Tuesday, February 19, 2008

TWD: Almost Fudge Gateau

running out of time!

Otherwise known as: how much willpower does Caitlin have? Grr to my stupid idea to give up chocolate for Lent! I wasn't even going to make this because of the complete lack of time this week, followed by the wish not to have such tempting yumminess in my apartment for any length of time. Unfortunately for me, I read waaayy too many of the amazing TWD posts. Fie! Fie on you all for having baked such amazingly tasty looking treats!

But hey, at least I'm not skipping a week, and I think I'll be freezing this cake for when Easter comes around... chocolate, here I come! I decided to use round cookie cutters to cut out small individual portions of the cake, given how dense and rich it is (9 oz of chocolate + 5 eggs, anyone?) The ganache just made everyone's look so classy, but I'm afraid that freezing them with it on would lead to unfortunate results, so mine will be nekkid heading into the fridgidaire.

I ended up with 12 ~2" diameter cake rounds, all of which must wait until Easter to be defrosted and devoured! But look how cute they are! Don't forget to check out all of the amazing creations by my baking buddies!

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 (optional)
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.

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 Optional 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.

Last week: Brown Sugar-Apple Cheesecake

Next week: Pecan Sour Cream Biscuits


Di said...

I love the butterfly plate and mug! That picture looks yummy. I'm glad you got to make the cake, but I sad that you're going to have to wait to taste it. It's funny--my birthday is in the latter part of February, so when I was a kid, what I gave up for Lent depended on whether my birthday was before or after Ash Wednesday...

chelley325 said...

Kudos to your will power! And it looks like the top of your cake cracked just perfectly!

TPOX said...

I love the idea of cutting the little rounds! So cute and perfect for freezing!

lemontartlet said...

Went ahead and put mine in the freezer with the ganache on. It worked out very well, no problems at all when I took it out. Your cake looks so adorable!

April said...

I am impressed with your will power!! The individual sized cakes are really cute!

Sweet and Savory Eats said...

Glad you decided to freeze and eat it later rather than just letting someone else eat it. It is chocolate heaven!

Jhianna said...

I bet it will taste fantastic when you do eat it!

(And wow for not even tasting the cracked bits!)

Peabody said...

The tiny ones were so cute.

Tartelette said...

YOu did a fabulou job! I admire your following Lent. The minis are just adorable!

Melissa said...

Great idea for cutting and freezing!