As I mentioned previously, I picked up a copy of Dorie Greenspan’s Baking Chez Moi on eBay for a song! I have been drooling over her recipes for some time, and decided to participate in Tuesdays With Dorie.
This week’s recipe is Brown Butter and Vanilla Bean Weekend Cake. The cake has the consistency of a pound cake with a very delicate flavor. The crust tastes of caramelized sugar! And the whole thing mixes up in less than 30 minutes (not including bake time). Instead of paying $11.99 for two limp, flaccid, flavorless, dried out Vanilla Beans from the supermarket, I substituted with Vanilla Bean paste (Nielsen-Massey), using as much as the recipe called for Vanilla extract.
I will say that the aroma of this cake baking is maddening! I nearly wanted to eat the oven while I was baking it off. Even though Dorie says to wait a day for the flavors to develop further, there is just no way.
This is definitely a keeper! More of a tea cake, I think, than a dessert cake, but still equally delicious!