Chocolate Gâteau with Crème Anglaise, Plus a Giveaway!

CATEGORIES: Cakes and Cupcakes, Kate

So can we discuss chocolate? How Sara and I love all things chocolate? All the brownies and the double-chocolate cookies and the hot chocolate? How we both have entire cookbooks devoted to chocolate? How we have secret stashes of the good stuff tucked into the back corners of our pantries for emergency chocolate-related situations? So when American Heritage Chocolate asked us to share a recipe from their new book, we jumped at the chance.

AHC_GMCH Book[1][1][1] Part history book (it’s actually published by National Geographic!), part cookbook, this was a fascinating peek into the past of one of my favorite things, plus it’s full of incredible recipes like the Chocolate-Raspberry Silk Tart, Chocolate Tres Leches Cake, Double Chocolate Chip Cookies, and this Fine Chocolate Gâteau with Crème Anglaise (which is basically a fancy way of saying “dense, fudgy, almost-gooey chocolate wedges with creamy vanilla custard sauce.”)

We’re giving away a copy of the book ($19.95), plus a chunk of American Heritage Chocolate (for baking–it’s amazing…not bitter, but it has really nice fruity and spicy notes; I definitely tasted some cinnamon in there; it’s priced at $12) as well as a canister of their chocolate drink ($22). To enter, use this Rafflecopter: a Rafflecopter giveaway
To make this gâteau, you’re going to need butter (lots of it…1 1/4 cups, which equals 2 1/2 sticks), 16 ounces of bittersweet chocolate or American Heritage Chocolate, 7 room temperature eggs, sugar, vanilla extract, flour, salt, and, if you’re feeling it, a little bit of cinnamon.

To make the cake, position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees F. Butter and flour the inside of a 9″ springform pan,

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then sprinkle with flour…

and swirl the pan so the flour coats the inside of then pan, then tap out the excess flour. Melt the butter in a large saucepan over low heat. Remove the saucepan from heat and add the chocolate. The American Heritage Chocolate is not as dense as regular baking chocolate, so don’t be alarmed. All will be well. We’re talking chocolate here. Allow to stand for about 3 minutes or until the chocolate has softened. Whisk until the chocolate is smooth and melted.

Let the mixture cool until tepid but is still liquid, about 10 minutes. In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the eggs, sugar, and vanilla.

Beat on high speed

until the mixture is very pale and tripled in volume (about 3 minutes in a stand mixer or 5 minutes if using a hand mixer).

Reduce the speed to low. Add the chocolate mixture an dmix until combined. Remove the bowl from the stand mixer and lightly sprinkle the flour, salt, and cinnamon over the chocolate mixture.

Fold it in with a flexible spatula and spread the batter evenly in the pan.

Bake until the center is set but the cake jiggles cohesively (like gelatin or a cheesecake) when you shake it gently, about 28-37 minutes (start checking around 28 minutes). Let the gâteau cool completely in the pan on a wire cake rack. Run a knife around the inside of the pan and remove the sides. Wrap the gâteau with plastic wrap and refrigerate until completely chilled, at least 8 hours, preferably 24 hours. It can be refrigerated for up to 3 days.

To make the crème anglaise, heat the milk with the vanilla bean halves (if using) in a medium saucepan over low heat until small bubbles form around the edges of the pan, about 10 minutes.

Remove the vanilla bean halves. Using the tip of a small sharp knife, scrape the seeds from the vanilla bean halves into the milk and discard the pods. In a medium heat-proof bowl, whisk the egg yolks and sugar together until the mixture is pale and thickened. Gradually whisk in about 1/2 cup of the hot milk, then gradually whisk in the remaining milk. Return the mixture to the saucepan and cook the custard on medium-low heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, until the custard thickens and coats the back of a spoon. Strain the custard through a wire mesh strainer. If using vanilla extract, add it now. Cover the bowl loosely with plastic wrap. Let the sauce cool, stirring occasionally, for about 1 hour.

Refrigerate until chilled (at least 2 hours). To serve, let the cake stand at room temperature for 1 hour. Using a thin, sharp knife dipped into hot water, slice the gâteau. For each serving, spoon a few tablespoons of the crème anglaise onto a dessert plate and top with sliced cake. If desired, dust the top with powdered sugar. I also wouldn’t say no to a dollop of sweetened whipped cream. Just sayin’.

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Chocolate Gâteau with Crème Anglaise


Description

An elegant and sophisticated chocolate dessert that is actually much easier than it looks!


