|my finished shortcake|
|time for a bite|
The posset cream was pretty interesting - the texture was sort of like a science experiment (as is a lot of baking!). When you scooped up the posset it became liquidy but after a few minutes of sitting on the shortcake, it became thick and creamy, with a texture almost like yogurt. It was kind of fascinating! It actually reminded me of oobleck...did you ever make that when you were little?
|my chilled lemon posset|
I was less impressed with the cake which felt like an awful lot of work for the end result. I usually love a recipe with so many steps and different parts, but this one just didn't add up in the end, in my opinion.
To start, I didn't have the correct kind of flour (wondra flour), so I followed the recipe's note to combine my cake flour with cornstarch. However, the note said to combine equal amounts of both, which seemed utterly disgusting to me to bake a cake with so much cornstarch(!) so I only used a little cornstarch.
I also thought that, with even just a portion of the called-for cornstarch, the taste seemed off (which I attributed to using the cornstarch in the first place) and the cakes were dry. So, perhaps not using wondra flour (or half cornstarch/half cake flour) really altered my end cake or maybe I over-baked them? They were a bit more moist after adding the lemon syrup...but the syrup made them much more delicate so then I had problems trying to spread my makeshift glaze (which was the next problem).
I didn't have any apple jelly for the glaze so used some of my leftover apricot lekvar instead (which I made a few weeks back for some amazing rugelach...post coming soon). This was a big mistake. Even though I thinned out the apricot lekvar, it was too thick and the flavor was much too strong for these cakes. So, overall, this week was a big miss for me.
Here are my photos...
|ingredients for the shortcakes|
|more problems...this time with making brown butter...|
my milk solids never browned
|my sifted flour and cornstarch|
|beating more and more air into the eggs and sugar mixture|
Before adding the butter to the airy egg and sugar mixture, you need to "lighten" it by mixing some of the egg and sugar mixture into the butter. Otherwise it will deflate all the work you've just done.
|"lightening" the butter|
Then the flour mixture is carefully folded in, then the cakes are baked.
|folding in...very gently|
|ready to bake...|
|the finished shortcakes|
The recipe made so much batter that I was able to fill a pan of mini rose cakes as well.
|mini rose-shaped cakes|
|the detail on the rose cakes looks so much better in the photos!|
It was kind of hard to see in person.
|a look at the crumb, before the lemon syrup is added|
|my (still) too thick apricot lekvar|
|some posset on the plate and then a rose cake|
|a shortcake with lemon posset|
Bye for now...