I need to learn a lot. I’m still surprised with other people food choices. When I was baking for Great Irish Bake (more about it in Caramel Cheesecake post), I was trying to find one recipe that would be a little bit different from what I usually bake, after all it was a special occasion. It was long journey, I’m far too practical to go for something like a layer cake, first of all there was a time factor, I needed to make three cakes in one evening, second – anything with cream is difficult to transport and then layer cakes should look great, but they could go wrong in many different ways, especially when it’s late and you are in hurry to go to bed. So I was evaluating different options, when a friend suggested these berry meringue bars, she said her mum makes it and everybody loves it. I had a few objections – will it slice nicely, as the dough is grated so it could easily crumble, will I manage to create the meringue/marshmallow layer, I’m bad at whipping, I usually over whip. The recipe called for custard powder, and whenever I use it for cakes it turns out bad. But it was tempting, I was tired and I always have million objections, so I decided to go with flow. And it was a hit. Nothing bad had happened.
Till this day I can’t really understand why it was such a hit, for me it looks like a humble cake, nothing fancy, but somehow it won hearts and tummies. Maybe it is its lightness and fruit addition, maybe it is just modesty, but it was the first cake that was gone and it got loads compliments and yes, it is very good cake.
Recipe from Moje Wypieki For 33x20cm pan
- 400g plain flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 3 Tbsp icing sugar
- 250g butter, cold and cubbed
- 5 egg yolks
- 5 egg whites
- 220g caster sugar
- 1 Tbsp vanilla sugar
- 70g custard powder (I used Polish budyn with no sugar powder
- 125ml (1/2 cup) vegetable oil
- 500g berries, frozen (not thawed) or fresh (I used mix of blueberries, raspberries and grapes.
- icing sugar for sprinkling