• Lemon Cakes With Basil Lemon Syrup

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Lemon Cakes With Basil Lemon Syrup


Gourmet, April 2005


Active time: 30 min Start to finish: 2 hrs (includes cooling)


Makes 8 servings.

For cakes
1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, softened, plus 1 1/2 tbsps, melted
3/4 cup matzo cake flour plus additional for dusting
2/3 cup plus 1/4 cup sugar
1/4 tsp salt
3 large eggs, separated, at room temperature for 30 minutes
2 tablespoo

Cooking Instructions
Step 1 Make cakes:
Step 2 Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 350F. Lightly brush 8 muffin cups with some of melted butter and chill 2 minutes, then butter again and chill 1 minute more. Dust cups with matzo cake flour, knocking out excess.
Step 3 Beat together softened butter, 2/3 cup sugar, and 1/8 teaspoon salt in a large bowl with an electric mixer at medium-high speed until pale and fluffy, then add egg yolks, 1 at a time, beating until well blended. Beat in lemon juice and 2 teaspoons zest until combined. Add flour and mix at low speed until just combined.
Step 4 Beat whites with remaining 1/8 teaspoon salt in another bowl with cleaned beaters until they hold soft peaks. Add 2 tablespoons sugar, a little at a time, beating, then beat until whites just hold stiff peaks. Stir one fourth of whites into yolk mixture to lighten, then fold in remaining whites gently but thoroughly. Spoon batter into 8 prepared muffin cups.
Step 5 Blend remaining 2 tablespoons sugar and 1 teaspoon zest with your fingertips and sprinkle over batter, then bake until cakes are puffed, edges are golden, and a wooden pick or skewer inserted in center of cake comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes. Cool cakes in pan on a rack 15 minutes, then lift out cakes carefully (tops will break easily) and cool completely on rack.
Step 6 Make syrup:
Step 7 Bring all syrup ingredients to a boil, covered, in a 3-quart heavy saucepan over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, then remove lid and boil 10 minutes. Pour syrup through a sieve into a bowl, pressing on and then discarding solids. Cool to room temperature.
Step 8 Assemble dessert:
Step 9 Beat cream in a bowl with cleaned beaters until it just holds stiff peaks.
Step 10 Spoon 1/4 cup syrup into each of 8 shallow bowls and top with cakes. Spoon whipped cream on top of cakes.