This week’s Tuesdays with Dorie recipe from Baking Chez Moi is an exercise in understatement. It’s inspired by a gorgeous pâtisserie/ chocolatier/ tea room in Paris called Un Dimanche à Paris (I’ve actually been there – make sure I go each time I am in Paris (you can see a little peek in this post or this one where I met the lovely Jill Colonna from Mad about Macarons/ Teatime in Paris for the first time) in the Saint Germain area where it’s baked in a long slim loaf tin. Though it’s “just” a simple chocolate cake, at Un Dimanche, it looks “more supermodel than grand-mère” according to Dorie. Her version includes peanut butter which I didn’t include because it was going to places where people have allergies but I’d like to try that and top with toasted peanuts next time.
With a scant 30g of chocolate and 3 tablespoons of cocoa powder in the batter, it’s not overly chocolatey – even the glaze has less than 100g of chocolate and just a few tablespoons of cream – hence it being an exercise in understatement. This was amongst a selection of baked goods I sent along to a bake-off at Neil’s curling club and he came home with leftovers (!!! what IS wrong with these people? Actually I know – there was a massive amount of sweets and I guess people didn’t realise what a supermodel they had in their midst. Oh well..). I brought said leftovers to school where they were gobbled up eagerly by people who “don’t even like chocolate cake much”. So there.
This was really easy and I love the size of it – I used an 81/2 by 4-inch loaf tin – this may just become my “go to” chocolate cake.
Get the recipe for Dorie Greenspan’s Sunday in Paris chocolate cake here or on p 72 of Baking Chez Moi.
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