Friday, January 20, 2012

{FFWD} Quarter Quarts

 One of my favorite Dorie Greenspan recipes is Swedish Visiting Cake. Since making it with Tuesdays with Dorie I have probably made it 50 times. In fact, I made it again yesterday for a class. It is fast, easy and delicious. This cake is made using a similar technique to the Swedish Visiting cake but adds a step with whipping the egg whites. It was not difficult but I did have a moment of doubt when I thought the egg whites would deflate and make my cake come out flat. Not to fear though, they did not deflate and the cake came out perfect.
Quarter Quarts means four fourths. It is basically using the same amount of certain ingredients. Dorie did some adjusting to the recipe though to convert the measurements and to make it perfect for those of baking in the US. The brown sugar sprinkled on the top gave this cake just the right amount of sweetness. My kiddos and my hubs really liked it. Unfortunately we each only got one small piece because the darn dog...who I swear is extending her reach every day...got up on the counter and ate the rest during the night. The dog eating the cake aside, this is a recipe I would definitely make again.

Don't forget to go to the French Fridays with Dorie site and check out the Leave your Link to see how other cooks from around the world fared with this sweet cake. You can also purchase Around My French Table and join in the cooking fun!

10 comments:

Foodiva said...

I haven't tried making the Swedish Visiting Cake but since you said you've made it about 50 times, it must be a winner! That will probably be added on my bake list soon, especially since it's a step less than this cake. Btw, your quatre-quarts looks great too!

Frolicking Night Owl said...

My mom just got me Baking with Dorie for my bday. I'll have to try that cake you've made 50 times ... must be good! :)

amanda @ fake ginger said...

I need to go dig out Dorie's Baking book so I can make the Swedish Visiting Cake. I know I'd love it if it's anything like this!

Too funny about your dog! I'm lucky I have a small dog because I know she'd be on the counter if she could.

Cher said...

I hope the dog enjoyed it as much as the family... That's rough.
Lovely pictures!

Rose said...

This is not the first time that I have heard praise for Dorie's Swedish Visiting Cake. I own that book and have flipped by that recipe on so many occasions, it just doesn't look that exciting. But this cake didn't look that exciting either and we absolutely loved it. What was that we were told when we were kids about not judging a book by its cover? I think I'll have to go revisit the Swedish cake recipe.

Christy said...

Now I have to buy the baking book to try the Swedish Visiting Cake. Great photos, and enjoyed your post! My dog has done that a few times to me, and I don't know whether I should laugh or scold her - temptation is hard to resist!

Cakelaw said...

I loved this cake too - so simple yet so good. At least you know your dog has great taste in cake.

Elaine said...

Your cake has such a lovely crumb to it. I have forgotten what it's like having a dog in the house and having to keep things on the counter out of their reach. What a good endorsement for it being delicious. :) I would like to make Dorie's Swedish Visiting Cake - it sounds so good.

Guyla said...

At least the dog knows what's good! I had the same thing happen one time with bread. After all the work of making yeast raised loaves the dog ate them...two of them!

Jora said...

What a smart dog! You must have been so sad to wake up and find the cake gone. I'm glad you enjoyed the cake, I'm going to have to try the Swedish one.