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Let them eat cake #FlavoursomeTuesdays

Hello and welcome to another edition of #FlavoursomeTuesdays

This time I am in New Jersey, enjoying the last few days of a winter that has been unusually cold. The second day after my arrival I was actually driving home in a snow shower : a first for me that literally had me holding my breath as Ms. Papaya was whining for the inside light to be put on and Daughter No. 1 was trying to concentrate on the lines on the road that were fast getting invisible with the snow. 

But one of the joys of being in the US and with Daughter No 1 is the opportunity to try out new foods as Daughter No 1 is a food snob. She loves indulging in her taste for the exotic and unusual especially when it comes to cakes and baked goods. 

Marie Antoinette , the queen of France is reportedly to have said “let them eat cake ” when her courtiers informed her that the common man was starving and had no bread to eat . Apparently this callous remark triggered the French Revolution and Marie lost her head to the guillotine.

Of course whether or not she actually said this remains a moot point . Equally, this was not the sole reason for the revolution. But what is undoubtedly true is the fact that nothing can quite compare with the absolute bliss of eating a freshly baked cake.

Cooking is in itself a therapeutic activity and many renowned chefs have found themselves drawn to this activity . There is something calming about chopping , cutting , dicing , slicing , grating , mincing – cutting down to size the various ingredients required to make a dish.

And then you have the different processes like searing , basting, frying, roasting, baking , simmering and cooking to get that perfect meal.

It is no wonder then that food and food preparation holds a strange fascination for so many people . Especially for those who don’t HAVE to cook on a daily basis.

But funnily enough, most first time cooks are attracted to baking . Perhaps it is the precision : measuring out ingredients, mixing them step by step, putting them into the oven and watching them bake to perfection .

Daughter No1 ( who sadly HAS to cook every meal every day) somehow enjoys making her cake and eating it .

Beyond the recipe

She also loves recipe books – not the usual meat and potato kind but those that go beyond the mere recipe, with pretty pictures and a lot of information . Books that have a new perspective to cooking is what she is on the look out for.

Browsing through her book shelf I came upon this delightful book by celebrity chef and Food scientist Mich Turner. This book is a cake lover’s dream with visual treats that are simple to make and healthy as well.

So on this wet and dreary February Sunday , she decided to make a Lemon Cream Cake to take along with us when we went visiting friends later in the afternoon. To add to the deliciousness , we served it with a freshly made Blackberry compote.

Here’s the recipe for both.

Peanut oil or butter for greasing an 8 ” round baking tin

1 3/4 cup all purpose flour or maida

1 lightly mounded teaspoon of baking powder

3 large eggs separated

Scant 1 1/2 cups castor sugar

1 cup heavy cream

Grated zest of 1 lemon

1 town vanilla essence

Vanilla sugar for dusting

And here’s what you have to do :

  1. Heat the oven to 350 F . Grease and line the bottom and sides of an 8″ round springform cake pan ( She used a square regular cake tin )

  2. Sift together flour and baking powder. Place the egg yolks and sugar together in a bowl and whisk until thick and aerated. Beat in the cream slowly until just mixed. DO NOT OVERBEAT. Fold in the dry ingredients and vanilla essence.

  3. Whisk egg whites till they reach soft peak stage and fold into the batter with a metal spoon.

  4. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and place in the oven .

  5. Immediately reduce the heat to 325 F and bake for 50-60 minutes until golden brown and a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean.

  6. Remove from the oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool . Let it sit in the pan for 10 minutes before turning it out to cool completely. ( She didn’t have a wire rack so she cooled it bottom up on a regular plate )

  7. Dust with vanilla sugar and serve. (She used icing sugar instead)

While the cake was baking I made the blackberry compote. I didn’t make it as per the recipe given in the book because we ran out of blackberries.

But here’s the recipe for a fresh fruit compote .

Place 4 1/2 cups of fresh or frozen fruit in a pan. Add 1/2 cup castor sugar and bring to a gentle simmer over medium heat.

Cook, stirring occasionally, for about24-30 minutes , till the fruit has softened and reduced to pulp. Add lemon zest or juice of 1 lemon or orange (if you so like) to taste.

Now that is super easy isn’t it ?

According to the author, because the cake is made with heavy cream instead of butter, the fat content is reduced from 80 % to 46%! This also means that it is best eaten the same day. Of course that was no problem with four of us and Ms Papaya waiting to gobble it up!

