Wednesday, February 14, 2007

An Arrow and an Error

A sweet for St. Valentine's Day. What have we? Hmmm...
Not enough cream for pots de cream. Not enough eggs for Chocolate Steamed pudding. (A dense dark chocolate cake smothered in a golden custard sauce.) Looks like an attack of bad planning. What do we have? Dark chocolate pastilles. Pie cherries, frozen. Hazel nuts. Ah, yes: Frangelica hazel nut liqueur. So:
Valentine Cake
Preheat oven to 3500
Butter a nine inch square pan. Cover with a layer one deep of frozen cherries, about one and a half cups. Sprinkle with a third of a cup of brown sugar and three tablespoons of Frangelica. Grate a cup of hazel nuts medium fine. Melt a quarter cup of butter. Beat one egg til light. Slowly add a third of a cup of white sugar. Beat until dissolved. Add a half cup of cream and the melted butter. Add a cup of flour and two tablespoons of baking powder. Mix well. Add the nuts. Spread on top of cherries. cover top of cake with semi-sweet chocolate pastilles. Bake for 30 minutes or until done.
-- Dum Luk's
Well, that was the arrow intended to show my heart's devotion. I took the butter out of the freezer and put it in the micro to melt. That was the last I thought of it until I opened the micro door to set the timer. Fortunately there is the cream, so hopefully it will work.

Following an au gratin vegetables with barley, avocado salad and lamb chops the Valentine Cake worked quite well, though it was close to dry. Another time I would use the butter and three-quarters cup of cream to make the cake a bit more moist. Maybe an additional egg, too.
n.b: that's the handle of one of my Chinese cleavers stored between the counter and the stove to the left of the cake pan.
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