Monday, August 2, 2010

Tonight's Dessert - Lemon Pudding Cake with Fresh Local Blueberry Sauce

Freshly picked blueberries make a wonderful sauce for this light and airy lemon pudding cake. I have been making this recipe from Bon Appetit for almost a decade.

Lemon Pudding Cake
What you need:
2 large lemons
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
a little less than a 1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
3 large eggs, separated
1 1/3 cups whole milk

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Finely grate 1 tablespoon zest from lemons, then squeeze 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons juice.
Whisk together flour, salt, and 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar in a large bowl. Whisk together yolks, milk, zest, and juice in a small bowl and add to flour mixture, whisking until just combined.

Beat whites in another large bowl with an electric mixer until they hold soft peaks. Beat in remaining 1/4 cup sugar, a little at a time, and continue to beat until whites hold stiff, glossy peaks. Whisk about one fourth of whites into batter to lighten, then fold in remaining whites gently but thoroughly (batter will be thin).

Pour into a buttered 1 1/2-quart ceramic gratin or other shallow baking dish and bake in a Bain-marie (hot water bath) until puffed and golden, 45 to 50 minutes.

Blueberry Sauce
1 Pint of Blueberries
1 tablespoon of Sugar

Mix together blueberries and sugar in a small sauce pan and stir over medium heat until the blueberries pop and sauce begins to thicken.

Pour over the top of the pudding cake.

Tonight's dessert was made for a good friend's 35th birthday. Happy Birthday Keith! It went very well with an earthy and fruity Côtes du Rhône.

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