If you give up (most) sweets for Lent, what are the chances you won’t be slathering this cake with some rich topping? If you said none or even less than none, you are on the money. Let’s face it. It’s all about gaming the system. The year I gave up chocolate, I OD’d on Golden Nuggets. For the uninformed, a Golden Nugget is a tasty little concoction made of equal parts vanilla ice cream and orange sherbet blended with a healthy dose of Sprite. Sounds like deprivation, doesn’t it?
My mother really stretches credulity with her logic. Every year she gives up sweets but eats chocolate doughnuts with abandon. With the innocence of a child she claims, “that doughnuts are breakfast. They are a MEAL, not a dessert.” And, for added emphasis, “why do we have to have this argument every year?” The fact that you are less likely to miss dessert when you have spent the morning in a powdered sugar haze seems not to faze her.
In truth, I really have no claim to the high road. For one, I am not one of the more religious people roaming this Earth. Secondly, as my husband was quick to point out, I am happy to exploit – or create – the loophole. That law school education is paying off for something! So, I limited my sweets to Tuesdays with Dorie, or in this case Tuesdays with Dorie + Bittersweet Chocolate Sauce. (Will had his with ice cream, too and, believe me, I considered it.)
The CAKE: I used orange zest instead of lemon and glazed it with orange marmalade. I liked it but I am not sure I liked it as much as everyone else seems to have. That could be because I over mixed it. I was on the phone during the “folding in of the oil.” Folding scares the bejeezus out of me so I should have known better. It also sunk but I had to mess with it in the oven some (added foil tent, etc). A couple of other people who tried it liked it, but I wish it had turned out better for them. Patty liked it too but she was probably still on a sugar high from breakfast.
Why so many people don’t care for marmalade…
I was planning on using Greek yogurt but the teensy carton at my local store was way more than I pay at Whole Foods. When Whole Foods is the economical option the apocalypse is upon us.
The SAUCE: Do liquids really come to boil over a medium low heat? Mine never do – unless you are supposed to wait an hour, which I do not. It wasn’t as good as the caramel from the back of the book but that didn’t stop me from liberally pouring it over my slice. Twice.
The full recipe is Cookbook Addiction by Liliana. Next week: blueberry crumb cake. Breakfast?