Tuesday, April 13, 2010
TWD - Swedish Visiting Cake
What is the perfect dessert for someone on a diet? My first thought is something you've eaten a dozen times before and so holds no temptation. That's not what happens when you participate in a baking group. Each week is a new delight.
The perfect dessert then becomes one that is surprising, delicious, pleases the palate, satisfies the craving and can be cut into bite-sized pieces. Swedish Visiting Cake fills all the requirements perfectly.
On my own, this would have been the very last recipe I'd have chosen from the book. My apologies to any Swedes in the group, but when I see Swedish in a recipe I think dry. That goes back to my early baking days with The Joy of Cooking and some failed attempts at yeast-based pastry rings.
This week's recipe was chosen by Nancy of the fabulous blog The Dogs Eat The Crumbs. Each week Nancy thoroughly explores the recipe and always gives insightful comments. Her blog is a must for weekly reading.
Nancy describes this cake as "a big chewy (almond-flavored) sugar cookie." She is exactly right.
If you've never tried the technique of infusing the white sugar with lemon by hand-combining the grated rind, you must. The flavour is delicate and uniform. I used both vanilla and almond extracts which, with the lemon, created a memorable taste.
Easily made in one bowl, I'll bake this recipe again and again.