Tuesday, January 27, 2015

TWD ~ Baking Chez Moi ~ Brown Butter and Vanilla Bean Weekend Cake

TWD ~ Baking Chez Moi ~ Brown Butter and Vanilla Bean Weekend Cake

Another Tuesday, another terrific dessert! This week, for Tuesdays with Dorie, we made a wonderfully easy and delicious cake! It's called a "Weekend Cake".  According to Dorie, the French call this type of cake a weekend cake because it lasts all weekend! I love the French name: Gateaux de Voyage, which translates to travel or weekend cake. This is the kind of cake you bake, and then take with you on a picnic or to a friend’s house.  Everything sounds so much more elegant in French! 
  
My new favorite “go to” cake
As luck would have it, we were invited to a get-together on Sunday. It was a “Souper Bowl” party, and yes I know…I did spell it right!  This party had nothing to do with football, and everything to do with soup. Everyone invited brought a pot of their favorite soup, along with some bread, and dessert! Lucky for me I had a lovely travel cake on the agenda! Along with my Manhattan clam chowder, I brought Dories’ “Brown Butter and Vanilla Bean Weekend Cake”.  Since I was serving it for dessert, I also brought some whipped cream, and raspberries to dress it up…not that it needed it!  It was a perfectly delightful dessert to end a marvelous day with friends!

This cake was also heavenly with my afternoon tea! Whichever way you prefer it…I’m sure you will love it! 

 Dorie is right...the next day it was better!
The ingredients were simple everyday ingredients that you would normally find in your pantry or fridge. Butter, flour, eggs, sugar, vanilla, salt and baking powder, I even had the heavy cream handy. The weather was quite cold here, with a lot of snow…a perfect day for baking! The cake whipped up quickly. First, browning the butter, watching it closely so it doesn’t burn. Whisk the flour, salt and baking powder together. Then whisk the eggs into the sugar…now whisk the wet ingredients into the flour mixture. Stir in the browned butter; pour into a 9x5 loaf pan and bake. That’s it folks!
Dorie does suggest wrapping the cake overnight in plastic wrap, so the flavors can meld. An essential step for this cake…the flavors were much better the second day!  Happy Tuesday, everyone!!

You can find this recipe in Dorie Greenspan’s new cookbook, “Baking Chez Moi”. Do yourself a favor and get a copy! We are asked not to publish the recipes we bake each week, however in this case it has already been shared. You can find it here. To see what the other bakers thought of this recipe check it out here.


Browned butter or Beurre noisette…the aroma is divine 
Ready to bake
Gateaux de Voyage or Weekend Cake…amazing!

Happy Snow Day to my fellow East-Coasters!! 

36 comments:

  1. Kathy, your Gateaux de Voyage looks lovely. Adding the browned butter really gave it a delicious
    flavor. We loved it and will make it again, it was quite easy. Enjoy the snow.

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  2. So pretty! A perfect dessert to take along with you - on a voyage or to an afternoon spent with friends.
    I hope you weathered the storm okay - we didn't get a single drop of snow. I am glad that we didn't have to deal with the mess, but I was kind of hoping for a snow day too :-)

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  3. You did it right by adding whipped cream and berries, as I thought the cake by itself was a bit dry.

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  4. Okay, you win this week on photos alone. Well, and the fact that your cake looks fabulous draped in those berries and whipped cream. This was such a great little recipe, beginning to end (with the end being the eating part). I smiled all through your post, as usual, but then I grinned really big at the end with the photo of the birdies at the feeder in the snow, so precious. Stay warm! :-)

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  5. Wow! It looks amazing with the whipped cream and berries...nice work!

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  6. Your cake looks really great with the berries and the whipped cream. Glad that you enjoyed it.

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  7. Oh, what a great little cake to make! It looks delicious and the raspberries finished it perfectly.

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  8. The dusting of powdered sugar is very pretty. And I love the idea of a souper bowl party! That's great :-)

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  9. It looks perfect, Kathy! Love the heavy dusting of powdered sugar---a lovely touch!!!

