Chocolate gateaus are actually high in calories. It's a little discouraging since everyone in my family loves to eat. So, in my recipe I've tried to reduce the ingredients. One whole cake is worth 711kcal.
Combine ◎ Ingredients and sift. Melt ▼ ingredients in a double broiler or a microwave. Preheat oven at 170℃.
Into the egg whites, add half of the granulated sugar in 3 batches to make a meringue. Chill in the fridge when done.
Add the rest of the sugar into the egg yolks and mix well until white. Fold in the melted ▼ ingredients and also the brandy. Then add the ◎ ingredients and whisk until it's not floury.
Add one scoop of the meringue into the batter from step 3. Mix well with a whisk. Using a rubber spatula, fold in the rest of the meringue in two batches. For the parchment paper in step 5, refer to the June 25th entry in my blog.
Pour into the cake pan lined with parchment paper. Moisten with a squirt of water. Pour hot water into a baking sheet and drop the temperature to 160℃. Steam-bake for 40 minutes. When done, peel parchment paper from its sides and cover it with a pan. Set aside to cool on a cake cooler.
Make an open heart cake using the same amount of ingredients Instead of steam-baking, you could also bake for 15 minutes at 170℃ and 10 minutes at 160℃. The result turned out nice, and took less effort.
After it's cooled down, sift some powdered sugar to finish. For drinkers: brush on some brandy on the surface to improve its taste It tastes better if you let it rest in the fridge and serve it the following day.
Story Behind this Recipe
This was originally a chocolate gateau recipe that I read in a recipe book, but after making adjustments for a decade, now it's turned out as something quite different. As for now, this is my favorite way to make it. It might seem a bit dry because it doesn't use any oil, but that's okay; it's less in calories.
Make sure to make a good meringue with chilled egg whites. When I have leftover egg whites from baking bread, I occasionally measure 70g (combined with milk) to bake this cake. You could freeze egg whites to use later.