Friday, March 12, 2010

The fable of the Ant & the Cricket

message from Oct. 1st, 2009 :
When summer lingers, I start to think about winter. Will it be very cold? tumultuous? rainy? icy? or sweet, soft and powdery? Anyway, I needed an excuse to give another chance to use the wonderful mold I received for my birthday. Considering the first result looked like this:

I could not let such a disappointment affect me longer.
Here is a version of the fable.

Ingredients for a great cake:
120g butter
150g sugar
4 eggs
120g flour
1 packet baking powder
80g ground almonds
1 1 / 2 teaspoons of oil of bitter orange
100g dark chocolate (next time, I try with white)

Preheat oven to 180 ° C.

Beat softened butter with sugar until you get a homogeneous and light mixture. Separate the yolks and whites from the eggs. Reserve the whites in a bowl and add the yolks to the mixture. Add the orange essence and mix. Mix together flour, baking powder and almonds. Gradually pour in the previous mixture while whisking vigorously.

Melt the chocolate in a bain-marie. Meanwhile, beat the egg whites with a pinch of salt. Pour the liquid chocolate into the batter and mix.When the whites are firm, add them gently to the rest with a spatula, so you won't break them. If you feel the dough is too hard, you can add a touch of milk.

Pour into a large pan (buttered and floured, except for silicon molds) and bake 35 minutes. To check for baking, poke the tip of a knife in it. If it appears clean, the cake is cooked. Just wait for it to cool before you unmold it!

Bon goûter!

Photo from Gustave Doré illustration of The Ant and The Crocket by Jean de La Fontaîne, 1867.

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