Génoise suits any filling or frosting, and can be put to many uses. For a brief but fascinating overview of Génoise, see:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Génoise_cake If you have a copy of The Joy of Cooking, read the brief section in that book about Génoise, as well.
6 large eggs
1 c. granulated sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
¼ c. unsalted butter (no substitutes)
1 c. minus 2 tbsp. all-purpose flour
Preheat oven to 350 deg. F. and assemble all ingredients. This cake needs swift preparation. Ensure all ingredients are at room temperature. If “room temperature” happens to be Hobart in an Australian winter or northern Alaska when the snow starts flying, warm your unbroken eggs in a bowl of hot - not boiling - water. Prepare two 9-inch square or round cake pans by greasing well and lining bottoms with snugly fitted parchment paper (see Note).
Using electric mixer with a large bowl, beat eggs at high speed, gradually adding sugar and scraping sides of bowl. Add vanilla, continuing to beat on high a total of 20 min. Meanwhile, melt butter on very low heat, cooling to lukewarm.
After 20 min., eggs and sugar will have risen high in bowl and will be pale and very creamy. Turn off mixer. Sprinkle 2 tbsp. flour over egg mixture, folding in gently with a few quick strokes. Repeat until all flour is gone. Add melted butter, 1 tbsp. at a time, continuing to fold gently but very quickly. Spoon batter into prepared pans, baking 25 min. until tops spring back when lightly touched at their centers. Cool in pans on racks before loosening cakes around the edges and up-ending from pans onto racks. Carefully peel away parchment and complete cooling. Frost or fill as desired (see Further Note).
Note: If parchment paper climbs even slightly above bottom of pan, edges of this very delicate cake may crumble and tear away as you remove it. Take care in trimming parchment to fit.
Further Note: To make a Raspberry Cream-Filled Génoise, follow recipe for filling and topping in the post above.
|Let's have some fun! Get ready to bake!|
|Prepare your pans with grease and parchment|
|Warm eggs to room temperature and ...|
|And keep beating!|
|Melt butter on stove's lowest setting|
|Cool to lukewarm|
|Fold flour into egg mixture just 2 tbsp. at a time|
|Fold in butter by the teaspoonful|
|Pour into prepared pans. See above Note about trimming|
parchment snugly! I learned that lesson the hard way!
|Peel off parchment. When cake is fully cool, prepare to frost and|
fill (or see above post for Raspberry Cream-Filled Génoise)