Tuesdays with Dorie rewind: Almost-Fudge Gâteau

December 28, 2010

Has anyone acclimated to post-Christmas mode yet? Every year it amazes me how something that takes weeks to prepare for can pass by in what seems like a matter of minutes. I don't know about you, but for me this is kind of a bittersweet time of year. The Holidays are such gracious hosts, introducing us to the snow and the cold, and making everything festive and harmonious. But like a fleeting will-o'-the-wisp, they disappear all too soon, leaving behind all their belongings and a lingering fragrance. The one thing the Holidays do take away with them is the truce between Winter and myself. Winter and I are suddenly left alone together, and without the diplomacy of the holidays, it's only a matter of time before the gloves come off and we turn on each other. Ever the Debby-downer, whiny Winter reminds me that it's going to moping around for several months, threatening to last until April, if it so chooses. I throw back some verbal punches, telling Winter that the only thing it's good for is being skied upon...and making Spring look all the more beautiful. This nonchalant feud usually lasts until the first thaw. Luckily I had this cake to help ease me into the coming months!

For this week's Tuesdays with Dorie we were allowed to pick a past recipe, giving me the perfect excuse to try this one! Just as indicated in the title, this gâteau is similar in both taste and texture, to fudge. In fact, I didn't find anything cakish about this. It's more of a posh, uptown brownie. You have the option of adding a chocolate glaze, but I found it to be rich enough on it's own. This should be savored in small doses with a milk filled champagne glass. For the recipe, please click here to visit Nikki, of Crazy Delicious. She chose this way back in 2008. Thanks, Nikki. And Happy New Year Everyone!


  1. Just so irresistible! Terrific!



  2. Mmm. Lovely and rich. That sets me dreaming this morning.

  3. Hey Valerie, you are too funny! I love winter, but I remember feeling like you do after the holidays when I was a kid and teen. It was just like back to school waiting for the bus on that horribly cold street corner-very bleak after the warmth of such festivity. Me agrees;-)
    Oh, and this cake does sound like something wonderful for winter. Hot fudge in the cold is good. Yes...

  4. I feel the very same way about the winter and the holidays... almost wish that they came a couple of months later so that there was something later in winter to look forward to!

  5. You are spot on about the Christmas season..it's almost bittersweet. I can't wait until next year though.

    As for your gâteau...I'm drooling. Throughouly drooling. How moist and inviting it looks!!! Brownie style cakes really tempt me.

  6. This is the second one, I have seen and now I am even more convinced to make this. So much delicious chocolate. It is so tempting.

  7. What a beautiful cake! I got Dorie's cookbook for Christmas, so maybe I'll be trying this one sometime in the near future.

  8. The texture of this looks amazing, and I just want to dig in. I love winter, but think enjoying a slice of this while it does its thing outside is the way to go, Happy New Year!

  9. How beautiful, Valerie! And I love your suggestion about milk in a champagne glass - too cute! :)

  10. Mmm, I like your glaze-less gateau. I think it was super rich, almost too much with all the ganache I poured on top. I'm thinking maybe just a drizzle across the top.
    Love your "chat" about your issues with winter.

  11. Valerie!
    It is gorgeous - and when you said it was like a posh uptown brownie - you hit it on the head. It looks exactly like my favourite brownie recipe from Jamie Oliver with dried sour cherries (those are surprisingly delightful nuggets of pleasure to find buried in the gooey goodness!
    There is nothing like chocolate!!!
    I actually love this week reconnecting with friends and relaxing after the frenzy... maybe because the celebration continues - more or less - for an entire week around here.

  12. umm..... YUM. Almost fudge is exactly how I take all of my chocolate pastries. This looks so sinfully good.

  13. I'm practically drooling at your photos. This looks so good I wish I'd made it instead of the cinnamon rolls!

  14. Hi Valerie!
    Running in to wish you a wonderful 2011! (and that I could have a slice of that most scrumptious looking chocolate item!)

    Wishing you much happiness in 2011,

  15. holy smokes! those photos have me drooling! it's been a long time since i've made this, but it's only my the best in the book. happy new year!

  16. Ahh wow!! The gooey fudge looks sooo good, I'm thinking of making it immediately! I'm still in vacation mode :)


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