Monday, July 30, 2012

Chocolate Almond Gateau


Feels good to be back and share another recipe with you!

This was my first try at a Gateau and it actually turned out quite well.  I knew it will taste good .. chocolate and sponge fingers ...

I used a standard loaf pan which of course is a bit smaller at the bottom and bigger towards the top. My sponge fingers did not line up 100% but I sliced it easily - next time I'll use a large rectangular plastic lunchbox or something similar.

There was a little leftover this morning, which Roy had for breakfast! I opted for a plain Nutella sandwich {I know, neither are very healthy as a breakfast, but very enjoyable...}

Chocolate Almond Gateau

175g (6 oz) Unsalted Butter, softened
75g (3 oz) Muscovado sugar (or any soft brown sugar)
175g (6 oz) Plain Chocolate
100g (4 oz) Ground Almonds
3 TB Brandy, divided
1 cup Fresh Cream, whipped, divided 
3 TB Water
24 - 28 Sponge Fingers

1.) Line the bottom and sides of a loaf pan with foil.
2.) Beat the Butter and Sugar until creamy.
3.) Melt the Chocolate and add to the Sugar mixture - Add the Almonds and one tablespoon of the Brandy as well - mix until well combined.
4.) Add half of the Whipped Cream to the Chocolate mixture and fold in gently.
5.) Mix the remaining two tablespoons of Brandy with the Water - Dip the un-sugared side of the Sponge Fingers in the Water mixture (just to moisten... not to saturate) - Arrange the moistened Sponge Fingers, sugared sides down on the bottom of the loaf pan - there should be room for 8 Fingers.
6.) Scoop half of the Chocolate mixture on top of the Fingers - spread out evenly. Add another layer of Fingers, followed with the remaining Chocolate mixture. End with a final layer of Fingers (sugared side up).
7.) Use foil to completely cover the top and refrigerate for an hour. (I put mine in the freezer for 40 minutes)
8.) Remove the Gateau from the loaf pan - peel off the foil lining. Use a dessert spoon (dip into hot water every now and then) to smooth the sides.

Decorate with the remaining Whipped Cream and serve.

Enjoy! 

Later,


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27 comments:

  1. I just started following you from Monday mingle, and this sounds really good.

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    1. Thank you for following my blog - hope you try this Gateau, it's really easy and delish!
      Linda

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  2. Wow! T his looks gorgeous! This is something I MUST try!

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  3. So yummy, Linda! Thank you for sharing at All my Bloggy Friends!

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  4. Wow Linda this looks so good! Thanks for linking up all your yummy treats on "I Gotta Try That" Hope you have a great day!
    Marcie

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  5. Thank you so much for sharing another great recipe with Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party.
    Debi Bolocofsky
    www.adornedfromabove.com

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    1. Sorry this is late, but better late then never. Thanks so much for sharing with last weeks with Wednesday's Adorned From Above. The link party is open now for this week. This looks so good.
      Debi Bolocofsky
      www.adornedfromabove.com

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  6. This looks so good! Thanks for much for linking up at Thursday Food fest. Have a good week. Sarah

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    1. Thank you - hope you have a great day.
      Linda

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  7. I just pinned your great recipe, thanks for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Miz Helen

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    1. Hope you'll enjoy it as much as we did!
      Linda

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  8. This cake recipe looks great! Yum! Thanks for sharing on Marvelous Mondays!

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  9. Anything with chocolate and whipped cream sounds worth making. Thanks for sharing the recipe!
    Liz

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    1. Definitely! Thank you for visiting my blog.
      Linda

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    1. Thank you for your visit to my blog, Karmann - have a great day!
      Linda

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  11. Sounds yummy and looks spectacular! Thanks for sharing on Busy Monday!

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  13. Looks yummy!
    Thanks so much for linking up at I Gotta Create! <3 Christina

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  14. Yummy!! Linda, it looks sooooo good!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!

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  15. This looks so delish. Thanks for sharing on Tout It Tuesday. Hope to see you tomorrow.

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  16. I wish I could hire you as my personal chef, lol. Thanks for linking up!!!!

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  17. This looks delishhh! Thanks for sharing on Southern Sundays! Have a great week!

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  18. Very impressive. Thanks for sharing it at Tasty Thursdays at The Mandatory Mooch.

    Thanks, Nichi

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