La Bête Noire

Preheat oven to 325°F.

Use a 9 inch pan with foil wrapped around the removable bottom part of the pan. Butter the pan as well.

12 oz of bittersweet chocolate
1/2 lb of unsalted butter (2 sticks)
5 whole eggs
1/3 cup of sugar


1 cup of sugar
1/2 cup of water

  • Over double boiler, melt the chocolate and the butter together.
  • In the meantime, beat the eggs and the sugar for 5 minutes.
  • Make a syrup with the sugar and water; cook until it dissolves.
  • Mix the syrup in the chocolate, then gently fold the mixture into the eggs.
  • Cook at 325°F for 40 t0 45 minutes (it may still be a bit soft in the center).
  • Refrigerate overnight, otherwise it is difficult to unmold.

Crème Anglaise

1 cup of milk
2 egg yolks
1/4 cup of sugar
1 tsp of vanilla

  • In a small saucepan, scald the milk and add the vanilla.
  • In a medium bowl, beat the egg yolks and sugar until light.
  • Gradually add the hot milk to this mixture.
  • Pour back into the cleaned saucepan and cook over low heat stirring constantly with a spoon.
  • Stop only when it coats the spoon.
  • Do not overheat or it will curdle. (If it does, pour the mixture in the food processor and mix with the metal blade for a good minute to save the day.  It will not have the same smoothness, though.)

Chocolate Glaze

1/2 cup of whipping cream
1/4 cup of milk
10 oz of semisweet chocolate

  • In a small saucepan place heavy cream and milk.
  • Bring to a boil.
  • Remove from heat and set aside for 2 minutes.
  • Stir in the chocolate until it melts.
  • Strain if desired and use immediately.