This is likely to be blasphemous for a meals author to say out loud however….
…I’m a giant fan of the entire “One Recipe Matches All” idea relating to baking. I’ve my one fruit crisp recipe that I take advantage of 12 months spherical (swapping in no matter fruit is in season), and my one chocolate “mud cake” recipe that I make for particular events (layering it for birthday muffins or freezing it for ice cream muffins or baking it a coronary heart form for Valentine’s Day). I believe it is because the variables round baking terrify me (omg have you ever ever omitted baking powder by chance???), so after I discover a good method, I keep it up.
That is why I’m in love with Dorie Greenspan’s The whole lot Cake. It’s from her new e book, Baking with Dorie, which is, actually, a whole assortment dedicated to the idea of flexibility with traditional recipes. It’s one-bowl, tender and spongey, and is the type of cake that may be something you want it to be: frosted, fruit-stuffed, sugar-dusted, almond-studded, and, most necessary, reliable. Right here’s what she has to say about it…
From Dorie: I had hassle deciding on a reputation for this simple one-bowl cake that you just combine by hand. It’s like a sponge cake, however moist and a smidge chewy; you style the butter, however you wouldn’t name the cake wealthy, simply good. Its magnificence lies in its prospects. You may taste it by including different elements to the batter or by infusing spices, herbs or tea into the melted butter that goes into it. It may well welcome fruit, recent or dried, both within the batter or on prime of it (the fruit often sinks, however that’s fantastic). It may be frosted — I prefer it with a confectioners’ sugar icing — or brushed with heat jam, or simply sprinkled with sugar. It may be sliced and stuffed, and it’s good with a topping of poached fruit, whipped cream and even sizzling fudge sauce. I’ve steered a couple of concepts (see Enjoying Round, beneath), however there are various extra prospects so that you can uncover by yourself.
The The whole lot Cake
From Baking with Dorie: Sweet, Salty, & Simple
Makes 8 servings
For the cake:
1½ cups all-purpose flour
¾ teaspoon baking powder
1 cup sugar
3 giant eggs, at room temperature
½ teaspoon fantastic sea salt
1½ teaspoons pure vanilla extract
⅓ cup milk, at room temperature
1½ sticks (12 tablespoons) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
Confectioners’ Sugar Icing (see beneath)
Make the cake: Middle a rack within the oven and preheat it to 350°F. Butter a 9-inch spherical cake pan, or use baker’s spray. Whisk the flour and baking powder collectively.
Put the sugar in a big bowl and add the eggs and salt, whisking for a minute or two to get a homogenous combination. Whisk within the vanilla and milk. Change to a versatile spatula and stir within the dry elements. Once they’re totally included, step by step fold within the butter. Scrape the batter into the pan.
Bake the cake for 28 to 32 minutes, or till the highest is about and golden, the cake is beginning to draw back from the perimeters of the pan and a tester inserted into the middle comes out clear. Switch to a rack and let relaxation for five minutes, then run a desk knife across the edges of the cake and unmold it onto the rack. Flip it proper facet up and let cool to room temperature.
If you wish to ice the cake, do that when the cake is cool. Let the icing set at room temperature earlier than serving.
Storing: Wrapped nicely, the cake will maintain at room temperature for as much as 4 days. In case you haven’t iced the cake, it may be frozen, nicely wrapped, for as much as 2 months; thaw within the wrapper.
Lemon, Lime, Orange and/or Tangerine Cake
Grate 2 to three tablespoons of citrus zest (use one form or a number of) over the sugar and use your fingers to rub the elements collectively till the sugar is moist and aromatic. Use simply 1/2 teaspoon vanilla (or omit it) and add 2 tablespoons citrus juice to the batter together with the milk. In case you’d like, organize items of fruit (both segments or skinny slices) excessive of the batter and sprinkle with sugar earlier than baking
Apple or Pear Cake
Add as much as 1 tablespoon darkish rum to the batter together with the vanilla. Organize slices of peeled apple or pear on prime of the batter and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.
Confectioners’ Sugar Icing
Makes about ½ cup
1 cup (120 grams) confectioners’ sugar (or roughly, relying on what you need), sifted
About 1 tablespoon milk, water, lemon juice or different liquid (or roughly, relying on what you need)
¼ teaspoon pure vanilla extract (elective)
Put the confectioners’ sugar in a medium bowl and little by little, work within the milk or different liquid with a versatile spatula. At first it’s going to appear unattainable that such a small quantity of liquid may moisten all that sugar—simply maintain stirring. Add the vanilla, should you’re utilizing it, after which, should you’d like a thinner icing, add extra liquid by the drop. If the icing is just too skinny, add a bit of extra sugar. For many jobs, an icing that falls slowly and steadily from the tip of a spoon is excellent. Storing: It’s finest to make use of this icing as quickly because it’s made.
(Prime picture by Mark Weinberg.)