I've wanted to make this cake for some time and finally had an occasion--an invitation to join friends for dinner and the admonition to bake only "if it makes you happy."
I love Dorie's recipes although many require multiple steps. I think most of her recipes are "four-bowl" recipes. This lovely, fudgey, chocolaty cake required a whopping eight bowls but it was well worth it!
You chop the prunes, then simmer them in water. (First pot.)
When most of the water has evaporated, you pour in the cognac and light it! Can you see the blue glow?
When the flame subsides, pour into a little bowl and allow to cool. (Second bowl--forgot to take a picture of my cute little blue pyrex bowl!)
Grind up pecans in the bowl of the Cuisinart (bowl #3) then mix with flour and salt in bowl # 4.
Melt the chocolate, butter, and a bit of water in a double boiler. (Fifth bowl.)
Meanwhile, whisk the egg yolks and sugar in another bowl (that's number 6).
Stir in the chocolate mixture, then the nut mixture, and then the prunes soaked in cognac.
Beat the egg whites in bowl #7.
Fold the whites into the cake batter.
Pour the batter into the springform pan (does that count as a bowl? I don't think so.) and bake. Allow to cool completely.
Make the glaze in bowl number 8 and smooth it over the cake. Beautiful and intensely delicious!