Saturday, March 28, 2009

Gâteaux Chocolat (Chocolate Cake)

Gâteaux ChocolatMarch 25 is Greece Independence Day and my husband’s name day. As I mentioned before, people in Greece eat cod fried in kourkouti. Of course I made this dish but beside this I decided to make something special, Gâteaux Chocolat. This is a very simple and easy chocolate cake, yet delicious. Make it a day before so that the taste would settle and be better.

Ingredients (a 9.25x5.25 loaf pan):
100g chocolate (semi-sweet dark chocolate is recommended)
50g butter
50 ml heavy whipping cream
3 eggs, separated
100g sugar
40g unsweetened cocoa powder
20g all-purpose flour
*Optional: 1tsp rum or brandy

1. Preheat oven to 350 F degrees.
2. Break the chocolate into small pieces and melt it with butter over hot water or using a microwave.
3. Beat the egg yolks with half of the sugar, mix with, heavy whipping cream, cocoa powder, flour, and rum (or brandy). Mix with the melted chocolate and butter.
4. Whip the rest of the sugar into the egg whites in a separate bowl until stiff and in peaks.
5. Slowly mix 3. with 4.Cook in the preheat oven for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, low the heat to 330 F degrees and back for 30 to 35 minutes.

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