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Ingredients

GÂTEAU

  • Flour and softened butter for the pan
  • 1 pound bittersweet chocolate or American Heritage Chocolate
  • 1 1/4 cups (2 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 7 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon table salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)

CRÈME ANGLAISE

  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise, or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Yolks of 4 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1/3 cup sugar

Instructions

  1. To make the cake, position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees F. Butter and flour the inside of a 9″ springform pan, tapping out the excess flour.
  2. Melt the butter in a large saucepan over low heat. Remove the saucepan from heat and add the chocolate. Allow to stand for about 3 minutes or until the chocolate has softened. Whisk until the chocolate is smooth and melted. Let the mixture cool until tepid but is still liquid, about 10 minutes.
  3. In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the eggs, sugar, and vanilla. Beat on high speed until the mixture is very pale and tripled in volume (about 3 minutes in a stand mixer or 5 minutes if using a hand mixer). Reduce the speed to low. Add the chocolate mixture an dmix until combined. Remove the bowl from the stand mixer and lightly sprinkle the flour, salt, and cinnamon over the chocolate mixture. Fold it in with a flexible spatula and spread the batter evenly in the pan.
  4. Bake until the center is set but the cake jiggles cohesively (like gelatin or a cheesecake) when you shake it gently, about 28-37 minutes (start checking around 28 minutes). Let the gâteau cool completely in the pan on a wire cake rack.
  5. Run a knife around the inside of the pan and remove the sides. Wrap the gâteau with plastic wrap and refrigerate until completely chilled, at least 8 hours, preferably 24 hours. It can be refrigerated for up to 3 days.
  6. To make the crème anglaise, heat the milk with the vanilla bean halves (if using) in a medium saucepan over low heat until small bubbles form around the edges of the pan, about 10 minutes. Remove the vanilla bean halves. Using the tip of a small sharp knife, scrape the seeds from the vanilla bean halves into the milk and discard the pods.
  7. In a medium heat-proof bowl, whisk the egg yolks and sugar together until the mixture is pale and thickened. Gradually whisk in about 1/2 cup of the hot milk, then gradually whisk in the remaining milk. Return the mixture to the saucepan and cook the custard on medium-low heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, until the custard thickens and coats the back of a spoon. Strain the custard through a wire mesh strainer. If using vanilla extract, add it now. Cover the bowl loosely with plastic wrap. Let the sauce cool, stirring occasionally, for about 1 hour. Refrigerate until chilled (at least 2 hours).
  8. To serve, let the cake stand at room temperature for 1 hour. Using a thin, sharp knife dipped into hot water, slice the gâteau. For each serving, spoon a few tablespoons of the crème anglaise onto a dessert plate and top with sliced cake.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 12

 This post was sponsored by American Heritage Chocolate, but all opinions are completely our own.

300 comments

  1. So, my favorite is probably going to be this. But since I haven’t had it yet, I’ll say the dark chocolate french silk pie that kroger stores carry in the bakery. I have converted all my family to this pie.

  2. My favorite chocolate dessert is probably Texas sheet cake. But I think I may need to make this for my hubby’s birthday this weekend!

  3. This looks amazing! My favorite chocolate dessert is definitely chocolate cake. I’ll have to see if this recipe becomes my new favorite!

  4. My favorite chocolate dessert is called sweet and salty truffle pie. It’s a chocolate mousse pie topped with whipped cream and chocolate pretzel truffles. The recipe makes extra truffles 🙂

  5. My favorite chocolate dessert, far and away is brownies. Any kind. With nuts, without nuts. With frosting. With sprinkles. With caramel. Or plain. I’m an equal opportunity brownie-eater.

  6. Where are your plates from? I love that blue… So pretty! It matches your egg holder which I seriously think I need for Christmas. One of these days my eggs are gonna roll off the counter haha!

  7. My MIL taught me a quick way to make anglaise: melt vanilla icecream! Ha ha! So if you are just not feeling like making your own anglaise, there ya go!

  8. How can I pick just one favorite chocolate dessert? There are sooooooo many!!! I guess if I can only pick one I will go with the homemade chocolate cake that my mom makes me for my birthday every year. You know…the kind where she doesn’t use a recipe, but it tastes divine every single time! Someday I will have to get her to write it down!

  9. This looks divine! One of my favorite chocolate desserts is a simple 4-layer cake my mom has made for ages: chocolate cake + chocolate pudding + cool whip + shaved chocolate.

  10. I can totally relate to the secret stash of chocolate issues- you just never know! I also have chocolate sharing problems, so I am often hiding in my closet to get my fix ?

    This looks just amazing- can’t wait to try it! I think that cookbook is in my future.

