Chocolate Hazelnut Gateau Recipe

Chocolate Hazelnut Gateau Recipe


2/3 cup butter, softened

3/4 cup sugar

3 eggs, separated

1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips, melted and cooled

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

3/4 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup milk

2/3 cup ground hazelnuts, toasted


3 tablespoons butter

2 tablespoons light corn syrup

1 tablespoon water

1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips

Toasted slivered almonds and fresh mint leaves

How to make it

In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg yolks, melted chocolate and vanilla. Combine the flour and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture alternately with milk, beating well after each addition. Stir in the hazelnuts.

In a small bowl, beat egg whites until stiff peaks form; carefully fold into batter. Spread into a greased 9-in. springform pan. Place pan on a baking sheet.

Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on wire rack for 10 minutes. Carefully run a knife around edge of pan to loosen; remove sides of pan. Cool completely.

In a saucepan, bring the butter, corn syrup and water to a boil; stirring constantly. Remove from the heat. Add the chocolate chips; stir until smooth. Cool to room temperature. Spread over top and sides of gateau. Garnish with almonds and mint.
Yield: 12 servings.