03-18-2017 06:22 PM - edited 03-18-2017 06:30 PM
Calling all bakers!
I just adore Mary Berry (on BBC's "Great British Bake...) and especially enjoy the "master classes" she and Paul Hollywood developed for the viewing audience. Though I've been baking and cooking for a loooooong time and once owned a small commerical bakery, I'm always on the lookout for something special to serve at a major holiday dinner.
With Easter coming up, I immediately thought of Mary Berry's "Opera Cake," which I recently saw her make in a master class and am wondering if any of you have made it. Though I plan to nix the alcohol in the recipe and use simple sugar with a tic of lemon, so my granddaughter can enjoy it as well, I'm looking for feedback from those who have made the cake.
I'm aware that the cake is a bit tedious, but don't mind that one bit. Hope to hear from a few folks. Thanks in advance.
03-18-2017 06:42 PM
03-18-2017 08:24 PM - edited 03-18-2017 08:25 PM
@sfnative,Can you give us the recipe? Thanks!
My granddaughter is wrapping up her nap, then gets picked up by her Mom. After all is settled down, I'll get to it and have it posted for you some time this evening. (I'm in Portland, OR now, so am Pacific Time.)
Image courtesy BBC and Mary Berry.
Recipe courtesy of Mary Berry and BBC:
03-19-2017 07:35 AM
Hi @sfnative! I love that show! DH doesn't like cooking shows, but we watch that one.
I am a decent home baker, but I am so intimidated by Mary's exacting judgment, and the contestants skill, I am absolutely too intimidated to try anything from that show.
I have done some piping once: suffice it to say, message to our local bakers? Don't worry about competition from me!
03-19-2017 10:23 AM
For anyone that bakes this cake, it will get "wet" if not eaten within hours of completion.
The custard like filling will absorb into the sponge and you will be quite disappointed with a wet cake.
Almond sponge, custard like filling and chocolate with strawberries, what's not to love.
03-19-2017 03:44 PM
@sfnative@, II didn't realize you live in Oregon! Will you be able to see the solar eclipse on Aug. 21
To celebrate, I think you should make either a "Black Out" cake or "Black Forest" cake!
...planning ahead is important here!
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