!

  12. Welllll....I did laugh pretty hard when my 6'8" husband stumbled back and fell, and hit his head bad. Long story.....but he ended up in hospital, so me laughing.....well he will never let me forget it, LOL!

    Your cake looks fantastic! Have a safe, and fun trip:-)
    Hugs, Terra

  13. Loved your serving options! Your cake looks delicious. I wish I were your neighbour!

  14. Chocolate flourless cake is one of my weaknesses. It is the sole remedy for a broken heart, or a wounded ego:) I cannot afford to be jealous about your impending cruise, as I am taking odd to Europe in a week, but I wouldn't mind milking the sentiment if it would get me some of the dark chocolate goodness. As we do not live close by, I'll just wish you and your hot smokin' mama a great trip south:)

  15. I wholeheartedly agree with your approach. Life is too short to be serious all the time. I think it's sweet that you made her co-workers a treat. I love when people bring treats to the office. Such a nice surprise.

  16. Mmm...chocolate and banana are definitely a match made in heaven! This sounds incredible!
    I'd take this as a consolation prize for not going on that trip! Have a great time...

  17. What lucky coworkers to get such a delicious consolation price! And lucky you! Hope you and "Smokin' Hot" enjoy your trip!!!

  18. Sounds lovely. I have the same sense of humor, and understand what you mean about people not getting it. Have fun on your trip!


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