  11. Sara and Kate,
    I couldn’t find a place to email you but I can’t pull up the comments. The comment button doesn’t allow me to click it to see comments. Again, maybe I missed it but I couldn’t find a way to contact either of you on this website either, hence the comment on the comment page I can’t see. I hope you can:)

    Thanks,
    Heather

  12. picking one is impossible – but, since i haven’t had the pleasure in awhile, a really really really good piece of black tie tuxedo mousse cake or stellar loaded brownie

  13. This may become our Christmas dessert! My favorite chocolate dessert right now is the Pioneer Womens Nutella cake. Hot dang, it. Is. GOOD. I’ve had it for my birthday cake two years in a row now…

    Can’t wait to try this!

  14. Is it even possible to have a favorite chocolate recipe? There are far too many favorites to count. I can probably give you a favorite category of chocolate guilty pleasure: any thick, rich chocolate batter, as for a scratch cake or brownie, eaten of a spatula, or a last dip with my finger as I slide it into the oven.

  15. My favorite chocolate dessert is anything with a true dense chocolate flavor. Not too sweet. Usually a flourless chocolate cake is at the top of my list. & wash it down with Crio Bru (brewed cocoa beans).

  16. My first pregnancy kind of got me feeling sick with chocolate–so weird for me to turn down chocolate! But this second time around, I found a clean eating brownie recipe and I love it!!!

  17. Ooh, I love flourless chocolate cake, super chocolate cookies that my family calls “chocolate death cookies”, and especially a good fudgey brownie. This cake looks delicious – can’t wait to try it!

  18. This looks and sounds amazing. I served my mission in France and anything with Creme Anglaise is my favorite! I’ve never heard of American Heritage Chocolate, but I’m pretty sure I need their cookbook!

    Quick question — did you guys change the site so we can’t see other comments? The last few times I’ve looked at it there is a place for me to comment and I can see how many comments there are, but I can’t get to the comments. Sometimes there’s helpful info in the comments or a lot of people ask the same question and then you clarify it in the comments. I hope it’s a glitch that’s getting fixed or that you’ll consider changing it back so we can read all of them! Thanks!

  19. My favorite chocolate treat is anything dense. There is a Mexican bakery in my town that does a gluten free chocolate cake. It’s like a truffle! Amazing.

  20. My favorite chocolate dessert is one my mom made every year for my December birthday. It is a chocolate log roll filled with mint or peppermint whipped cream, covered with chocolate glaze, and topped with crushed candy canes.

  21. I know it’s so simple, but my all-time favorite dessert is a brownie. The fudgy kind, not the cakey kind. Best with vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce. Or plain with a glass of milk. Or fancied up with mint and frosting. Brownies. I will never turn them down, no matter how well I’m trying to eat!

  22. I love pretty much everything chocolate! Lately though I’ve been loving Chocolate Lava Cakes (I use Martha Stewart’s recipe)
    Thanks for the great giveaway!

  23. Brownies are my favorite. I am allergic to chocolate (I know, isn’t that horrible!) I can only eat a small amount or I will break out in hives and have problems breathing. So I know my limits after 40+ years of this. I wish I could have more.
    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  24. I have a Chocolate Mousse recipe that I winkled out of my sister-in-law’s father before he died. It is one of the richest desserts I’ve ever had.

  25. Chocolate cake with chocolate frosting is my absolute favorite. I am definitely putting this recipe on my must try list. It looks amazing!

  26. Homemade – chocolate mousse, easy, elegant and delicious!! But, guilty pleasure – Betty Crocker brownie mix – raw. Shame on me.

  27. My favorite chocolate dessert is chocolate covered cinnamon bears. I know, it’s just candy, but at the same time, it’s so not JUST CANDY.

  28. Albertson’s used to make this thing called “chocolate enrobed cake,” which was just regular chocolate cake but with this poured, thick chocolate icing like a ding dong. I am forever searching for something like it since Albertson’s closed and turned into Fresh Market six or seven years ago. (sigh)

  29. I have a chocolate cake recipe my whole family loves, but I’m thinking when I make the above Chocolate Gateau, we might have a throw down! Thanks for the chance to win this great looking cookbook and chocolate in all its forms!

  30. Favorite chocolate dessert? I’d eat just about anything with chocolate, but I do have a special place in my heart and stomach for cookies with chocolate.

  31. This cake looks soooo good. I love a chocolate cake for dessert, or chocolate chip cookies or a chocolate pudding…the list goes on, haha.

  32. My favorite Chocolate treat of all time is homemade fudge. The old fashioned kind that needs to be stirred until it turns…..so yummy….but so much work. It is a special treat I save for Christmas.

