|Two times a charm|
This weeks Baking with Julia recipe is French Strawberry Cake. The base for this cake is Julia’s recipe for the Perfect Génoise. Madeleines, also made with a basic Génoise batter, have long been a favorite of mine, and I make them quite often. So, I expected no trouble with this cake. Wrong!! I made this cake twice! I found that my first had a hard, heavy layer on the bottom and it did not rise at all. The second was better but, still not as good as it should have been. I put my cake together, with my beautiful just picked strawberries (it’s strawberry season in NJ) and took my photos! Then I went back into the kitchen and made a third cake that came out close to perfect! There was no way I was going to quit until I mastered this recipe! Before I made my last cake; I did some online research and watched a video I found of Julia Child and Flo Braker making a Génoise Part 1 and Part 2 .
Warming your eggs (still in the shell) in a bowl of warm water before using them, was something I always do or, I use room temperature eggs. I also found that I needed to beat the egg and sugar mixture longer then the suggested 5 minutes. Ten minutes gave me a perfect ribbon. Lastly, the most important thing I learned was to sift the flour, in small amounts, over the batter and then fold it in. I don’t think this recipe was clear about how to incorporate the flour.
Now I have a lovely Génoise waiting in my freezer, to be served the next time I have company coming over! This was a very lovely light dessert and my just picked strawberries made it even better. It was reminiscent of the strawberry shortcake my grandmother used to make except, she used to buy the sponge cake sold in the grocery store! Happy Tuesday everyone!
Our hosts this week for Baking with Julia are Sophia of Sophia’s Sweets and Allison of Sleep Love Think Dine. The recipe will be posted on blogs.
|I did everything as written….prepared my pan….sifted my flour|
|This was the first time…after 5 minutes…I didn’t get pictures the third time around…but I beat it |
for 10 minutes and it came out perfect
|My very fresh just picked strawberries|
|Although it caused a lot of angst…it really did come out pretty|
|Wish you could join me|
|Very delicious…although not the perfect spongecake...|
|We still enjoyed it!!|