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Nana Jose’s Flourless Chocolate Pecan Cake
Pastel de Chocolate y Nuez de la Nana Jose

Serves: 10

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Ingredients

1/4 cup unsalted butter, plus 1 tablespoon for buttering the pan

6 ounces bittersweet chocolate

1 cup pecans

6 large eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup sugar

Pinch of kosher or coarse sea salt

Confectioners’ sugar (optional)

Lightly sweetened whipped cream (optional)

Berries (optional)

To Prepare

Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter a 9-inch springform pan and line bottom with parchment paper.

Bring about 2-inches of water to a simmer in the bottom half of a double boiler or in a medium saucepan. Place the top half of the double boiler, or a metal bowl or heatproof pan if not using a double boiler, over the simmering water and melt together the chocolate and the 1/4 cup butter. Set aside to cool.

Using a blender, chop the pecans finely. Add the eggs, vanilla, sugar, salt and melted chocolate mixture, blending until smooth. Pour the batter into the buttered springform pan and bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out moist but not wet, about 40 minutes.

Once it has cooled a little, run the tip of a knife around the pan and release the cake from the pan. Invert onto a plate, and then again, or serve directly onto plates if left on bottom part of springform pan. If desired, sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar and serve with whipped cream and berries.

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Comments

nana jose has a gem of a cake here! truly simple to make. used extra bitter chocolate. so delicious! thank you!

Good idea!



Can you please modify recipe if using a 10-1/4″ spring form pan instead? Or your best judgement.
Thank you!
LMC

Lisa,
I’d just remove it form the oven 5 to 6 minutes before: give it a try!

Thanks Pati, but I ruined it a bit; went 10 over and did not use bittersweet, but organic without any sugar in it, chocolate;, adding a bit more sugar to compensate. Was too dry; my fault.
Was so simple and yet my thoughts were elsewhere.. Will try another time.




Patti – best and easiest cake I have ever made.


I am hooked on Pati’s show and cannot wait until the next episode. I was the star of our Sunday family dinner thanks to Nana Jose’s Flourless Chocolate Pecan Cake. I’m not telling my family how ridiculously easy this was to make.

So glad to hear Cindy! Let them think you slaved at it…



Can I substitute almonds for the pecans and still expect good results?
My wife hates “oily” nuts like walnuts and pecans. But she will eat almonds.

Absolutely!



Pati,

Love this recipe. Saw you on Create TV last weekend. I have made it 3 times all ready. Family loves it. It is so easy. We have pecan trees and we raise chickens so we have lots of eggs. Perfect recipe.

Nancy

Perfect!



My husband who happens to be from mexico city loves this cake, but says to him it tastes more like a brownie. Is it suppose to taste like a browniebor did I do something wrong?


My husband who happens to be from mexico city loves this cake, but says to him it tastes more like a brownie. Is it suppose to taste like a brownie did I do something wrong?

It does taste a bit like brownie, Samantha!!



Question – Do you serve this hot, right out of the oven, or does it need to be totally cooled?

You can serve it hot, warm or cold! Doesn’t need to be totally cooled at all.



Pati,
Loved this show. I made the Coctel de Camarones and it was delicioso. Tonight I am trying the flourless chocolate cake. It sounds wonderful!

Thank you for watching, Judi!! So happy to hear you are trying recipes.



I made this on Friday and all I can say is:”thank you Nana Jose!” This is so delicious that every time you walk through the kitchen you want a little pinch of that cake. I really think it improves over the next day. Also, this is the easiest cake I have ever made.


Pati,
Esta increible el pastel y muy facil. Me encantan todas tus recetas; tengo tu libro. Las medidas siempre estan correctas y todas las recetas estan deliciosas.
MG

Que bueno que te gustan! Espero que pruebes muchas más!



I love you show, especially all the footage from your travels….

Thank you!!



can this be made for a diabetic?

Hola Sharon, You may try it with the sugar substitute of your choice instead of using sugar. However, I would only use half amount or less of sugar substitute, since sugar substitutes tend to be much sweeter than sugar.



Love watching you cook! Your recipes are so easy and delicious…

Gracias, Mary!



Dear Pati
I truly love watching your shows. I love how you are so proud of being Mexican and you enlighten your view of the beauty of Mexico and wonderful qualities!!! Thanks you again for being you!

Perla Marina

Thank you so much, Perla, for tuning in. You are so kind to leave me this lovely message!



I used Stevia instead of the sugar, as you suggested and my friend really enjoyed it.


I wish Patty would make this cake without butter. Maybe she could revise this recipe, and use apple sauce, or pears, or…..something so the cake would be reduced fat.

Robert: you should play with it and let me know how you like it!



really; I found the flourless, chocolate cake. have to try this and the pacifica shrimp cocktail… can’t wait till the weekend to get my ingredients!

looking forward to tasting these fab dishes… first time to see your show last Saturday…
thanks
Ruthie

Thanks for watching, Ruthie!



