Petit Gateau

posted on: Wednesday, March 4, 2009

I got an awesome birthday present on Monday. Actually I got a couple presents but the best one was, no doubt, the Petit Gateau Christian made me. I was in class all day and at 5:00pm he picked me up from class and dropped himself off at his class. This quarter has been insane. So much of our interactions have been inside the car where he picks me up and I drop him off. Today we have 2 of those. It's always fun being in the car together rushing to class trying to give a full report on the day, Enzo, bills that came in the mail, while driving around campus and trying very hard not to run over any students. Can you tell I'm ready for spring break?

Anyway, enough complaining. How can I complain when I'm married to such an awesome cook who between taking care of Enzo, cleaning the house and running errands all day on Monday was still able to make me some Petit Gateau, buy me chocolate, buy me some flowers, write me a poem AND arrange all this nicely on the table so that I could be surprised when I got home.

Petit Gateau Recipe
  • 125 g dark chocolate
  • 125 g unsalted butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  1. Break the chocolate and butter into small pieces, melt them on a small sauce pan
  2. With a spoon mix the melted chocolate and butter until smooth and reserve.
  3. On a separate bowl, mix the eggs, egg's yolks and sugar.
  4. Beat the mixture on a mixer until almost doubled its size and has a firm consistency.
  5. Get the melted chocolate and butter mixture and start pouring it in small bits into the bowl with the beaten eggs and keeping beating it gentle and slowly, until it forms one smooth uniform mixture.
  6. While you are still beating the mixture (in low speed), sprinkles the flour on it and stop the beating after the flour gets incorporated in the mixture.
  7. turn off the mixer and stir in the vanilla and reserve.
  8. Get the muffin baking sheet with 6/8 holes, rub a little bit of butter and sprinkle flour on the sides of each hole, It will help to get the mini cake out of the mold later
  9. Pour the mixture into the mold almost to the top
  10. Pre-heat the oven for about 15 minutes on 350*
  11. put the muffin sheet for about 5 minutes.
  12. After taking the baking sheet out of the oven let it rest of 2 to 3 minutes and then turn it upside down on a plate (The mini cakes should be hard on the outside enough to hold its original shape and all creamy and melted inside)Get each little cake with caution for not breaking them and put on individual plates.
  13. Put a ball of vanilla ice-cream on the side or some other kind of ice-cream or frozen yogurt, Serve while it is hot!


  1. ah wow, these sound really rich and yummy. Your guy sure is a sweetie. Happy Birthday!

  2. ahhhh. you are married to the best man in the world (does he have a single relative in Los Angeles?! hee hee). happy birthday to you!!!

  3. Oh my gosh! I spotted some trader joes truffles in one of the pictures! What wouldn't I do to have a trader joes in hawaii. Those truffles are divine! Your man really delivered. Very special guy! I love that he arranged it all for you so when you go home it was there. very cute!

  4. sorry food librarian no single brothers in L.A. I do, however, have a single uncle in L.A. he's a terrible cook though.

    and yes L.V Family those were truffles. Hawaii would be perfect if it had a Trader Joes.

  5. This makes me want to live closer to you three, soon to be four...

    I love it! I love it and appreciate your lifestyle because we are in the same boat...

    By the way, David got into law school--so we'll have to chat at some point. Maybe even take a trip to Cali?????


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