It's an easy cake to bake with three fun elements:
- browning the butter
- working vanilla bean seeds into the sugar with your fingers
- adding rum!
|Just about right|
I don't usually have vanilla beans in the house because they are sooooooo pricey. But I ordered three from Penzey's and used one for this delightfully nibble-able cake. I forgot how much fun it is to work the vanilla seeds into sugar! Such a lovely tactile baking experience!
|The vanilla bean!|
|Vanilla seeds in the sugar|
And the rum--well, I don't drink alcohol except for a very occasional half-a-glass of wine, but I must say that adding rum to this cake is inspired. When I first started baking through Baking from My Home to Yours I used to leave out the alcohol if Dorie said it was optional. I've become a convert, however. In Dorie's recipes, it's never too much (my big fear). That little bit of alcohol imparts just the right amount of flavor and amps up the butter and the vanilla flavors in the cake.
|Nibbling away at the cake! Will it last the whole weekend?|
Have a look at what the other Tuesdays with Dorie Bakers think of this lovely little cake.