As the (middle-aged) child of an excellent cook who loves to experiment, I was raised on international cuisine. The ingredients for this cake are so similar to the classic French flourless chocolate cake – but it’s simplicity make it very Impossible Pie-like. I am hoping it will become a family favorite for my own foodies. Thanks for the passion you bring to your show and to sharing with us the joy you bring to your family table. It is so evident in your show.

Hola Leanne, Thank you so much for your comments! Hope your family likes the chocolate cake, too; let me know what they think…



Patti, this cake is a winner. I made it tonight and my husband asked for seconds. Thank you for sharing!

Well, my husband finishes right in front of me if I don’t take it away… Glad it works for yours too!



Made this today and it is absolutely delicious! This will become a staple in my house, great recipe. Try it, you won’t regret it.


Thank you for this easy and reliable recipe. We can’t eat grain and we missed having a luxurious treat. This cake fills every craving. I added a little extra cocoa powder and this gives it a more cake-like consistency. Everyone should try this recipe at least once (but it will probably become a staple). Gracias, Pati….me encanta tu programa!

Gracias, Pilar!!



Pati,

You are so sweet and cheerful, it is wonderful to see your enthusiasm for life. I am making this cake soon. Thank you so much!
Patricia

Thanks Patricia! I hope you like it… my husband LOVES it.



Just wondering if this can be made without the nuts, or if the cake will fail without the nuts (with so few ingredients I imagine they might be an important part of the cake’s structure)? I have a nut-free family but would love to try this…

This looks really good to me too! I have a child with a nut allergy. I’m gonna try using sunflower seeds, instead. It just might work. I’ve made sunbutter cookies, and they taste pretty good. So maybe that substitution will work.

Hola Priscilla, Go for it!! Let me know how it turns out with the sunflower seeds…


That is a GREAT idea!




as a fan of yours and your show since the beginning, i must tell you how much i’m enjoying season 3! .. luv seeing your sons and hubby – and your visits to mexico, your family there (esp papa ;-) .. you enlighten me about all the choices i have at good mexican restaurants .. and your simpler recipes inspire me to do mexican at home more often.

i’m not a confident baker so this easy dessert goes into my MAKE SOON file ..
thank you, pati!


Saw your show the other day. Tried your receipt and agree it couldn’t be simpler or more delicious. Thanks !

Great to hear, Dan!



Delicioso!!!!! Me pregunto si podría hacerlo sin chocolate para que solo fuera de nuez, añadiendo un poco mas de nuez, qué opinas?

Hmmmm, quieres probar un pastel sólo de almendra? Mira, Yazmin: http://www.patismexicantable.com/2011/04/flourless_almond_and_porto_cake/



Looks delicious!! I will do this recipe instead of the cake from the box, can’t wait to surprise the hubby. Thanks again for the wonderful Mexican recipes you showcase on your show. Gracias por la presentacion!! Felicidades!!

Muchas gracias, Jackie! I am pretty sure you will love this cake… we LOVE it at home!



Hi Pati , enjoy watching your show. Excited to try your flourless chocolate cake . I have made your choco-flan and family loved it. Thanks for sharing your recipes. Rose

Thank you, Rose!! So happy your family liked the chocoflan; let me know how the cake turns out!



Pati, thank you so much for the recipe. It sounds soo good. (I can’t eat the hot stuff.)
Just wondering, how do you happen to be in DC?
So glad for your show.
Thanks again, Virginia.

Thank you, Virginia! I hope you try the cake sometime. I moved to DC many years ago with my husband and oldest son.



I love that you are in Michoacán for your third season! My husband is from there. I am ready to print some more of your wonderful recipes to comfort my husband from missing home. Thank you for all your hard work:)

With pleasure!



A really great and simple recipe. I’ve made it about 3 times so far. Each time was a bit different. The first time I stuck to the recipe exactly and it came out fantastic. Then for the other two I used Coconut oil rather than Butter (Works almost as well since both are solid at cooler temperatures although Coconut oil does begin to melt sooner than butter) and substituted Almonds for the Pecans (Although Pecans are a natural mix with the cocoa since they have a dark Maple type of flavor). Basically you can play endlessly. I should also note that I use Dutch Processed Baking Cocoa Powder. Works really well. I may be putting too much since it is pure Cocoa Powder and this makes the cake a bit more bitter and less sweet but this is desired by my wife and I.

Thank you for the recipe Pati. I look forward to all of your other recipes.

Hi Sidney, Great that you are experimenting with this recipe! Thank you for sharing!!



has anyone tried it with coconut flour?


Hi Pati, just made this for my family. It comes together so quickly and tastes great! I topped it with whipped cream and raspberries. For next time, I’m thinking almonds and orange . . . the possibilities are endless!

Hola Jen, So happy your family enjoyed the cake! Sounds delicious with almonds and orange…go for it!



Hi Pati,

This is the fourth recipe I’ve tried from your show… I made it today because my husband and I had some friends over. I topped it with the confectioners’ sugar… Another instant hit!! I love that your recipes are not hard to follow, and they taste amazing!! I love love LOVE your show!!

I am so happy you are trying more of my recipes!




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