Sometimes when politics and pissy people get you down, there is just one solution. Dessert. It is impossible to eat these fluffy delights without smiling. There may not be many subjects we can all agree on, but for most of us, a little sweetness goes a long way toward putting us in a happy mood. And for me, puttering about in my kitchen is a way to relax as much as is enjoying the fruits of my labors.
I found these little treasures in a Tyler Florence cookbook at the library. Single servings, simple ingredients and they looked so light and fluffy. I just had to make them. I was delighted with the results. Sweet, tart, rich and creamy. For this chocolate lover, it was a little off the beaten path, but I was happy to wander. After all, that’s how you make the best discoveries.
I dare you to eat this without making yummy noises.
Lime Pudding Cakes
(recipe courtesy of Tyler Florence)
1 tbsp. unsalted butter
Sugar (superfine if you have it)
2 eggs, separated
2/3 cup buttermilk
1 tbsp. lime zest
2 tbsp. lime juice
1/4 cup flour
2/3 cup superfine sugar (regular sugar will work too)
1/4 tsp. salt
Preheat oven to 325˚. Butter and lightly sugar four 6-ounce ramekins. Using the paddle attachment on a kitchen stand mixer, beat yolks, buttermilk, lime zest and lime juice on medium speed until well combined. Reduce the speed to low and slowly add flour, the 2/3 cup sugar, and the salt, until just combined. Transfer to another large bowl. Thoroughly wash mixing bowl with soap and hot water and dry well. Return to stand mixer. Using the whisk attachment beat egg whites in the clean bowl until stiff peaks form. Gently fold the beaten egg whites into the yolk mixture, a little at a time.
Divide mixture evenly among ramekins. Place ramekins in a roasting pan and fill the pan with hot water halfway up the sides of the ramekins.
Bake about 1 hour, until the top springs back when gently pressed and the cakes have a light golden color. Remove ramekins from water; allow to cool slightly. Carefully invert each onto a plate. Garnish as desired or just dig in.