Lemon-Berry Pudding Cakes
There's no trick to creating the two layers -- simply fill ramekins, dot with blackberry sauce, swirl, and bake in a pan with water. Gentle heat makes the tops light and cakey and the centers smooth.
Martha Stewart Living, June 2004
Yield Makes 6 individual cakes
- 1 pint blackberries
- 1/2 cup (about 3 lemons) plus 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 1 cup plus 3 tablespoons sugar
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, plus more for ramekins
- 3 large eggs, separated
- 6 tablespoons cake flour (not self-rising), sifted
- 1 cup milk
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- Boiling water, for pan
- 4 ounces (about 1/2 cup) creme fraiche
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Process 2 1/2 ounces blackberries (12 to 15 berries), 1 tablespoon lemon juice, and 3 tablespoons sugar in a food processor or blender until smooth. Pass mixture through a fine sieve into a small bowl; discard solids. Set sauce aside.
- Butter inner top inch of six 6-ounce ramekins; set aside. Whisk together egg yolks and 3/4 cup sugar in a medium bowl. Whisk in flour and milk in two batches each, beginning with the flour. Whisk in remaining 1/2 cup lemon juice, the salt, and the melted butter, and set aside.
- Put egg whites in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment; beat on medium-high speed until very frothy, about 1 1/2 minutes. With mixer running, add remaining 1/4 cup sugar in a slow, steady stream; beat until whites hold stiff (but not dry) peaks, about 2 minutes. Whisk half the whites into reserved lemon mixture until combined; gently fold in remaining whites with a rubber spatula.
- Place the ramekins in a high-sided roasting pan or baking dish, and divide the batter among ramekins, filling each almost to the top. Spoon a few drops of berry sauce onto cakes, and use a toothpick or skewer to swirl sauce into batter. Transfer to oven; pour boiling water into pan, a bit more than halfway up sides of ramekins.
- Bake until cakes are set and the tops are just starting to turn golden brown, 35 to 40 minutes. With tongs, transfer the ramekins from pan to a wire rack, and let cool 15 minutes.
- Meanwhile, beat creme fraiche in a clean mixing bowl until it holds soft peaks. Serve cakes warm with creme fraiche and remaining blackberries.
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