June 17, 2008

Almost-Fudge Gâteau: A Tuesdays with Dorie Rewind

Ok, so, for this week's Tuesdays with Dorie post I was supposed to make the Peppermint Cream Puff Ring as chosen by Caroline of A Consuming Passion. But, I didn't want to make a peppermint cream puff ring. It's not that I don't like peppermint or cream or puff...it's just that most of the desserts I make sit around for a while before I can eat all of it. Or else I take pieces to my friends. And, I didn't think that a cream puff was something that would survive a few days.

Instead, I made one of the previous TWD selections...Almost-Fudge Gâteau (chosen by Nikki of Crazy Delicious Food in February).


According to wiseGeek, "A gâteau (pronounced ga-toe) is a French cake, often specifically a sponge cake that may be made from almond flour instead of wheat flour. In general terms, any cake in France may be considered a gâteau, but some French cakes are more gâteau than cakes you might see in other parts of the world. Yet if you order any kind of cake in France, you will be ordering a gâteau."

Dorie's recipe is a thick, one-layer chocolate cake with a ganache glaze. It reminds me of a flourless chocolate cake...only with flour. But, it's got that rich, thick, fudgey texture. So good. So easy. So pretty!


By the way, TWD'ers have been asked not to post the recipes anymore. That makes sense to me, since there are so many people now and eventually we'll bake everything in the book. BUT...since this is a previous recipe that's been posted by a bunch of people already, I decided to go ahead and include the full recipe here. (In the future, I'll link to each week's host as they are allowed to post the recipe.)

Almost-Fudge Gâteau

5 large eggs
9 ounces bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
1 cup of sugar
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into chunks
2 tablespoons coffee or water
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
Pinch of salt

For the Glaze
4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
½ cup heavy cream
2 teaspoons light corn syrup

Getting Ready:

Center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter a 9-inch springform pan, line the bottom with parchment paper, butter the paper, dust the inside of the pan with flour and tap out the excess. Place the pan on a baking sheet lined with parchment or a silicone mat.

Note: I only buttered & floured my pan...no parchment...and the cake just came right out when I turned it over after baking.

Separate the eggs, putting the whites in a mixer bowl or other large bowl and the yolks in a small bowl.

Set a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water and add the chocolate, sugar butter and coffee. Stir occasionally until the chocolate and butter are melted; the sugar may still be grainy, and that’s fine. Transfer the bowl to the counter and let the mixture sit for 3 minutes.

Using a rubber spatula, stir in the yolks one by one, then fold in the flour.

Working with the whisk attachment of the mixer or a hand mixer, beat the egg whites with the pinch of salt until they hold firm, but glossy peaks. Using the spatula, stir about one quarter of the beaten whites into the batter, then gently fold in the rest. Scrape the butter into the pan and jiggle the pan from side to side a couple of times to even the batter.

Bake for 35 to 45 minutes, or until the cake has risen evenly (it might rise around the edges and you’ll think it’s done, but give it a few minutes more, and the center will puff too) and the top has firmed (it will probably be cracked) and doesn’t shimmy when tapped; a thin knife inserted into the center should come out just slightly streaked with chocolate. Transfer the pan to a cooling rack and let the cake rest for 5 to 10 minutes.

Run a blunt knife gently around the edges of the cake and remove the sides of the pan. Carefully turn the cake over onto a rack and remove the pan bottom and the parchment paper. Invert the cake onto another rack and cool to room temperature right side up. As the cake cools, it may sink.

To Make the Glaze:


First, turn the cooled cake over onto another rack so you’ll be glazing the flat bottom, and place the rack over a baking sheet lined with parchment or wax paper to catch any drips.

Put the chocolate in a small heatproof bowl.

Melt the chocolate over a pan of simmering water or in a microwave oven – the chocolate should be just melted and only warm, not hot. Meanwhile, bring the cream to a boil in a small sauce pan. Pour the hot cream over the chocolate and stir very gently with a rubber spatula until the mixture is smooth and shiny. Stir in the corn syrup.

Pour the glaze over the cake and smooth the top with a long metal icing spatula. Don’t worry if the glaze drips unevenly down the sides of the cake – it will just add to its charms. Allow the glaze to set at room temperature or, if you’re impatient, slip the cake into the refrigerator for about 20 minutes. If the glaze dulls in the fridge, just give it a little gentle heat from a hairdryer.



Prudy said...

I've been eying that gateau and I want it! It looks gorgeous and elegant.

Jacque said...

Oh WOW!!! That looks downright sinful! Great job.

Jules Someone said...

I went with another recipe this week as well. Your cake looks fudgy and delicious! Yum!

Anonymous said...

Your cake looks great!

LyB said...

OK, now I HAVE to make that gâteau, like, now! It looks fabulous!

Anonymous said...

Ah, I know a husband who'd like this one. Looks amazing!

Sherry Trifle - Lovely Cats said...

This looks wonderful - a lovely crumb and very tempting ganache. I think I will also make this as a catch-up as I joined in March/April.

Jaime said...

wow, look at how that chocolate glistens!