This dessert is perfect if you’re in a hurry. The foolproof cake is quick and easy to make, and looks impressive served whole on the dinner table and cut in front of your guests.
For the crème anglaise
½ cup heavy cream
½ cup 2% milk
2 tbsp. superfine sugar
2 egg yolks
Maille mustard with honey to your taste
For the cake
½ cup unsalted butter
½ cup demerara sugar
2 whole eggs
¾ cup self-raising flour
¾ cup flaked almonds
Confectioners sugar for dusting
Fred Sirieix is the General Manager at Galvin at Windows, the Michelin-starred restaurant at the London Hilton on Park Lane. Fred has over 20 years of experience at top London restaurants including Le Gavroche, Sartoria, and Brasserie Roux. Fred was recently involved in the Maille exclusive concierge dining service online and in the Maille London boutique.
Preheat oven to 350°. Grease 8-inch baking pan; set aside.
For Crème Anglaise, bring cream and milk to a gentle boil in small saucepan. Combine superfine sugar and egg yolks with wire whisk in small bowl. Stir into saucepan and cook, stirring frequently, until mixture coats the back of a spoon. Pass the mix through a “chinois” or strainer. Chill mix and add the mustard to your taste.
For the cake mixture, cream butter with demerara sugar in large bowl with electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Fold in flour. Pour into prepared baking pan, then top with almonds.
Bake 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
Before serving, dust, if desired, with confectioners sugar and with the crème anglaise in a jug on the side.