Monday, August 6, 2007

Gateau Suprise Chocolat Pistache

First of all, I want to say thank you to those of you who take the time to go through my previous posts and leave comments. I don’t know about all you other food bloggers out there, but once I put up a new post,
the old one is hiistory, and I rarely go back there. So, please do not think that I’m ignoring your comments; I just am unaware that you’ve left me one. I found out about those new comments as I was looking up a recipe from a previous post.

About a week ago, I received an e-mail from Dr Joy Barredo, a Life Coach in the UK, inviting me to write in the ‘Kitchen Goddess’ page of her website. Joy's website is a ‘home’ for us women to share our dreams and fears, a place in which we can discuss issues concerning our everyday lives, may it be love, finances, personal development etc. I totally LOVE this website and recommend that you pay a visit. My posts and recipes will now be published in Joy’s website too.

The girls are home today, both slightly unwell, and quite happy that I’ve given them the ‘green light’ to stay home. I overheard them talking just then, something about the Antartica, and then the conversation went like this..
Paige: it’s (referring to the antartica) isolated!
Chloe: No it’s not!
Paige: Yes it is!
Chloe: Do you even know what “isolated” means?!
Paige: It means it’s covered in ice!

Today’s recipe for Gateau Surprise Chocolat Pistache is from JenJen's beautiful blog. I made these about a month ago and will definitely be making them again. This recipe originated from Clotilde'sblog, then Heidi made it, and then JenJen, and then me. And I’m pretty sure it won’t stop here.


270g plain all-purpose flour, divided in half
2 tsp baking powder, divided in half
1 tsp baking soda, divided in half
150g unsalted butter, room temperature, divided in half
250g caster sugar, divided in half
4 eggs
1½ cups plain yoghurt or sour cream, divided in half
1½ tsp vanilla extract, divided in half
2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup chocolate chips
1/3 cup shelled pistachio, chopped finely

Preheat oven to 180°C. Grease a 25cm springform cake pan, or alternatively prepare 12 small paper cake cases.

Prepare the chocolate batter first. In a food processor mix together half of the sugar, butter until fluffy.
Add in two eggs one at a time, pulsing in between each addition.
Add in half of the yoghurt and the vanilla extract, pulse again.
In a medium bowl, combine half of the flour, baking powder, baking soda and all of the cocoa powder.
Add the flour mixture into the food processor and mix again until the flour is just incorporated.
Pour the batter into the cake pan, or if you are using the paper cake cases, then using an ice cream scoop, place one scoop of batter into each paper case.
Place the chocolate batter into the fridge.

Rinse the bowl of the food processor and prepare the pistachio batter.
Mix together the rest of the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
Add in the last two eggs one at a time, pulsing in between each addition.
Add the remaining yoghurt and pulse again.
In a medium bowl, combine the rest of the flour, baking powder, baking soda and all of the chopped pistachios.
Add this flour mixture into the batter and process again until the flour is just combined.

Remove the chocolate batter from the fridge and sprinkle the chocolate chips evenly and liberally over the surface of the batter.
Gently pour over the pistachio batter on top of the chocolate chips, or alternatively if you are using the paper cases, then use an ice scoop to place the pistachio batter on top.
Smooth out the surface using a spatula.
Bake in the oven for 50 minutes, or if you are making the individual cakes, then for 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
Allow to rest for 5 minutes then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.


Anh said...

Wonderful wonoderful! I just have to make those. Just let me clear some time first.... :)

Big Boys Oven said...

Great to hear of your new web posting. Will defintely check on that one.
Love your new pieces of craft. The look so delicious and so tempting. Can we have not one but a few.... when you are back in KL? hehehehe just trying our luck.

Tying-D-Knot said...

Oh wow!!...*slurp slurp*....:P

Patricia Scarpin said...

I'm sure this recipe will appear on many other blogs, Carol - it's just irresistible! :)

I wish the girls feel better soon. And the dialogue was so funny!

Kok said...

You definitely know how to bake. Slurrrpppp!

Kelly Mahoney said...

I really like the presentation, those cups are super cute.

joy said...

Your girls are so cute! :)

Thanks for mentioning the Goddess website.

