Chocolate Hazelnut Gateau Recipe
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Chocolate Hazelnut Gateau Recipe

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Gateau (pronounces ga-tow) is the French word for any rich and fancy cake. I think you'll agree this dense chocolate dessert has just the right amount of sweetness. —Michelle Krzmarzick, Torrance, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 2/3 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs, separated
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips, melted and cooled
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2/3 cup ground hazelnuts, toasted
  • GLAZE:
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • Toasted slivered almonds and fresh mint leaves

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 384 calories, 25g fat (14g saturated fat), 89mg cholesterol, 256mg sodium, 40g carbohydrate (31g sugars, 2g fiber), 4g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg yolks, melted chocolate and vanilla. Combine the flour and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture alternately with milk, beating well after each addition. Stir in the hazelnuts.
  2. In a small bowl, beat egg whites until stiff peaks form; carefully fold into batter. Spread into a greased 9-in. springform pan. Place pan on a baking sheet.
  3. Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on wire rack for 10 minutes. Carefully run a knife around edge of pan to loosen; remove sides of pan. Cool completely.
  4. In a saucepan, bring the butter, corn syrup and water to a boil; stirring constantly. Remove from the heat. Add the chocolate chips; stir until smooth. Cool to room temperature. Spread over top and sides of gateau. Garnish with almonds and mint. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Chocolate Hazelnut Gateau in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2004, p93

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Mrs. Mickey Adams User ID: 5115541 155250
Reviewed May. 12, 2010

"I also made this with black walnuts. AWESOME. My family said to use the walnuts instead of the hazel nuts."

faye_100 User ID: 800026 133391
Reviewed Mar. 6, 2009

"I just needed a chocolate fix,I wanted somethig different. An this really fit the bill. Definatly will make again"

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