Friday, July 17, 2009

Weekend Food

Sadly, there won't be a lot of cooking around our place this weekend. We're headed to a block party at the museum tonight and to an all-day birthday/house cooling party tomorrow + we have a fridge full of leftovers to plow through.

Funny, a few months ago a couple of days out of the kitchen would have been a relief, but now I'm a bit sad...I always look forward to weekend cooking.

So let me live vicariously through you. What are you whipping up this weekend?

In other news, my Friday post is up on Renegade Bus. Go pick some berries this weekend and then put them on top of Alice Water's 1234 cake!

Alice Water’s 1234 Cake with Lemon Curd and Blueberries

Adapted from “The Art of Simple Food” by Alice Waters
Yield One nine-inch, two-layer cake

  • 4 eggs, separated
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 cups cake flour (sift and then measure)
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsweetened butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter two 9-inch baking pans and line the bottom of each with parchment paper. Butter the paper and dust the pans with flour, tapping out the excess.

Stir baking powder and salt into cake flour.
In another bowl, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the four egg yolks one at a time. Add the vanilla to the mixture.

Add the flour mixture and milk alternately, starting and ending with one third of the flour. Stir just until the flour is incorporated.

In another bowl, whisk egg whites to soft peaks. Stir one third of the egg whites into the batter, then gently fold in the rest. Pour the batter into the prepared pans and bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 30 to 40 minutes.

Let cake cool and then spread lemon curd between the two layers. Serve with slightly crushed fresh, local blueberries and loosely whipped cream.


  1. Have a good weekend, J! I'll be baking a few batches of blueberry muffins and strawberry muffins that I'm packaging up as thank you gifts to my wonderful friends who are throwing me a baby shower. (I'll have to save some for my hubby, though, since the blueberry muffins are his all time favorite!)

  2. Oooh, lemon curd, cake and berries. That sounds heavenly. I know I won't get to it this weekend but it's on my list.

  3. Peaches, Proscuitto, and Goat Cheese Pizza tonight
    Chicken Schwarma on Saturday (food on sticks, great for the kids)
    Turkey Burgers on Sunday

    I'm not cooking at all next week so I'm getting my grill on this weekend!

  4. We'll be out of town all weekend at high school reunions. No cooking here either, I will miss it.

  5. I'm cooking whatever the Farmer's Market provides me with in the morning...can't wait to see the surprises that await me.

    This cake is one of my favorites! Thanks for reminding me to make it husband will thank you too!