- 150 g/3 oz butter
- 3 eggs
- 2 dl / 6 oz / 0.8 cup sugar
- 1 dl / 472 oz / 0.6 cup dark brown sugar
- 4 dl /6 oz / 1.6 cups plain flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 2 tsp ground ginger
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 2 tsp ground cardamom
- 2 tsp ground cloves
- 2 dl / 6.7 fl. oz / 0.8 cup sour cream, double cream or buttermilk
- 4 dl / 3.8 oz / 1 cup marmalade
Heat the oven to 175 C/350F. Grease and dust with breadcrumbs a midsize sponge cake dish. Melt the rest of the butter and let cool slightly. In a bowl, whisk the and the sugar and dark brown sugar until porous, using an electric mixer if you have one handy.
Mix the dry ingredients. Blend them into the egg mixture together with the sour cream / double cream / buttermilk and marmalade until smooth. Tip into the cake dish. Bake in the lower oven for 50-65 minutes until it feels dry. Tent with foil for the final minutes if needed.
For steeping cream
- 2 ¼ cups half-and-half
- 2 medium cloves garlic (8g), smashed
- 2 small shallots (110g total), quartered
- 1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
- 6 sprigs fresh thyme
- 2 teaspoons (6g) whole black peppercorns
- 1 ¼ teaspoons table salt
In a small saucepan, combine cream, milk, garlic, shallots, nutmeg, thyme, peppercorns, and salt. Bring to a boil, then remove from heat, cover, and let steep for 1 hour.
- 2 pounds all-purpose potatoes, peeled and sliced 1/8-inch thick or less
- Adjust oven rack to center position and heat oven to 350 degrees. Rub bottom and sides of 5- to 6-cup gratin dish or shallow baking dish with a garlic clove. Once garlic in dish has dried, about 2 minutes, spread dish with half the butter.
- Bring steeped half-and-half and potatoes to boil in medium saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally with wooden spoon (liquid will just barely cover potatoes). Reduce heat and simmer until liquid thickens, about 2 minutes.
- Pour potato mixture into prepared dish; shake dish or use fork to distribute potatoes evenly. Gently press down potatoes until submerged in liquid; dot with remaining butter.
- Bake until top is golden brown (basting once or twice during first 45 minutes) about 1 hour 15 minutes.
- For a more pronounced crust, sprinkle three tablespoons of heavy cream or grated Gruyère cheese on top of the potatoes after forty-five minutes of baking. Let rest 5 minutes and serve.
Orange or red skinned sweet potato with yellow flesh, 8-12 oz each, uniform in size, prickled lightly 3 times with a fork
- Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 425 degrees. Place potatoes on large plate and microwave until potatoes yield to gentle pressure and centers register 200 degrees, 6 to 9 minutes, flipping potatoes every 3 minutes.
- Set wire rack in aluminum foil–lined rimmed baking sheet and spray rack with vegetable oil spray. Using tongs, transfer potatoes to prepared rack and bake for 1 hour (exteriors of potatoes will be lightly browned and potatoes will feel very soft when squeezed).
- Slit each potato lengthwise; using clean dish towel, hold ends and squeeze slightly to push flesh up and out. Transfer potatoes to serving platter. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve.
3 large ripe peaches, peeled, pitted, chopped
1/2 cups sugar
1.5 cups heavy cream
0.5 cups 1% or 2% milk
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
Cook peaches in a covered saucepan on medium heat for about 10 minutes or until soft and not watery. Add sugar and salt. Let mixture cool to room temperature. Purée mixture in blender with remaining ingredients (leave some chunks if desired).
Whisk mixture with heavy cream and milk. Chill the mixture overnight, then churn for 20 minutes.