Russian Napoleon CakeFrom crainny 9 years ago
- For pastry: shopping list
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- 2 eggs shopping list
- 1 cup sour cream (regular or light) shopping list
- 2 sticks unsalted butter shopping list
- 1/4 tsp salt shopping list
- 1/3 tsp baking soda shopping list
- 1 tbsp white vinegar shopping list
- all-purpose flour enough to make soft dough shopping list
- For cream: shopping list
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- 1 1/2 quarts of whole milk shopping list
- 1 cup of milk (this is not a mistake) shopping list
- 1 1/2 cups white sugar shopping list
- 4 egg yolks shopping list
- 4 very full tbsp flour shopping list
- Pinch of salt shopping list
- 1 shot of vodka, brandy, or rum shopping list
- (Amaretto or Bailey's are also good) shopping list
- 1 lemon (zest only) shopping list
- vanilla essence or vanilla powder to taste shopping list
- Pinch of nutmeg shopping list
- 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter shopping list
How to make it
- Mix eggs, soft butter and sour cream together till they blend well.
- Add salt.
- In a table spoon, dissolve baking soda in vinegar - you will see "bubbles". When bubbling stops, add soda+vinegar to your mixture. Stir well.
- Start adding flour, cup-by-cup, make soft smooth dough. Don't knead it too much, just enough to make it smooth and "un-sticky".
- Split dough into 16 pieces, form little balls.
- Cover the dough with plastic, and put in the fridge to chill.
- While it's chilling, prepare cream.
- Custard Cream:
- Pour 1 1/2 quarts of milk into thick bottom pot and bring it to boil. Don't use aluminum pots - it will burn !
- While the milk is warming up, prepare the cream mix:
- Separate egg yolks and stir them very well with sugar and a pinch of salt - until mix turns very light yellow.
- Add flour, mix well.
- Add 1 cup cold milk, mix very well. Avoid lumps.
- When your milk starts to boil, reduce the heat immediately to low.
- Pour the cream mixture into boiling milk very slowly, using a whisk to stir the cream.
- Bring the mixture to boil again, constantly stirring it. When it starts boiling, you will see it become thicker. Let it simmer for 2-3 minutes, don't forget to stir at all times.
- Remove from the stove, add lemon zest, vanilla, nutmeg, and vodka (rum, brandy, or liquor).
- When you are able to touch the pot, add butter and mix it in as it melts. Set aside.
- Now back to pastry:
- Preheat oven to 420 degrees F.
- Turn off the phone, so no one can distract you for 1 hour.
- a. Get 1 piece of dough from the fridge, roll it into a very thin crust on well floured surface - as thin as you can, forming a round or a square crust.
- b. Roll the crust onto rolling pin, and unroll it onto UNGREASED baking sheet.
- c .Pierce crust with the fork all over.
- d. Bake in the oven for 2 minutes or until lightly golden. Don't over bake. It is better when it is not dark.
- e. Remove the crust from the oven and put aside.
- Repeat steps a-e for all the rest of the dough.
- Never leave the kitchen while the crust is in the oven - check it all the time - it bakes very quickly.
- Bake the last crust a little longer than others, letting it turn brown.
- Put one crust on the cake dish.
- Pour a ladle full of cream onto it.
- Use skimmer to spread the cream evenly on the crust. Repeat for all crusts, except for the brown one.
- Crush the brown crust on the board, using the rolling pin - just roll it over the crust several times - it will make great fine crumbs.
- Pour the crumbs over the top layer of the cake.
- Let the cake soak for 2-3 hours. Cut out the uneven edges, forming your favorite cake shape - square or round, or oval. You get to eat all of the cut-offs... mmmm...
- *Hint: making round-shaped cake produces more cut-offs, which means, more for you!
The Cookcrainny Prattville, AL
The Rating7 people
Wonderful recipe! It turned out fantastic, just like I remembered it.
olga in Hillsboro loved it
I love this version! Never tried adding alcohol to my cream, the pastry part sounds awesome too. Next time the girls are over for the tea party, I know what I'm serving! Вкуснятина!juels in Clayton loved it
Wow - this sounds dynamite!jett2whit in Union City loved it