Its been a while since I baked a good Bundt and I’m also getting into the spirit of things
And I’m thinking ahead now for the coming weeks. There is a rather long holiday time coming up what with Thanksgiving and Christmas all in the next few weeks. Now I’m getting the hang of this blog thing, I can try a little harder to plan for fourth coming events. But there’ll be always the opportunity for some very ad hoc baking. Oh and did someone mention National Bundt Day?
This Bundt (and remember to be a Bundt with a ‘t’ it has to be baked in a NordicWare Bundt pan) would make a great centre-piece for any table – festive or otherwise.
Those that bake with a Bundt, all have a favourite. But I hadn’t baked in this pan for a while – the Fleur De Lis.
Now my key for a successful Bundt is all in the preparation. As I have mentioned before a little extra time before making the mix, will help at the end of baking when you need to turn the finished bake out. So begin by brushing the entire inside of the pan with semi melted butter (get into EVERY nook and cranny) and the finish with a light dusting of gluten free flour. tap the pan to remove any large clumps of flour and let the excess fall out by turning the pan upside down.
Preheat the oven to Gas 3 / 140c
200g soft butter
180g soft brown sugar
60g dark brown sugar
1 tablespoon dark treacle
300g gluten free plain flour
300ml sour cream
200g blackberry’s (save at least 4 for decoration)
180g double cream
180g dark chocolate – broken up into small pieces to aid easy melting
Mix the flour, bicarb and cocoa and set to one side.
Start by beating the soft butter, sugars and treacle until light and fluffy. This should take about 5 minutes in order to fully break down the sugars and remove any lumps.
Beat in the eggs – 1 at a time – using a little flour to stop the mix curdling. Then add a third of the flour mix, mix in, then add in a third of the sour cream and repeat until all is thoroughly combined.
Start to fill the Bundt pan with about half of the mixture and then scatter over the blackberry’s, and finish with the remaining batter. Tap the pan on the work top gently so that you get the mixture into all the nooks and folds of the pan.
Place into the oven and bake in the middle of the oven for about 50 – 60 minutes, or until an inserted skewer comes out clean.
Once cooked leave to cool in the pan for NO MORE THAN 10 MINUTES. Place a wire rack over the pan and turn upside down as soon as the 10 minutes is up. This for me works wonders, never failed yet. Leave it in too long and you’ll run the risk of it sweating and the cake won’t come out in one piece.
Next I made a ganache to cover the entire Bundt.
Heat the cream in a saucepan, to just before boiling. Keep your eye on the cream and stir it, so that it does not stick to the saucepan. Then pour over the broken dark chocolate in a heat proof bowl and leave for a couple of minutes before whisking the ganache to fully melt the chocolate and create a lovely creamy truffle like mixture. Continue to beat until all the chocolate has fully melted. This should be good to go, but if it’s too runny leave to cool a little. The ganache needs to be runny enough to pour but thick enough to coat the cake and not completely run off.
Keeping the Bundt on the wire rack, place the rack onto a tray (to catch the falling ganache) and the pour the ganache all over the Bundt, letting it fall naturally and cover the cake.
Leave to set a little before decorating otherwise everything will just fall off. I decorated with the remaining blackberry’s, some Jelly Bean Company flavoured jelly beans – which are gluten free, some Cake Décor gold dust (it is a centre piece after all) and some gold pearl sugar decorations.
Gently lift off the rack when it’s all set and place on to the cake stand – cut and indulge.