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  10. Your cake looks perfect! Love the dusting of the powdered sugar, makes the cake looks extra special! And serving it with raspberries and cream, looks simply divine!

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  11. Lovely cake ..just fantastic with the berries and cream!
    I hope you're staying warm and dry with your big east coast storm ;). Sounds like a good time to stay home and bake!

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  12. Your cake is so pretty ... looks delicious with the raspberries.

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  13. Your cake is beautiful and looks so delicious with the berries and cream. I agree about the aroma of the browned butter. When I folded it into the batter the aroma almost made me swoon.

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  14. Love the winter birdhouse. I made this cake and let is set overnight. I am serving it tonight for my book club so I am going to post tomorrow. It will be Wednesday with Dorie for me. I like the idea of a souper party.

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  15. It looks fantastic with the fresh berries and cream. I'm glad it was a hit for you.

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  16. Your cake looks beautiful with raspberries and cream. I will try it again as a desert next time.
    Love the birdhouse.

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  17. I love that you sprinkled the top of yours with sugar! Even more delicious

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  18. beautiful! beautiful really georgeous! I love this one Kathy! and the raspberries!:)
    I think look....perfect!

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  19. Berries and cream would be a great addition to a slice of this loaf -- and your pics look fab!

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  20. I loved this cake too. Yours looks beautiful!

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  21. Kathy, your cake turned out stunning! The powdered sugar is a nice touch and I am drooling over the raspberries. This cake was so fun because it was super easy and my family looooved it I know I'll make it again... Thursday to be exact ;0)
    happy baking to you!

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  22. I love the powdered sugar on top! I will do that next time. Also, do you have a favorite Manhattan Clam Chowder recipe…I love Manhattan and usually find they are New England Clam Chowder. Best I ever had was visiting Boston last fall!!!

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  23. So pretty Kathy! I love the way you topped it. I also love your cake knife. I know I have one like it, and searched and searched for it for the photo, but couldn't find it. Now I'm going to obsess. Beautiful food styling!

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  24. A fantastic butter cake! I love its light and smooth texture.

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  25. I thought I would jump into Baking Chez Moi with this week's recipe, Kathy. It looked just like my kind of dessert loaf and, from your description, it is. But too much food to make this week and not enough mouths to share it. I do hope to get it made this week-end when Melissa is here with me. I will be careful with the brown butter, just as you suggested. Is that a tufted titmouse?

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    1. Mary, It is a tufted titmouse! We attract quite a few birds, over the winter, with our feeder. Once Spring is here, and the bears come out of hibernation my feeders come down! And occasionally they are taken down for us by the bears!!
      I hope you do get this cake baked…I think you’ll really enjoy it! It would also be nice baking along with you!

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  26. I loved this cake, perfectly balanced and not too sweet!

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  27. Your cake is so pretty. I am loving the photos of the birds in your garden. There are no woodpeckers here - Woody Woodpecker is the only woodpecker I know anything about (which shows my age!).

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  28. I haven't come across a brown butter cake before. When I look at your cake I had to think of our yogurt cake which my grandmother would always make. The two resemble. This is going into the recipe box, thanks!

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  29. Love how you present this simple and delicious cake, great recipe :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  30. Kathy, your cake looks lovely! Love the presentation, especially the second photo.

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  31. I am reading this post JUST in time! I needed a simple but elegant dessert for company on Monday, so I will bake this tomorrow! Your photos and presentation are beautiful! ~ David

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  32. I love that you went to a 'Souper Bowl' party - now that's my idea of a gathering! Our co-op will be having a soup swap later this month and I'm looking forward to it. I loved this cake, too, and yours looks perfect! The way you served it would be wonderful for a gathering.

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  33. It is so pretty with the dusting of 'snow'! I have that same pan, but I didn't use it for this loaf. The photo of your bird feeder and visitors is gorgeous!

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  34. Your cake looks delicious! Alas I am on a diet--all this blog recipe testing is giving me a muffin top

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  35. Yum! Looks fantastic with the raspberries and whipped cream. I'm sure it was a big hit at the party. poking at your snowy pictures I feel like I live on a totally different planet. It's in the 80's here right now.

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