What is Flavoursome Tuesdays?

Last year my food blog, Foodities , died a natural death by mere neglect . However, being a foodie, I missed writing about food and memories associated with food . So I began #FlavoursomeTuesdays – a weekly post on food . Soon I found that  an enthusiastic blogger Shilpa of Metanoia  was joining in with her delightful stories . And occasionally we got Alana , Obsessive Mom and VaaydiPennu too.

This encouraged me to launch a Linky party.

Thus we give you, Shilpa and I, BellyBytes our official #FlavoursomeTuesday. 

Incidentally both of us are technically challenged and learning on the go.  So if we do get anything wrong …. please bear with us.

One thing we do assure you is a good time with food and memories .

So do join us for this Pot Luck hosted by us on the first Tuesday of every month. The Linky will be open till the following Monday, giving you a week to join in with your own contribution.

Ingredients for a #FlavoursomeTuesday:

  • Food memories
  • Food stories
  • Food photos
  • Recipes & Restaurant reviews

All these are optional. You can bring in any of the above or all!

Method:

  1. Write a blog post and hashtag it #FlavoursomeTuesdays
  2. Drop your links in the comments on my blog and on Shilpa’s blog.
  3. Visit  Shilpa’s blog and blogs of others left in the comments.
  4. Leave some comments too and share the love on social media.
  5. Sit back and enjoy the party.

Do feel free to share the badge on your blog to let the others know .

Please link up with Shilpa as I’m unable to make a Linky.

Do visit this food memory shared  by my friend Amita Sathe Bambawale at Amita’s Mind Space. http://amitasmindspaces.blogspot.com/2018/02/chittapavan-brahmin-cuisine-complexity.html?m=1

Looking forward to seeing you today and on the first Tuesday of every month !

Bon Appetit mes amis !

Author: Bellybytes

Proud Mumbai gal who always sees the humour in life. The mum who made banana fritters when all the other mums made cupcakes.

20 Comments on “Let them eat cake #FlavoursomeTuesdays

  1. I was brought up with a feeling that cooking is something that requires no brains… Somehow that has created a barrier for me to really make an effort to cook, try different cuisines etc.. Thankfully, I could keep this out of my daughter and she is an excellent cook especially baker! I can almost see her in your Daughter no 1
    🙂
    Managed to think of one food memory to join #FlavoursomeTuesday !
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    1. Yes unfortunately our generation was brought up to believe that clever women don’t cook. My mom was most upset that my first ever published book is a Cook book !

  2. Have your cake, eat it and share your tale! Every baking is invariably associated with a flavorsome and aromatic memory. Your post tempted me to visit the nearest cake shop and indulge in some pure bliss! I will check if they have lemon cake to offer….

  3. I was drooling all along this post, Sunita! I too love baking much more than cooking and go to any lengths to learn something new.

    These days my baking has taken a temporary halt as I think the oven needs a good servicing. Once that’s done, my baking gets back on track, and then I will try this recipe.

  4. I love baking too but recently had a disaster trying to make a honey cake. The center part of the cake went inside, you can understand how bad it looked. Taste was good though. Fortunately, that was not any special occassion.

  5. I wish I was good at baking. I love lemon flavoured cakes… The contrast in taste makes it so yummy. Since we cook our dinner almost everyday, I am not very particular about trying new stuffs, even though my husband is. Have a nice stay in US.

    1. I can imagine cooking everyday after a hard day’s work can’t be much fun…. but knowing you, I’m sure one day when the bug bites you will land up beating Nigella at her game

  6. I’m a horrible baker – my cakes burn, sink, crumble – anything but look nice and pretty like they are supposed to. And still, the way you wrote this post makes me want to run to the kitchen and whip up this cake!

    btw, do read Michelle Moran’s Madame Tussaud – she’s an excellent historical fiction writer and this book is set in the time of thr French Revolution. Lots of interesting and eye opening insights here.
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  7. That cake looks fabulous and how kind of you to share the recipe. I’ve just found out about flavoursome Tuesdays and will try and join your blog hop next Tuesday. In the meantime have fun with daughter no 1

  8. Wow!! this cake recipe looks so damn easy and I am going to overcome my fear of overbeating cream and actually try this out; loved your narration a lot Sunita!!

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