Over the weekend I finished reading Elizabeth Bard's memoir Lunch in Paris, and all I can say is "J'adore"! It's one of the funniest books I've read in a while. My fiancé kept asking me why I was laughing out loud but I simply couldn't help myself, especially because I absolutely recognized myself in Elizabeth's story. So many of her Parisian experiences were once mine: the first encounter with French bureaucracy, an impossible real estate market, carving my own career path and that famous French "shrug" telling me "who the hell are you"? It felt like Elizabeth was writing about me!
This book brings together two things that will always make me immensely happy: Paris and French food, so don't even get me started on all the tempting and mouthwatering recipes scattered across the pages. As a true chocoholic, I couldn't resist making one of the recipes straight away: le gateau au chocolat qui tue (or the French equivalent of Death by chocolate). It's an extremely easy dessert and such a crowd pleaser! I made only a small batch (6 cakes) and I had a really hard time resisting the temptation to devour them all, straight from the oven! These little chocolate cakes are beyond delicious all by themselves, but you can also serve them with a spoonful of crème anglaise, or a touch of vanilla ice cream. Just remember, simplicity is key!
Le gateau au chocolat qui tue
* 75g of dark chocolate (70% of cocoa)
* 75g of butter
* A pinch of sea salt (fleur de sel)
* 2 eggs
* 1/6 cup of sugar
* 1 tablespoon flour
1. Preheat the oven to 220°C.
2. Melt chocolate and butter together in bain-marie. Add salt.
3. Beat together eggs and sugar until they're slightly foamy.
4. Add the egg mixture to the warm chocolate and whisk to combine. Then add flour and gently stir in.
5. Butter generously a baking sheet for cupcakes and divide the batter evenly among the molds.
6. Bake cakes for 7-8 minutes, let cool down a little bit before unmoulding them.
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