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Julia Child baking disaster - help please!

JoAnne | Jul 26, 2003 02:22 PM

Newly-married, baking-impaired, trying to impress in-laws. I found and tried a recipe from Baking With Julia. The recipe is called Boca Negra, is referred to as a 'cake' and (adding insult to my injury) is 'not a challenge for beginning bakers'. My self-esteem is now as flat as my cake! Basically, this cake is a mixture of 12 oz bittersweet chocolate, 1 1/3 cups sugar, 1/2 cup bourbon, 2 sticks butter and 5 eggs. The final ingredient is 1.5 tbs flour. It's baked in a water bath for 'exactly' 30 minutes. It came from the oven like pudding with a thin crust on top, which is as described. Then the problem - immediatley flipping it twice to get it out of the pan (upside-down) and then again onto a serving platter (rightside-up). It oozed all over the kitchen. My question - could I have cooled it in the pan before flipping, or possibly baked it and served it in individual ramekins? Tonight's dessert will be Boca Negra pudding - still good but not as expacted! Any advice greatly appreciated! (BTW - the white chocolate/bourbon cream to top it came out great!)

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