I finally got around to making this pudding cake and it is absolutely divine. Told DW it's one where I could devour the entire cake at one time.
Lemon Pudding Cake
From the episode: The Chemistry of Cakes
This dessert is best served warm or at room temperature the same day it is made. Scoop it out and serve in a bowl.
Serves 8 .
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 1/4 cups sugar
5 tablespoons unsalted butter , softened
2 tablespoons grated zest and 1/2 cup juice from 4 lemons
5 large eggs , separated
1 1/4 cups whole milk , room temperature
2 quarts boiling water
1. MIX BATTER Adjust oven rack to lowest position and heat oven to 325 degrees. Grease 8-inch square baking dish. Whisk flour and cornstarch in bowl. With electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat 1/2 cup sugar, butter, and lemon zest until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Beat in yolks, one at a time, until incorporated. Reduce speed to medium-low. Add flour mixture and mix until incorporated. Slowly add milk and lemon juice, mixing until just combined.
2. BEAT EGG WHITES Using clean bowl and whisk attachment, beat egg whites on medium-high speed until soft peaks form, about 2 minutes. With mixer running, slowly add remaining sugar until whites are firm and glossy, about 1 minute. Whisk one-third of whites into batter, then gently fold in remaining whites, one scoop at a time, until well combined.
3. BAKE Place kitchen towel in bottom of roasting pan and arrange prepared baking dish on towel. Spoon batter into prepared dish. Carefully place pan on oven rack and pour boiling water into pan until water comes halfway up the sides of baking dish. Bake until surface is golden brown and edges are set (center should jiggle slightly when gently shaken), about 60 minutes. Transfer to wire rack and let cool at least 1 hour. Serve.
I have made this a couple of times and it is one of my favorite recipes. I think I posted about it on a thread about lemons at some point on this board. I could easily eat the whole thing myself so I try to make it relatively infrequently.
But would you seriously consider serving it to 8 friends? Maybe as an amuse-bouche but not as a full dessert. I would never consider it more than a maximum of 4 servings. Although I could eat the whole thing!
No way would it serve 8 unless they are tiny portions. Realistically, I think it would be 4. (or less, but that is just me)
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