Tuesday, January 27, 2015

TWD/BCM: Brown Butter and Vanilla Bean Weekend Cake

Hard to find something the patient can eat on chemo day.
But this did the trick.
"It's pound cake," he said.
Well yes.

Dorie explains that they call it a weekend cake in France, because it's something you can take on a picnic or nibble on all weekend. I doubt if this one will make it to the weekend at the rate we're consuming it. 

This nice little cake is enhanced with the flavors of:

- browned butter (WHY haven't I ever browned butter before?)

- lots of vanilla (my bean was more crisp than sticky, so I used extract)

 - and rum ("spiced rum" because it's what we had)


And it was easy. Oh how I love that the recipes in Baking Chez Moi are easy! Thank you Dorie. 

The other Tuesdays With Dorie bakers are here

And for your entertainment, a shoe. This picture was taken in the side mirror of my car. C'mon, you know that's a skill!


  1. Yes, yes, yes to the browned butter! (Try it in brownies...)
    "My vanilla bean was more crispy than sticky" - Yup, I totally had a couple like that in my pantry. I ended up throwing them into my jar of extract and am hoping that spending some time in the rum helps soften them up...
    Glad this was stomach friendly - I know that at times it can be tough to find any kind of appetite when going through treatment.

  2. Oh, your cake is lovely. And where oh where do you find all those shoes in the road??? lol

  3. I love that photo with the cream and berries, beautiful. This was a great little cake,
    simple, but oh so good.

  4. Your cake looks wonderful, especially with the berries and cream.

  5. that looks terrific (what a great crust you got!). glad it could be enjoyed by all.

  6. I'm all about the browned/ caramelized butter! I think I'll be trying it in everything now. I like your photo with the berries, it's very inviting.
    Happy baking to you!

  7. I hadn't tried browned butter either…it really gave this cake depth. Glad you enjoyed it!

  8. Your cake looks great! Glad it was enjoyed. :)

  9. I'm glad this was something you could both enjoy. I felt the same way when I first encountered browned butter - where had it been all my life! :)

  10. Your cake has perfect coloring!! It is a joy to have such simple recipes. One forgets that simple can be best.

  11. Hey there. Just wanted to let you know I was thinking of you. I hope all is well/