Today’s post is the fourteenth in a series of weekly Julia Child recipes. This week, finance director Beth Kline reveals the poetry behind baking a decadent chocolate dessert.
“A Very Rich, Very Light Chocolate Cake”
Julia called this cake a “dark and delicious cousin of the Quatre Quarts,” the yellow butter pound cake that originally called for a quarter pound of its four ingredients—eggs, sugar, flour, and butter. Le Glorieux, however, uses cornstarch instead of flour, and 5 large eggs. An essential step is to sift the cornstarch before sprinkling it into the egg mixture, a step easily handled with a sifter or a simple wire strainer. In Julia’s kitchen, these three strainers hung at the ready off the hood of the Garland range.