I can scuba-dive, speak french, spanish and a little bit of portuguese, I can tell you all about psychoanalysis and travel the world needing nothing but a camera, but goddamn – i can not cook. So up until this point, my contribution to international recipes for you guys has been rather hesitant non-existant, but there is one thing even I can make and that is chocolate cake. But not any ol’ chocolate cake, it’s French and there is no flour in it. I think the proper name is Fondant au chocolat.

Yum. So what do you need?

Ingredients

4 eggs

200g of sugar

200g of butter

400g of dark chocolate

(variably) a pack of vanilla sugar

Preparation

The chocolate, butter and sugar go together in a pot to melt. make sure you stick them in a pot that is heated by boiled water, as direct exposure to the oven surface is ikely to burn the chocolate, rather than melt it.

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While that stuff is melting, separate your eggs into yolks and eggwhites. Once you’ve dont that, get a mixer to beat your whites into a fluffy texture.

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With your eggwhites done, and your chocolate/sugar/butter mix melted, add eggyolks and vanilla sugar to the latter.

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Stir everything and put the mixture into a bowl. Now carefully fold your eggwhites in with your chocolate mixture….

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…until you’re left with a soft, creamy, fluffy batter.

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Now grease in a cakepan with butter before pouring your batter in it. Bake for 45minutes at 180°C and voilà!

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Personally I think it’s better cooled than hot out of the oven, but that’s according to personal taste. I love having it with hot cherries and fresh whipped cream.

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Voilà – your perfect gateau francais!