Brown Butter Vanilla Bean Weekend Cake – simple, yet multi-faceted and it’s ideal for any occasion. Serve it with tea in the afternoon or dolled up at the end of a fancy schmancy meal.
Brown Butter Vanilla Bean Weekend Cake
I’m delighted to be back with Tuesdays with Dorie. Twice a month, we’re posting from Dorie Greenspan’s latest cookbook, Baking Chez Moi, which features uncomplicated desserts from her Paris kitchen.
This loaf cake, for instance, only contains butter, flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, vanilla, eggs, cream and some optional booze. Nothing that most of us don’t have in our kitchen at any given time.
But it’s a few tricks from Dorie, and a specific order for adding and mixing ingredients that makes this one special. Unsure of what a constitutes a “weekend cake?” Dorie defines it as “a simple, sturdy cake that will last the weekend, that can be put out to be nibbled by family and houseguests…” Sounds good to me.
Dorie Worked Her Magic
First up in this Brown Butter Vanilla Bean Weekend Cake recipe was the brown butter or beurre noisette, which Dorie also referred to as “hazelnut butter.” Unsalted butter was cooked till fragrant, browned and nutty. It provided an irresistible caramel nuance to this cake—I wish I could bottle the divine aroma.
The next twist was the vanilla. In a pinch, use vanilla extract, but a fresh vanilla bean is worth the splurge. I split one down the center and scraped out the tiny seeds. Her tip was to use your fingers to massage the vanilla pulp into the sugar till it becomes moist and fragrant. This nifty trick works magnificently with citrus zest, too.
The dry ingredients were whisked together and set aside, then the eggs were mixed into the vanilla sugar, followed by the cream, and rum or Amaretto (I used the latter). I used a large rubber spatula to fold in the dry ingredients, then added the butter in two stages and mixed till incorporated. About an hour in the oven and you’ll have a sweet nibble for your weekend guests.
You may need these supplies to make this brown butter vanilla bean weekend cake recipe:
Here is a link to Dorie’s recipe for Brown Butter Vanilla Bean Weekend Cake from her latest cookbook, Baking Chez Moi. See what the Doristas thought of this recipe on the Tuesdays with Dorie LYL page.