Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Alton Brown's "Butter" Cake

According to Alton, butter is 20% water, so if you want to use shortening instead, decrease the amount (of butter/shortening) by 20% and increase the water by 20%.

pinch of salt
300g sugar
350g flour
165g butter (or 140g butter flavored shortening)
130g egg yolks
14g baking powder
160g milk (or 180g milk)
1 tsp vanilla extract

  • Preheat oven to 350F, position rack in top 1/3 of oven.
  • Cream shortening on low ca. 1 minute.
  • Add sugar and pinch of salt. Cream on medium/high at least 4 minutes.
  • Add egg yolks (slowly--creating an emulsion)
  • Alternately add dry and wet ingredients
    • half dry, half liquid, half dry, half liquid
  • Jiggle a little before putting in oven
  • 3" all around each pan

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