Preparation time: 45 minutes
Cooking time: 25 minutes
Difficulty: Easy - for beginners
4 ounces fine quality bittersweet chocolate (not unsweetened) I like Green & Black's
1 stick unsalted butter (1/2 cup)
3/4 cup sugar
3 large eggs
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (again, I like Green & Black's)
Preheat oven to 375 and butter an 8 inch round baking pan. Line bottom with round of wax paper and butter paper.
Chop chocolate into small pieces. In a double boiler or metal bowl set over a saucepan of barely simmering water, melt chocolate with butter, stirring until smooth. Remove top of double boiler or bowl from heat and whisk sugar into chocolate mixture. Add eggs and whisk well. Sift 1/2 cup cocoa powder over chocolate mixture and whisk until just combined. Pour batter into pan and bake in middle of oven 25 minutes, or until top has formed a thin crust. Cool cake in pan on a rack 5 minutes and invert onto a serving plate.
Dust cake with additional cocoa powder and serve with a tart sorbet if desired.
Cake keeps after being cooled completed, in an airtight container for 1 week.