Brown Butter and Vanilla Bean Weekend Cake - Tuesdays with Dorie

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Brown Butter and Vanilla Bean Weekend Cake
Brown-Butter-and-Vanilla-Bean Weekend Cake

It's time for Tuesdays with Dorie! I made this last month and work really enjoyed it. I'm pretty exhausted so this is going to be super short.

Brown Butter and Vanilla Bean Weekend CakeTuesdays with Dorie group does not post the recipes as we want to support the great work of Dorie Greenspan so please purchase the book, Baking Chez Moi: Recipes from My Paris Home to Your Home Anywhere and turn to page 6 for this fun recipe!

Brown butter is always nerve racking to make. Is it ready? Is it too far? What's that smell? Is that toasty or is that burnt?

This is supposed to be baked in a loaf pan, but I couldn't get to it. I tweeted a plea for help and professional baker and author @janeofmanytrade came to the rescue. She said I could use an 8" round. Thanks Alisa!

I didn't have a vanilla bean, so I used 2 teaspoons of both Nielsen-Massey vanilla extract and vanilla paste. Do you have the paste? I love it. More economical than getting vanilla beans and you get all the yummy flakes. I also skipped the alcohol (dark rum or amaretto).

I topped mine with some powdered sugar so it didn't look so plain.

I have a bunch of other stuff to post, and I hope to get to it next month (there are some good oatmeal scones coming up).

Brown Butter and Vanilla Bean Weekend Cake

Good luck to Dorie Greenspan and all my friends on the East Coast as you get through this snowstorm!

See you next time,
Mary the Food Librarian

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Mardi Michels said... [Reply to comment]

I love this in the round version and with powdered sugar on top! It's perfect! I'll need to make mine this way next time.

Julie Couture said... [Reply to comment]

I like the cake in the 8" round - and with powdered sugar!

Kayte said... [Reply to comment]

What a lovely looking cake with her little dusting of powdered sugar! I like that round shape a lot, very nice. Thanks for the info on vanilla paste...I have never gotten that but now I think I should and I will. Always fun to learn new things, thanks for sharing. If you get stumped on pan sizes again and Jane is not around, you can google baking pan size conversions and it will give you the various sizes of pans for things, I use it a lot when I am doing a half size recipe as with just the two of us, I'm doing a lot of half sizing these days. :-)

Cher Rockwell said... [Reply to comment]

I like the round vrsion - it looks delicious.
Vanilla paste is the best stuff - I definitely prefer it over using beans.

janeofmanytrades said... [Reply to comment]

so glad that advice worked out-especially since I ended up using an 8" pan myself!!! I have to get some of that paste, I had some before the move but I am not sure what happened to it-it must have gotten tossed with the rest of the stuff from the fridge since I only had a small amount left.

Denise@There's a Newf in My Soup said... [Reply to comment]

I did the same, used the vanilla bean paste! Now I'm out of vanilla beans and paste ;-(
The addition of powdered sugar looks nice.

gigipoo said... [Reply to comment]

Looks great--- I love the height you got for your cake!

Ryan said... [Reply to comment]

Good idea using the 8" round! I'll have to keep that in mind for next time.

Kathy said... [Reply to comment]

I love the way the round cake looks! So pretty! Especially with the powdered sugar! I also used vanilla bean paste.

Zosia said... [Reply to comment]

The round cake with powdered sugar topping looks lovely. I often use vanilla paste - love that product - but did use a vanilla bean this time.

Leah said... [Reply to comment]

Your cake looks great! Same texture as the loaf version inside and out. I keep hearing about vanilla paste, I'll have to try it.

Liz Berg said... [Reply to comment]

It looks wonderful in a round cake pan! Great idea! I may just have to bake up another :)

Margaret said... [Reply to comment]

I've never used vanilla paste before, but after reading your post, I want to! So thanks! said... [Reply to comment]

Your round cake looks lovely especially with the dusting of powdered sugar.

steph- whisk/spoon said... [Reply to comment]

looks nice as a round! I like that vanilla paste a lot, too.

isthisakeeper said... [Reply to comment]

I like the round version topped with powdered sugar!!

Cathleen | My Culinary Mission said... [Reply to comment]

Your cake looks great. I wish I had skipped the rum, it was the prominent flavor in my cake.

Teresa said... [Reply to comment]

It looks so pretty in a round pan. Nice variation!

Golden Life PHX said... [Reply to comment]

Love the round version of this-makes it look a little fancy. I've never used the paste but I'm starting to think that would hold up much better where I live in the desert.

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