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Brown-Butter-and-Vanilla-Bean Weekend Cake

I finally got my hands on Dorie Greenspan's latest cookbook, Baking Chez Moi!

Dorie Greenspan's Around My French Table has been one of my favorite cookbooks for years now.  The dessert section of that book includes beautiful French pastries you always see in photos or in person at patisseries if you're lucky enough to visit France.  Dreamy sweets like eclairs, floating islands, coeur a la creme.

Greenspan's latest book is all about what the French bake at home, not necessarily the elaborate works of art from the patisseries.  Chapter one is titled Simple Cakes, what the French call weekend cakes or travel cakes.  I love this idea; a simple cake, perhaps one baked in a loaf pan, that can be a sweet go-to snack during the weekend or for a picnic.

I think I might just have to try each recipe!  First up, Brown-Butter-and-Vanilla-Bean Weekend Cake. 

 

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Nutty brown butter.

 

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Brown butter folded into batter.

 

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Simple, yes.  Simply delicious.  A big hit at our house and, yes, by Sunday evening it was gone.

 

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