"I start with this because I think it is the essence of all that is desirable in chocolate its dark intensity isn't toyed with, nor upstaged by any culinary elaboration. This is the plainest of plain loaf cakes-but that doesn't convey the damp, heady aromatic denseness of it. To understand that, you just have to cook it. And as you'll see, that isn't hard at all.
I also think this makes a wonderful dessert, either by itself with ice cream or, as when my in-laws were around for lunch one Sunday, with a bowl of strawberries and a pitcher of white chocolate-rum custard. The latter is a fussier option, but there are times when that's, perversely, what we want.
But simply sliced, with a cup of tea or coffee, it's pretty damn dreamy: as damp and sticky as gingerbread and quite as aromatic. And I will confess that I absolutely love it spread with cold cream cheese."