My dear, poor, non-French people,
Non non non les amis! Pas seulement!
What she needs is also a recipe for an easy, festive and délicieux chocolate cake.
Un gâteau au chocolat, oui madame!
The one you can decide to bake from scratch at the last minute to celebrate a sister’s birthday, impress a mother in law, or comfort a friend (and/or yourself).
I’ve been looking for it everywhere, and I’m extremement happy to share my best find with you poor non-French people:
Le fondant au chocolat de Pierre Hermé
Tell his name to any French and perfect woman and she will faint quicker than an American teen in front of Justin Bieber…
(yes, there’s a fall, winter, spring, summer collection, just like haute couture).
Ah la la…
(rasberries and sweet rose cream flavoured with litchi in a sandwich of rose flavoured macarons)
or his incredible figs and foie gras macarons…
I for one am forever grateful for his great classic recipes in “Larousse des Desserts”, the French pastry cookbook bible…
And for this amazing and sooooo simple flourless chocolate cake.
Tons of butter, sugar and chocolate, but you just need a small bite to go straight to paradis: a place where everything is as cozy and comforting as the arms of an ideal prince charming…
The only important thing is to use the best chocolate you can find.
65% cocoa is obligatoire.
I chose to bake this one with my precious “Piment d’Espelette” chocolate that I snuggled from my last trip to the Basque Country.
The delicate red peppers add a twist of spice that I love.
If you can’t fly to La Confiserie Daranatz and buy this amazing chocolat right now, you can also just add a tablespoon of Piment d’Espelette or even paprika.
- Melt the chocolate and the butter in Bain Marie (sloooooowly, bathing a pan in another simmering water pan)
- Preheat the oven at 350°F
This gâteau is even better the next day.
You can add apricot jam for example, and of course icing.
But I love it like that, “raw”, with its cracks on the top…
Now have a bite.
Did I tell you what the name of the cake “fondant” means in French?
Now you know what a French and Perfect chocolate cake is…
Bon appétit les amis!