Two For Tea Petits Fours Recipe

Summary

Preparation Time10 MinCooking Time30 Min
Ready In40 MinDifficulty LevelEasy
Health IndexAverageVegetarian
Interest Group

Ingredients

 Non-stick cooking spray1
 Cake1
 Almond paste2 Tablespoon
 Granulated sugar1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
 Eggs2 Large, separated
 Canola oil2 Tablespoon
 Milk fat2 Tablespoon
 Pure vanilla extract1⁄2 Teaspoon
 Cake flour7 Tablespoon
 Salt1 Pinch
 Confectioner s sugar1 Tablespoon
 Apricot jam2 Tablespoon
 Glaze1 Tablespoon
 Warm water1 1⁄2 Tablespoon
 Egg whites1 1⁄2 Teaspoon, powdered
 Lemon juice1 Teaspoon
 Orange1⁄4 Teaspoon
 Confectioner s sugar1 1⁄2 Cup (24 tbs)
 Food coloring1 Teaspoon

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350°. Lightly coat 8 X 8 X 2-inch square baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.
2. Make cake: Into medium bowl, crumble almond paste. Add granulated sugar and 1 egg yolk and stir until uniform paste forms. Stir in second egg yolk, canola oil, milk, and vanilla. Stir in flour and salt.
3. In another medium bowl, with electric mixer on medium speed, beat egg whites until peaks are stiff and glossy. Fold into flour mixture. Spoon batter into prepared pan and spread evenly.
4. Bake in 350° oven until firm, and a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean, about 18 minutes. Cool cake in pan on wire rack at least 1 hour, or overnight.
5. Lightly dust top of cake with confectioners' sugar. Invert onto piece of waxed paper. Remove pan. Using long serrated knife, split cake horizontally in half. Place bottom half of cake, cut side up, on cutting board. Spread with apricot jam. Place other half, cut side down, on top.
6. Make glaze: In small bowl, stir 1 1/2 tablespoons warm water and powdered whites until dissolved, 2 minutes. Stir in lemon juice and orange extract. Stir in confectioners' sugar. Set aside 2 tablespoons glaze and tint with a drop of food coloring. Tint remainder with different color. (Use several colors, if you like, but keep it subtle.) With metal spatula, spread larger amount of glaze over top of cake.
7. With small sharp knife, score top of cake into 24 small rectangles. Spoon remaining glaze into pastry bag fitted with small writing tip, or into small plastic food-storage bag, with 1/8 inch of corner snipped off. Decorate top of cake as 24 individual cakes between scored marks. Leave cake out, uncovered, at room temperature to let glaze dry at least 6 hours, or overnight.
8. Using long serrated knife, first trim edges. Then cut cake along scored marks into 24 rectangles. Wipe knife clean between each cut. Arrange on plates.
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