Oulala Gâteau au Chocolat

Oulala gâteau au chocolat! Welcome to my first official post on Cheapeats! I’m thrilled to guest blog for this web property for three reasons: 1) i love food.  2) enjoyment of food is very social and participatory for me 3) it inspires me to think that Cheapeats, Inc. could be raising awareness among the community on how to eat happy and healthy meals $25 and under in and around New York City. Plus, budget conscious dining-out and meal preparation is always helpful  in any economy.

The Gâteau au Chocolat recipe I am about to share is an originale from a dear friend’s family in France. Your first reaction is probably “oh zee French…that sounds really complicated!” I can assure you, it is super simple with preparation and baking time under 45 minutes once you’ve got the Gâteau au Chocolat groove down to a perfect T-square! After many gâteau mixes and practice, I am proud to say that I can bake this cake impromptu. I’ll even bake it for you on the spot should you swing by my pad someday. 🙂 Best of all, the aroma of chocolate in a New York apartment (or in any apartment) is soooo sexy, a prelude to a decadent finish.

What you’ll need

  • 1 lbs rich dark chocolate (I like using unsweetened 99% cocoa)
  • 1 stick of butter (unsalted)
  • 5 large eggs
  • 1/2 lbs fine white sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon of flour

Use a double-broiler to melt and mix the ingredients of a make-shift version (I usually use a non-stick pot and hold it 1/2 inch above the stove) to melt the chocolate, butter and sugar. Intense and consistent mixing is required. Put your passion in your gâteau! Meanwhile, as your chocolate silk is carefully woven into this image of lusciousness pre-heat the oven. A functional task, yet cannot be omitted. I am assuming that most New Yorkers have  a functional working oven — if not you can always ask a neighbor! Single ladies…a great excuse to get to know the cute guy neighbor down the door or a few floors up or down. Am sure he’d be more than happy to share his oven for a taste of your gâteau! Works for guys too! A man who bakes is always welcome to share my oven. Now back to the gâteau…

  • Slice the butter into your double-broiler and melt
  • Add the chocolate (break the chocolate into small pieces prior)
  • Melt and mix thoroughly
  • Add sugar and continue on mixing
  • Once blended, transfer the mixture to a mixing bowl (I usually skip this process and just mix everything in the pot!)
  • Add flour and mix well until smooth and creamy
  • Pour in a round 2-inch cake pan
  • Bake for 22 minutes or less
  • The center of the cake should be super moist…oozing chocolate when you slice/cut type of moist while the sides should be chewy
  • Serve plain

I prefer to serve it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, fresh raspberries and mint.

A few other serving variations, but this may take you over he $25 and under budget depending on where you shop.

  • Strawberry or raspberry coulis (this would be a different recipe post)
  • Homemade chocolate syrup and chocolate cake for a death by chocolate effect

Voila! Happiness $25, and under.

~ Jessica Valenzuela

 

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About The Author

A fierce love of food and twin careers in real estate and fashion taught Rose to look for the hottest item and the hottest deal. Perfect attributes for creating Cheapeatsinc.com. When friends and clients needed a great meal at a great price, she could rattle off restaurant names the way a sports nut ticks off batting averages—but with a lot more home runs. Now it’s all at Cheapeats, where you’ll find “Happiness, $25 and under.”

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