I loved the vanilla bean pastry cream, especially. Although as you can see, I kinda had a pastry cream avalanche. It wasn't supposed to look like that, but at least it tasted good!
Portuguese Pao de Lo Cake
adapted from Portuguese Girl Cooks
For the cake:
6 eggs, at room temperature and separated
1 1/2 cups (210g) all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups (300g) granulated sugar
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
pinch of salt
zest of 1 orange (optional)
1 tablespoon orange juice (you may use water also)
fresh fruit for filling and topping
For the Vanilla bean pastry cream:
2 cups (17 fl.oz) milk (I used 1%)
1 vanilla bean scraped and seeded, or 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon (112g) granulated sugar
3 egg yolks
1/4 cup (32g) cornstarch
1 1/2 cups (12 fl.oz) heavy whipping cream
2 tablespoons powdered sugar
For the cake:
1. Adjust rack to the middle position, and preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Generously butter and flour a 9-inch springform pan.
2. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour and baking powder. Set aside. In the bowl of a stand mixer, fitted with the whisk attachment, whip the egg whites and salt on high speed until stiff peaks form. Transfer to a small bowl.
3. Using the same bowl (you don't have to wash), beat the egg yolks, sugar, orange zest, and orange juice, on high speed until light and well combined, about 3 to 4 minutes. On low speed, slowly add the flour mixture, and mix until just combined. By hand, gently fold in the egg whites until fully combined. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake until a toothpick in the centre comes out clean, about 45 minutes. Let cake cool in pan.
For the Pastry cream:
1. In a medium, heavy bottomed saucepan, combine the milk, vanilla bean seeds and pod. Bring to a simmer over medium heat. Once it comes to a boil remove from heat.
For the whipped cream:
1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whisk heavy cream and powdered sugar until medium peaks form, about 4 minutes. Be sure not to over mix or it will become grainy.
2. Set aside about 1 cup of the whipped cream. Gently fold the remaining whipped cream into the pastry cream until well combined.
1. Slice cooled cake in half, and brush or drizzle juice on the cake. Spread half of the pastry cream on top and layer with fresh fruit. Place the top of the cake on top, and cover with remaining pastry cream. Using the whipped cream you set aside, dollop and lightly spread some on top of the pastry cream. Top with your favourite fresh fruit.
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