I shall try to make time for baking, which is therapeutic for me. I remember many a time when I've been upset due to something that happened at work or some other, I would head for the kitchen and bake. And no worries, whatever I was feeling didn't affect the baked goodies. Always turned out delish.

The Goddess In You

The Cooking Ninja said...

oh .... so yummy and delicious. Your girls are so cute.

Sylvia said...

Congratulations Carol you are a wonderful writer too. The recipe looks so good and the presentation is cute.

Ming_the_Merciless said...

I must admit, I love the cupcake paper. :-)

Your photos are always so gorgeous. I will have to ask you about lighting because that is the toughest thing for me.

I came home to find my favorite neighborhood cafe closed down. I knew business was tough after two new BIG restaurants opening up near here lately but I didn't expect it to close so quickly. :-(

Belinda said...

Hahahahahaha...that conversation between Paige and Chloe is hilarious and so gorgeous! :o)

Hope you're all wonderfully well and getting excited about your holidays as it creeps closer and closer.


Belinda said...

Just re-read your post....I hope the girls are feeling 100% again ASAP! :o)

C i n T a P o P i a * said...

Carol, your blog is so bad for me. I'm supposed to be on a diet! But now I found myself drooling over pictures of your creations... arghhhh :P

Chloe & Paige are soooo cute :)

MaOkA said...

whaouuu !! i love !

Oh for the love of food! said...

Hi Anh,
I've been really busy myself, so I can understand what's it like to have to juggle time! Take it easy, gurl!

Sunny and Sid,
You want ME to bake you guys stuff when I'm on holiday??I was kinda hoping for the opposite ;o)

I'll get you and Indra to come over for cake and a cuppa when I get back from My vacation, ok?

The girls are better, thank you. They are such a joy to have!

Oh for the love of food! said...

Hi Kok!
Thanks for dropping by, I'm sure you're not too far away, maybe one day I can bake you something!

Thanks, I got these from S'pore, and will be re-stocking soon!

Hey joy!
Baking is therapeutic for me too!

My favourite Japanese Assassin!
Thanks, the girls ARE gorgeous.

Oh for the love of food! said...

Thanks, but I've got a thing or two to learn from you My Dear!

Aw.. your favourite cafe closed because they suffered loss from lack of your patronage the last month, I hope you made friends with the cafe cook!
I have only used natural lighting that comes in from the window or the halogen lighting in the kitchen/dining area. No special equiptment (yet!)

Hey Belinda!
the girls are ok now, they amuse Ming and I all the time! and yes, our vacation is only a few sleeps away, YAY!!

Oh for the love of food! said...

You don't need to loose weight, you are stunning and can afford a slice of cake a day!

Hi! thanks for visiting my blog, I wish I could understand French! maybe you should download one of those language translation thingys! Hope to see you at this site again!

stay-at-home mum said...

Oooh! The cake looks lovely. Will give it a try. Hope your girls are feeling better.

Kok said...

Thanks in advance!:D But if you really baked for me, I'll be reluctant to receive it. haha!:P

Anonymous said...

Food is always good. At fairs, and places where public gathers, the people making th emoney are always those selling food.

Abraham Lincoln
Brookville Daily Photo

Big Boys Oven said...

We have no problem for u to take over our kitchen for a day when you are in KL and I am sure all of us will be sitting waiting for u to churn out you talent and craft. :)

Rasa Malaysia said...

Oooh, wow, you will be keep us posted when your post is up. :)

Truffle said...

Your girls sound adorable!

Fantastic recipe. These look great and so beautifully presented too!

Jackson said...

wow... gorgeous!!! can u be my sifu??

SteamyKitchen said...

That is TOOOO cute! Isolated! LOL!!!

Oh for the love of food! said...

Stay at home mum,
Thank you, it's lovely to see you here again!

Hmmm....., I wonder why??

Thanks for visiting!

BB Oven,
Awwww..Guys! do you have to make me EARN my R&R?

Rasa Malaysia,
Famous? How? What? When? Huh??

Thank you, they are the sweetest kids and it's wonderful to be aquainted with another Aussie Food Blogger!

Thanks, I'm flattered!..but I'm not sure the hat fits!

I'm sure you've had lots of similar moments with your gorgeous boys!

Kok said...

Feel bad to trouble you. hehe.