Food Thoughts has been working with Great British Chefs, the team of top chefs and food bloggers behind the fastest growing food website in the UK including Richard Corrigan, Peter Gordan and Marcus Wareing. Although an unusual-sounding combination, Francesco Mazzei’s rich and fudgy chocolate cake shows just how well smoky aubergine can work in a dessert. Making the most of the southern Italian love of mixing savoury and sweet, Francesco prefers to serve this dense cake (flavoured with both cocoa powder and dark chocolate) with a spicy-sweet chilli jam and crisp cocoa shards, although the cake is equally delicious on its own. The chilli jam recipe will make much more than needed, but it keeps well in the fridge and is wonderful with other savoury dishes.
ABOUT THE CHEF: Francesco Mazzei reminds us why we fell in love with Italian food in the first place, conjuring soulful dishes that put flavour first.