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Chocolate and Almond Gateau Recipe

Chocolate and Almond Gateau Recipe

Ingredients: Makes one 23 cm / 9 in cake

100g/4 oz plain (semi-sweet) chocolate
100g/4 oz butter or margarine, softened
150 g/5 oz caster (superfine) sugar
3 eggs, separated
50g/2 oz ground almonds

100g/4 oz plain (all-purpose) flour
For the filling:
225 g/8 oz/2 cups plain (semi-sweet) chocolate
300 ml double (heavy) cream
75 g/3 oz raspberry jam (conserve)


Melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of gently simmering water. Cream together the butter or margarine and sugar, then stir in the chocolate and the egg yolks. Fold in the ground almonds and flour. Whisk the egg whites until stiff, then fold them into the mixture. Spoon into a greased and lined 23 cm/9 in cake tin (pan) and bake in a preheated oven at I80C/350F/gas mark 4 for 40 minutes until firm to the touch. Leave to cool, then slice the cake in half horizontally.

To make the filling, melt the chocolate and cream in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of gently simmering water. Stir until smooth, then leave to cool, stirring occasionally. Sandwich the cakes together with the jam and half the chocolate cream, then spread the remaining cream over the top and sides of the cake and leave to set.

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