I was incredibly excited to get invited to a friend's house this weekend to make dinner and dessert. I discovered the Oxford farmer's market this week (a tip from another friend) and could not pass up the opportunity to make a cake with fresh fruit! I was sad that this didn't have cherries in it because it is cherry season!
Here are my fresh strawberries, ready to be sliced:
Then i mixed them up with dried currants (you really can't find fresh one's anywhere around here) and some raspberries and some superfine sugar.
After about 2 hours, you put the strawberries over a strainer and drain out the juices. Then I added some Chambord liquor and some water to make the sauce to flavor the cake.
Then for the cake. The cake recipe is the Rose genoise which I just baked in a 9 in round pan instead of the beautiful rose pan that she does hers in.
Then you cut into the cake about a fourth of an inch and then brush the fruit syrup onto the cake.
Finally, it's time to add the fruit!
Everyone seemed to really like it. I added the creme fraiche topping to it as well. It was a really light dessert with all of the fruit and tasted very fresh.
One friend who has been a trooper and has eaten all the cakes that i've made here says that that this one is her favorite. That's definitely a good sign.