BINGHAMTON, NY (WSKG) — The race for New York’s 22nd Congressional District has drawn national attention as court determinations of roughly 2,000 ballots keep the race neck-and-neck. Set the pan on the prepared baking sheet and bake until the cake barely jiggles when the pan is gently shaken, about 45 minutes. A deceptively simple to make French chocolate cake that is flourless. We forgo the classic ganache coating and opt to use quickly candied orange zest for a garnish that adds contrasting color and texture. The batter will be thick. But it won’t look nearly as busy this year. Measure 3 tablespoons of the juice into a medium saucepan. Save this Bête noire recipe and more from Christopher Kimball's Milk Street Magazine, Nov/Dec 2019 to your own online collection at EatYourBooks.com Gently tap the sides of the pan to remove any air bubbles, then use the back of a spoon to smooth the surface. Pour into the prepared springform pan. We bring a uniquely complex flavor to our version by caramelizing sugar with black peppercorns before dissolving the caramel with orange juice and bourbon. Cover loosely and store at room temperature until ready to serve. Scrape the bowl to ensure no pockets of flour or rum remain. If you have a dark, non-stick cake pan (which transfers heat more quickly than lighter aluminum) reduce the temperature to 325°F and bake for the same time. According to data from the Campaign Finance Institute, other than a race for New Mexico’s 2nd Congressional District, more independent money has been spent for Democrat Anthony Brindisi and Republican Claudia Tenney combined than for any House race in the nation. While the cake cools, transfer the zest strips from the strainer to a small, shallow bowl, removing and discarding any peppercorns stuck to them. Remove the sides of the springform pan. Line the bottom of the pan with kitchen parchment, then butter the parchment. Add the bourbon to the remaining juice in the measuring cup, then add enough water to equal 1 cup total liquid; set aside. Remove from the heat and stir in the bitters. Bring to a simmer over medium and cook for 2 minutes. Start to finish: 1 hour 40 minutes, plus cooling and chilling. Finally, don’t allow the cake to cool before brushing on the syrup; absorption is better if the cake is still hot. Remove the zest strips from the sugar and shake off excess sugar; reserve the sugar for another use. Pour the glaze onto the center of the cake, then use an offset spatula or the back of a spoon to spread the glaze toward the edges, allowing just a small amount to drip down the sides. Let stand at room temperature to set the glaze, about 1 hour. Remove the sides of the springform pan. If storing for longer, cover and refrigerate (up to three days), but bring to room temperature before serving. Gâteau Nantais originated in Nantes in western France. Immediately pour the hot sugar syrup through the strainer into the chocolate-butter mixture; reserve the strained solids. If it is too thick, whisk in additional lemon juice ½ teaspoon at a time to attain the proper consistency. Generously butter the bottom and sides of a 9-inch round cake pan. Add the beaten eggs to the chocolate mixture and stir with the spatula until homogeneous and glossy, 2 to 3 minutes. With the mixer running on low, gradually add the all-purpose flour and mix until incorporated, then slowly add the rum and beat just until combined. Watch as she shares her Bête Noire just in time for # ValentinesDay . Halve the orange and juice it into a liquid measuring cup. Sprinkle the strips with the 70 grams (⅓ cup) sugar, then toss until the strips are completely coated. Originally published on November 26, 2020 3:31 pm Don’t use a whisk to combine the ingredients for the batter; a large silicone spatula is better. About 2 hours before serving, remove the cake from the refrigerator. Jostle the bowl to ensure the chocolate and butter are fully covered with syrup, then let stand for 2 to 3 minutes. Cover loosely and store at room temperature until ready to serve. Heat the oven to 275°F with a rack in the middle position. Set the pan on the prepared baking sheet and bake until the cake barely jiggles when the pan is gently shaken, about 45 minutes. Though the cake requires at least 4 hours of chilling to fully set, it’s best served at room temperature, so be sure to remove the cake from the refrigerator at least two hours before serving. Set over medium-high and cook, without stirring but occasionally swirling the pan, until the sugar dissolves, 1 to 2 minutes. NPR and PBS affiliate. Arrange the zest slivers on the cake around the edges. Gently tap the sides of the pan to remove any air bubbles, then use the back of a spoon to smooth the surface. 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