A fondant au chocolat, which translates to melting chocolate,because of it's fudgy heart is a cake that bakes with very little flour and lots of chocolate, which in my opinion is the best thing ever (this is the chocoholic on diet talking here!!!).
This chocolate cake is one of my all time favorite, easy, simple, and delicious. I make it for all special events, like birthdays, girls night out, pot luck dinners with friends, and it's always a crowd pleaser. You can serve it as is or with a raspberry syrup, vanilla custard, ice cream, or make it extra special by icing it with a chocolate ganache (a mixture of chocolate and cream) and decorate it with fruits or, why not, with flowers.
Since Thanksgiving is just around the corner, I suggest you give it a try and you will be sure to please your guests by serving that scrumptious chocolate cake, and it's a nice change from lets say a pecan or apple pie (well in my opinion!!!), and it's less work.
Fondant au chocolat :
1 2/3 cup (300 g) of chocolate
9 tbsp (125 g) of butter
1/2 cup (120 g) of sugar
2 heaping tbsp flour
1 tbsp ground almond
pinch of salt
Preheat oven to 425F
Melt the chocolate and butter on a double boiler. When melted remove from heat and quickly beat in the egg yolks. Add the sugar, flour and almond, mix well.
Beat the egg whites with a pinch of salt into soft picks and delicately fold them into the chocolate mix.
Butter a 8 inch round pan, pour the batter and bake first at 415F for 10 minutes then turn down the oven to 300F and bake for another 10/15 minutes. Be careful to not over bake your cake or it will end up hard, you want it on the underdone side.
When cool, turn out your cake on a plate and enjoy anyway your heart desire....mine will be with more chocolate on top!!!