Thursday, November 11, 2010

FFWD ~ Caramel-Topped Semolina Cake

So here we are again…It's French Fridays with Dorie! I have to admit I am having a lot of fun with this! Making recipes that I might have flagged to make but, never actually getting around to doing. I chose to make the Semolina cake this week. I am of Lebanese decent and grew up with many baked goods made with semolina. I really love the grainy texture. I have been intrigued with this recipe since it was selected as one of the November picks.  So today, after I got home from my volunteer job at the hospital, I went right to work on this cake. Truthfully it was not difficult to make but, needed complete attention while putting it together. So much so, that I was not able to take process photos.  First you are bringing the milk to just a boil. You have to continually stir so it will not scorch! Then you add the cream of wheat, slowly and stirring constantly. Let that cool. While it's cooling, you have to start the Caramel, which can scorch very quickly, so you want to watch it carefully.  Heating the pan in the oven was a good tip. It made the caramel easy to manipulate when poured into the pan. Add the beaten eggs and vanilla to the cream of wheat and scrape into the baking pan over the caramel.  After you take this out of the oven, place cake plate over pan and invert. I slid a knife around the edge of pan before I did this. I really loved this recipe but, would not have classified it as a cake. It is more like a flan or pudding. I had my chief taster give me his review! We will definitely be making this again.



The finished cake


 My piece


This Recipe comes from Dorie Greenspan's new book 'Around My French Table'.

12 comments:

  1. Your cake looks magnificent! A job well done.

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  2. I thought it was like a pudding too, and delicious! Glad you liked it.
    :)

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  3. That was smart to run the knife around the edges before inverting! Glad this turned out so well! :)

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  4. It looks perfect! I really liked it too. Your photos are lovely!

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  5. Im so glad you liked it. Im looking fwd to making this one next week! It look so good and im sure it tasted yummy!

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  6. I love your food pictures, and I have tried some of your recipes and they are wonderful. My friends are all so excited and have done some of your recipes as well and love what you are doing. xoxox

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  7. Lovely job. I'll be making this one again, too.

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  8. Beautiful cake! It was a hit at our house too. Plus, I've been eating Cream of Wheat all week for breakfast since I have it in the house now. :)

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  9. Great job on your cake! I went towards the flan this time but cake is up next. I hope I get that great color!
    Trevor Sis. Boom.

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  10. I have not made the cake yet, but the recipes so far have been amazing. Simple, and delicious.
    Your cake looks great, all golden brown and glistening with goodness.
    Next week I'll try my hand at it:)

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  11. Your cake turned out so nice and perfect! I'm completely jealous. Great job!

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  12. Thanks everyone for the very nice comments. I really enjoy hearing from you all. Steph, I too have been eating a lot of Cream of Wheat but I'll save some for another try at this cake. We really enjoyed it!

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