French Quatre-Quarts: basic and delicious!

We just got back from our annual trip to France and it is time to open the recipe books we acquired there.IMG_7873

This one, “Quatre-Quarts forever” by Claire Tellier delivers some great recipes based on the classic “4-quarters” loaf cake. For this, you need a recipe with a quarter each butter, flour, sugar and eggs. The starting point is the well-proportioned batter, to which pretty much any additional ingredient and flavoring can be added.

Here we tried the Salted Caramel and Pralin Quatre-Quarts, IMG_7874We skipped the caramel making and used a jar of salted caramel and also used pre-made praline powder (pralin). All these are readily available at any supermarket in France but you can also make them from scratch without too much trouble. We’ve used pralin in another of our desserts here and the salted caramel is easy enough to make at homeIMG_7876

You’ll need:

2 eggs

120 g sugar

120 g salted butter

120 g whole wheat pastry flour

1 tsp baking powder

100 g salted caramel (see below)

3 TBsp pralin

1 pinch salt

If you make your own caramel, you’ll need:

300 cl heavy cream

300 g sugar

150 g salted butterIMG_7863



For the caramel:

In saucepan, heat cream. In a second saucepan, heat butter and sugar over high heat. Mix until caramel takes on a nice golden color. Remove from heat and add heated cream. Combine and heat again for another 5 minutes over medium heat. Pour your mixture into a jar and close it tightly. Let cool. (can be made in advance and refrigerated. Bring to room temperature before use)

For the cake:

Preheat oven to 350F

Beat eggs, pinch of slat and sugar with electric mixer until mixture becomes light in color and creamy. IMG_7864 IMG_7865

Melt butter in microwave and add it to egg mixture. Continue to mix while adding flour, baking powder, pralin (see here for homemade recipe) and 100g caramel.IMG_7866IMG_7867IMG_7868IMG_7869IMG_7870IMG_7871

Spray cake pan with cooking spray and pour batter into it.IMG_7872

Bake for 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.IMG_7874This has a distonctive and delicious caramel flavor.




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