Monday, September 27, 2010

Hot toddy birthday cake

pretty much exactly this

1/2 stick butter
1/4 c flour
1/4 t salt
1 c milk
1/3 c fresh lemon juice (one lemon plus a bit)
grated lemon zest of one lemon
2.5 oz bourbon
3 eggs, separated
3 T honey
1/3 c sugar

Preheat the oven to 350F. Microwave the butter in a little bowl and let cool for a bit. Use the wrapper to butter a casserole dish. Stir together flour and salt in a large bowl. Combine milk, lemon juice and zest, and whiskey in the 2-cup pyrex; the milk will curdle but it seemed to be fine. When the butter is warm but not hot, stir in the honey and egg yolks (putting the whites in a large bowl). Stir the milk and honey mixtures into the flour. Beat the egg whites until frothy, and keep beating gradually add the sugar, until the surface is glossy and it forms stiff peaks. Stir a bit of whites into the batter to lighten, then fold in the rest. Pour the batter into the buttered dish. Make a water bath by putting the cake dish in a 9x13 pan and putting some hot water in the pan. Bake for 45 min until puffy, golden brown, and cooked through (mine was browned but not at all cooked through after 30 min; cover with foil in that case). Take out of the water bath to cool, and eat when warm.

Happy birthday Lester!

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