  33. Yum! I’m definitely making this over the Christmas break. But I don’t think a cake this decadent would last three days in my house. In fact, it might not last the whole 24 hours of chilling.

  34. It is way too hard to limit it down to just one–I love lots of different chocolate desserts. But I guess I will say dark chocolate fudge with walnuts.

  35. Just ONE favourite chocolate dessert?? That’s a tall order!! It would have to be my friend’s Chocolate Souffle – it’s so light but full of amazing flavour. That might be my ‘last meal’ request!

  36. My favorite dessert to make is fudge using semi-sweet and bittersweet chocolate and sweetened condensed milk. Super easy and delicious. I also love my friend’s chocolate cream pie!

  37. This looks amazing and that book would be perfect for my chocolate loving mother-in-law for Christmas! I love molten chocolate lava cakes with fresh raspberries.

  38. I LOVE chocolate and have my own hidden stash for chocolate related emergencies. My current favorite chocolate dessert is a chocolate pumpkin cake with nutella cream cheese icing. Yum!!

  39. This looks amazing! My favorite chocolate dessert is a brownie made from my super secret recipe that requires you to beat the eggs for 10 minutes! The result is a fudgy, decadent brownie with a meringue-like crust. I pretty much love all things chocolate though.

  40. What a neat book! I would love to get my hands on a copy!

    My favorite chocolate dessert is probably brownies….with ice cream~ and hot fudge sauce if I’m feeling naughty.

  41. My favorite chocolate dessert is a chocolate layered cake with chocolate ganach and fudge icing. It is delicious and the cake my boys ask for on their birthday or other special occasions.
    Ammie

  42. My favorite is chocolate fondue with all the yummy things to dip: marshmallows, strawberries, angel food cake, rice krispies, apples, pretzels. Yum!

  43. I think my favorite chocolate dessert is German chocolate cake with coconut pecan frosting, but it’s a tough choice because I love most any chocolate dessert!

  44. I have to pick just one?!! Okay, it’s the King Arthur Flour chocolate cake with raspberries. I finally found a cake that tastes like a bakery with ingredients I have at home.

  45. Oh, my goodness! This looks amazing! I wish I didn’t have so much going on today so I could make it now! Yum! This looks like the perfect treat for a Christmas gathering! I can’t wait to try it! And, I think I need that book so I can try all the other recipes in it!

  46. I love anything chocolate raspberry. Although one of my favorite holiday treats is peppermint bark. This cake looks delicious!

  47. I love most chocolate items, but I particularly love this simple French torte that one of my French exchange students from high school showed me how to make. It’s so light yet so rich and chocolatey 🙂

  48. My favorite chocolate dessert is Chocolate Mousse Cake from Fogo de Chão. My favorite chocolates are Dark Chocolate Patty’s from See’s candies.

  49. Yum! Trying not to drool on my keyboard… We love ALL desserts chocolate, but especially love grandma’s triple chocolate fudge fantasy cake:)

  50. I love chocolate, one of my favorite chocolate desserts is your perfect chocolate brownies. They are soo gooey. This time of year I do a crunchy layer of Andes mint chocolate on top. mmmmmmmmmmmmmm

  51. I love all things chocolate, too. I think my very favorite thing is the chocolate peanutbutter pie from Kneaders. Their chocolate dome and any chocolate mousse are tied for a close second. I can’t wait to try this recipe!

  52. Sadly, my favorite chocolate dessert is one I can not make myself….Haagen Dazs chocolate chocolate chip ice cream…mmmm smooth, dense & rich chocolate!

  53. Lindt Lindor chocolate. I grew up in Switzerland and this was my favorite. But heck, even their “baking” chocolate was divine! What a brilliant book; thanks for sharing. This is going on my wishlist!

  54. This looks amazing! I love all things chocolate. ALLLLL. But I think if I had to pick one chocolate dessert it would be French silk pie from scratch. With an Oreo crust. Mmmmm.

  55. I am REALLY weak against flourless chocolate cake. Most chocolate desserts can get me, but that one, I am particularly powerless to resist.

  56. My favorite chocolate dessert? How can I choose? But I’ve always loved cake, so maybe chocolate cake–but only if it’s moist. Gonna have to try the gateau with creme anglaise. Right after my second try at Pioneer woman’s chocolate pudding pie–she warned me not to use semi-sweet. Going with unsweetened this time.

  57. My favorite chocolate dessert is either a really soft, thick, fudgy brownie or hot fudge pudding cake. But whatever it is, if it’s chocolate, I’ll take some!

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