Monday, June 28, 2010

HCB - Genoise Rose (great for sandwiches too)

This week's recipe for the Heavenly Cake Bakers is the Genoise Rose. The recipe calls for a rose-shaped Bundt pan. I came across one last summer at a garage sale and bought it. At the time, I didn't know about the HCB baking group but I knew this pretty pan would come in handy some day, and it sure did :o)

Genoise Rose served with homegrown strawberries and homemade Triple Berry Jam


This recipe is a typical genoise recipe. You start by heating eggs and sugar in a double boiler until the mixture is warm to the touch and the sugar is completely dissolved (test by rubbing the egg mixture between your thumb and index finger; it shouldn't feel grainy). Beat until quadrupled in volume. Then add the flour/corn starch mixture and the beurre noisette. Pour into the pan and bake until done.


After 30 minutes, the cake is done

The final product is a pretty cake in the shape of a rose. It's also one of the softest cake you'll ever touch. Although I've made genoise before, this recipe in particular struck me as extremely light. It also had a very tight crumb giving away its tenderness.



You can eat it plain, or serve it with fresh fruit and jam.


Or... make a sandwich! Take 2 slices of genoise and toast them (remain close to the toaster - they go from pale to burned in seconds). Then spread (Triple Berry) jam on both slices. Arrange sliced strawberries on one slice. Spread strawberry mousse (or whipped cream) on the other slice. Put both slices together and cut diagonally. Take a bite then close your eyes. Let your taste buds have some fun. The cake slices are soft on the inside and crunchy/toasty on the edges, complimented perfectly by the creamy, and fruity filling.

This is a Genoise sandwich with Triple Berry jam, sliced strawberries and strawberry mousse. It's toasty... I mean, tasty! :o)

Final thoughts:
  • I skipped the syrup because I ran out of time but I would definitely add it next time. Without it, the cake was a bit on the dry side. However, when eaten with fruit, like juicy strawberries, it was fine.
  • Hubby gave the sandwich a rating of 8.5 out of 10.
  • Next time I would add some citrus zest to the batter for extra flavor. I would combine orange zest with orange juice in the syrup, or lemon zest with lemon juice in the syrup.

19 comments:

  1. you are so creative!! What a great idea..to eat the jam and strawberries and mousse!

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  2. Beautiful rose. Toasted cake...oh yes! I can go for this now.

    Carmen

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  3. Lovely lovely shape! I really think this book is making its way to the top of my wishlist!

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  4. I'm loving the sandwich idea... making a note on the margin of the recipe for the next time!

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  5. What a great idea to make fruity sandwiches!!!

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  6. Hanaa,
    Pretty cake! That's a great idea to make a sandwich with fruit. And you have home grown strawberries! Can I come over?! :).

    I replied to your questions on my blog.

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  7. This is the best "sandwich" I've seen!

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  8. WOW!!!! I want a dessert sandwich now! what a neat idea! and I want me a rose pan too....beautiful cakes this week!

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  9. Oh I just saw your 'follow me on twitter' link. How do you do that? I've been trying but can't figure it out!

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  10. Thank you all very much for your compliments. The sandwich was very tasty indeed :o)

    @Saira: I went to http://twitterbuttons.com/ and picked the Twitter image I wanted. The website also contains instructions on how to add it to your blog. Let me know if it worked for you.

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  11. Girl, you really know how to make a sandwich! Your bundt is beautiful and I love the sound of that jam. You could take brown bagging to a whole new level!

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  12. I just happened upon this blog. Love the look of this post. And your photos are super.

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  13. I love the idea of the sandwich! I wasn't too fond of the cake on its own but I'm going to have to try out your suggestion.

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  14. I love that pan! Lucky for finding it at a garage sale, I don't think I am allowed to buy anymore fancy shaped pans!

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  15. The toasted sandwich looks really yummy!! I adore toast and it looks like a perfect way to eat a non-chocolate cake, and as you know a cake that doesn't have chocolate isn't even worthy of a second look :)

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  16. I never see anything but junk at garage sales! I never have any luck! You must have a keen eye for these things. I was contemplating buying the rose pan but have no idea where to put it in my stuffed cupboard! Looks like most of the recipes you have tried from Heavenly Cakes have turned out to your liking. Funny thing is, I haven`t had much luck with many of the recipes I have tried in the second book (some don`t even make it to my blog because of this) but found her first book the Cake Bible to be better suited to my tastebuds. I haven`t had any problems with any of those recipes. It truly is my Bible.

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  17. ב''ה

    Came out perfect looking.

    Great idea with the sandwich!

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  18. what a gorgeous golden color and marvelous shaape of the slice with the luscious red jam!

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