Hot Milk Cake

December 20, 2004

I like pastry and baked goods.

I am on a low-saturated-fat diet.

So, I am constantly on the lookout for cakes I can eat.

Lately I have been working on hot milk cake. Below the fold is my most recent attempt. It is getting closer to what I want (I overcooked this one and the outer edge is leathery.)

Hot Milk Cake
modified from King Arthur Baking Guide
as of December 20, 2004 - still working on the method as the latest cake was overcooked.

"Beat me"
2 eggs
2/3 cup sugar
tsp corn starch
1/8 tsp salt

cup milk (2% is like cream), heated 90 seconds in microwave just before used.
1 tsp flavor du jour

1 cup AP flour (try half AP, half cake)
1 tsp baking powder

"Mis en place"
preheat oven to 325
butter and flour an 8*8 cake pan (or a 9 inch round, go half again as much on everything for a 9*9 square, double everything for 2 9 inch rounds)

sift flour and baking powder together
get milk ready to heat

combine sugar, salt, and corn starch in a large mixing bowl
add the eggs
beat until a thick ribbon (you won't reach OLE but you should get to the O)
(5 on the hand mixer does nicely)

once it is almost at O, heat the milk 90 seconds in microwave
beat the milk into the eggs by very little dribbles - it should take a couple of minutes. You are trying to get the cooking effect of a genoise beaten over hot water, only by adding hot fluid to the eggs, sugar, and air.

Add the flavor. We find straight vanilla boring, almond with a little lemon very tasty, lemon with a little almond also good. J wants me to try anise soon.

Turn the mixer to its lowest (fold) setting.
Sprinkle the flour in a little at a time, and fold into the batter. Again, this should take a couple of minutes.

Once the flour is in and the batter is thick and smooth, pour into prepared cake pan and bake
8*8 is done in about 35 minutes at 325 in our hot oven.

Cool in pan 5 minutes, on rack until toddler demands cake now.

I like to sprinkle with confectioner's sugar. J finds that boring and wants a new hat for the cake. (A cake is not properly dressed unless it has a hat on.)

Posted by Red Ted at December 20, 2004 09:14 PM | TrackBack