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A few weeks ago I was watching a wonderful TV program called “Doco Chef”, on the documentary channel. One of the episodes, Willie’s Chocolate Factory, really got to me. It was a two part movie, documenting the story of Willie, an English man who lived with his family for many years in Venezuela, on cacao farms. He grew cacao beans and decided one day that he wanted to bring to England the best chocolate in the world. The movie documents the building and development of his factory and all of the hardships he faced on the way. The movie is wonderfully made, to the point where I really felt that I was experiencing Willie’s journey alongside with him.
When a friend of mine told me that she was going to London for the weekend, I immediately asked her to bring me a pack of his chocolate along with his second cookbook, “The Chocolate Bible”.
The book brought a huge smile to my face; it is not only photographed beautifully, but the recipes look delicious, in a way that only chocolate can. The book is sexy and dirty in a good way. This is not a book for bakers, but for foodies that love chocolate.
I chose this recipe because it brings me back about 20 years, to the old-school chocolate roulade with whipped cream. I had a feeling the chocolate roulade from the book would be a bit different from the ones I remember from my childhood.
Like I always do, I made the recipe exactly according to what was written, and truthfully, I wasn’t very pleased with the result. The roulade was just too chocolaty (if there is such a thing) and bitter. I know a lot of people prefer dark chocolate (72% cacao), but for cakes I prefer a little less bitter.
I made a few changes and it was perfect! And there is no flour in this recipe!
You can order Willie’s chocolate through his website, although it’s pretty pricy.
Chocolate Roulade with Whipped Cream and Strawberries
Ingredients for 8-10 servings
9 oz. dark chocolate, chopped (I prefer 60% cacoa)
6 eggs, yolks and whites separated
½ cup ground almonds
1 cup + 1 heaping tablespoon sugar
1 cup heavy cream
10 large strawberries, sliced