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Florentine Squares

This is my recent “obsession” – I’ve made this cake 3-4 times in the past 2-3 weeks or so. I honestly haven’t had this cake before, but as I was browsing Savoury Day’s cake lists, I randomly came across this cake and it seemed simple enough – I had most ingredients in hand. I’m still not 100% happy with the cake, since in the oven it always rises and kind of deflates a bit after taking out of the oven. I think it’s still tasty – my friends and colleagues love it, but I wish I could learn how to perfect that fluffy chiffon cake :). One plus thing about the cake is it’s a lot quicker to make, I think it took me an hour and a half total, including cleaning up.

This recipe comes straight from Savoury Days with these differences:

  • I converted weight to volume – I know, I know, this is kind of a sin in baking but I don’t own a kitchen scale and I don’t think use it that often. I used this method twice, then borrowed a scale and measure the weight correctly and my friends didn’t really see a big difference. I’m all for making it easier, so I’m using it here.
  • I used a different recipe for the chocolate ganache. Heavy cream isn’t something I usually keep handy in my fridge and it wasn’t worth buying a whole bottle, so I used milk and butter instead. It works just as well.

INGREDIENTS

Cake batter:

  • 4 egg yolks, Kroger medium size
  • 12ml sugar (2.5 tsp)
  • 5tbs flour, sifted
  • 1/4 cup corn starch
  • 37ml vegetable oil (2 tbs and 1.5 tsp)
  • 35ml milk (2 tbs and 1 tsp)
  • 0.5 tsp vanilla extract
  • 5 egg whites, Kroger medium size
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 4tbs sugar

Filling: Use any fruit jam/ marmalade/ preserves you’d like. I usually use strawberry or orange, I think those two go well with the chocolate ganache.

Ganache:

  • 2tbs butter
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chunks (I use Kroger’s dark chocolate 62% cocoa since I don’t like it too sweet, adjust to your liking)
  • A little white chocolate ( I bought a bar and used about 1 square size 1 inch x 1 inch) for drawing.

INSTRUCTIONS

Head over to Savoury Days.

Note: I set the oven temp at 310F (instead of 330F) and baking time is 40 mins, plus 5 mins staying in after turning off the oven. C360_2016-08-18-20-27-22-643

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