White Chocolate Pattycake – Julia Child & Marcel Desaulniers

White Chocolate Pattycake – Marcel Desaulniers

The Cake

  • 12 ounces white chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 stick (2 ounces) unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 6 large eggs, separated, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 4 large egg yolks, at room temperture
  • 1/2 cup cake flour, sifted
  • melted butter, for greasing the pans

The Crush

  • two 8 ounce packages frozen whole raspberries in light syrup, thawed or still frosty
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 pint fresh raspberries

Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 325 °F.  Brush the bottom and sides of two 9 inch round cake pans with a light coating of melted butter, line with parchment paper rounds, and lightly butter the paper; set aside

Heat an inch of water in the bottom of a double boiler.  Put the chocolate, butter, and 2 tablespoons water in the top of the double boiler and heat over low heat, whisking all the while, until the chocolate and butter are melted.  The mixture may seem broken or curdled, but it will come together almost completely when it is whisked.  (If it doesn’t, the cake will still be fine.)  Remove the pan from the heat and whisk vigorously to blend.  The ideal method for mixing this cake is to beat the yolks and 1/2 cup of the sugar together, then keep them mixing on low speed and, while they’re mixing, beat the whites in another bowl.  If you have both a standing and a hand-held mixer, you can do it this way.  If not, follow these instructions for whites first:  In a mixer fitted whit the whisk attachment, whisk the egg whites until they form soft peaks, about 3 minutes.  Still beating, add 1/4 cup of the sugar, and continue mixing until whites are stiff but still shiny, 2 to 3 minutes more.  Gently -very gently- transfer the meringue to another bowl and begin work on the yolks.  Working in the mixer (there’s no need to wash the bowl), this time fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the 10 yolks and the remaining 1/2 cup of sugar on high speed for 2 minutes, scrape down the bowl and continue to beat for 2 minutes more, or until the mixture is slightly thickened and pale yellow.  Add the melted chocolate to the yolks and increase mixer speed to medium; beat for about 30 seconds to blend.  Remove the bowl from the mixer and, working with a rubber spatula, gently fold in the sifted cake flour.  Pile one third of the egg whites onto the mixture and stir them in with the spatula to lighten the batter.  Gently fold in the remaining whites.

Divide the batter between the two pans and smooth the tops.  Bake 26 to 28 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cakes comes out clean.  Transfer the cakes to cooling racks and let them stand for 20 minutes.

Invert the cakes onto cardboard cake rounds (or the rounds from tart pans with removable bottoms) and cool to room temperature, with the parchment rounds still in place.  When the cakes are completely cool, remove the parchment paper, cover, and refrigerate until needed.  Covered well with plastic wrap and refrigerated, the cake layers can be make 2 to 3 days in advance; they can be frozen up to a month.  Thaw, still wrapped, at room temperature

Put the frozen raspberries, sugar and lemon juice in the work bowl of a food processor fitted with the metal blade and whirl until smooth, 15 to 20 seconds.  Push the mixture through a strainer:  You should have about 1 cup.  If you want, you can make more raspberry crush and use the extra as a sauce to decorate the plates.

To finish the cake, remove the layers from the refrigerator and press down on the edges with your fingers, patty-cake fashion.  Spoon half of the rasberry crush onto one fo the layers and spread to even.  Top with the other layer, spoon on the remaining crush, spread it to smooth, and top with the fresh berries, placing them close together in a single layer.  The cake should be refrigerated until just before serving time, or for up to 8 hours.  Bring the cake back to a little cooler than room temperature before serving.

If you would like you can garnish with a dollop of freshly whipped cream on top of each slice of cake and top off with a fresh raspberry.

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