Saving this lovely recipe I found from Pinterest because I really don’t want to lose this one.
• 3 1/2 ounces or 100 grams strawberries
• 2 ounces or 55 grams raspberries
• Mint, to garnish
• 1/2 cup or 1.4 deciliter yogurt
• 4 tablespoons granulated sugar
• Strained strawberries
• 1 teaspoon lemon juice
• 1/2 tablespoon powdered gelatin (soaked in 1 1/2 tablespoons of water and placed in the microwave for a few seconds to dissolve)
• 1/2 cup or 1.4 deciliter heavy cream
• 5 ounces or 140 grams strawberries
• 2 1/2 tablespoons granulated sugar
• 3/4 cup or 2.3 deciliter water
• 1/2 tablespoon powdered gelatin (soaked in 1 1/2 tablespoons of water)
I read a fair number of recipes on the ten thousand interchangeable recipe blogs that exist, and often they say something like "This recipe is a family favourite!" or "This a crowd-pleaser" etc. and I roll my eyes a little bit every time because of course they are, it goes without saying! People like food! Nearly any special-occasion home-cooked meal is going to be popular.
But there is one recipe, one cake, that has recontextualised all those comments for me and now actually I think those bloggers might be wrong about what a family favourite is. It sure as hell isn't Interchangeable Chocolate Cake No. 7.
I'm telling you this because I need you to know the seriousness of the power I am going to bestow on you. And hey, maybe your friends and family have different preferences than mine do. Maybe you need to find another recipe to fill this role. But you must know that there's a recipe out there, and not even a particularly alluring one or a particularly difficult one, which people will bring up in unrelated conversations to you four years later.
If I so much as say the word cake, my family all turn to face me like a pack of hungry wolves. Even the ones that don't like food!! Health nuts and people who simply don't enjoy eating and people with no appetite and people I have no goddamn memory of ever having cooked for, all of them come up and say to me "Hey remember that cake-" I asked my brother and his girlfriend what foods they're looking forward to, when they return home after three years in Japan, and they say "You know that cake?"
It doesn't sound particularly appetizing. I only made it the first time because it was gluten free and I had a bunch of lemons. Please don't let the name inform your opinion here. This is a fairly fast and simple cake that requires no special equipment and people will literally never stop asking you for it.
It's not even my favourite cake! I'd rather have basque burnt cheesecake, which is harder and more expensive to make and consists almost entirely of fat and sugar but still manages to be a little savoury... But people want the weird corn one.
To be fair, this is the only cake that'll make me dip my fingers into boiling sugar without regret.