Lemon Butter Cake and Souffle for Mother's Day

Friday, May 4, 2012

Lemon Butter Cake and Souffle for Mother's Day

Remember those early days, when you baked cookies with Mom and she let you lick the spoon? Mother’s Day is the time to recall those special memories, and more importantly, it’s the chance to create new memories together. Bake a delicious Lemon Butter Cake to show your appreciation. It’s just the two of you again in the kitchen, and the bonding time is what counts. Light and airy, and baked with the rich taste of Kerrygold Unsalted Butter, Lemon Butter Cake melts in your mouth and will delight Mom!

Mother’s Day isn’t complete without whipping up a distinctive meal to impress Mom. The soufflé is a fancy dish, and a great way to make your mark. Served for brunch or lunch, a soufflé is a versatile, yet uncomplicated recipe that celebrates Mom in all her grandeur! Prepared with Kerrygold Pure Irish Butter and shredded Kerrygold Dubliner Cheese, your soufflé turns into the perfect savory dish. Mom will marvel at the stunning presentation. Serve with a green salad for that extra touch of European refinement.

Creating a fabulous spread shows your gratitude in capital letters. To inspire you, we’ve gathered our recipes for Lemon Butter Cake and Ballyvolane House Dubliner Cheese Soufflé that’ll make Mom feel like queen for a day. And you’ll have a ball!

Lemon Butter Cake and Ballyvolane House Dubliner Cheese Soufflé
Ingredients:

Lemon Butter Cake

For the cake:

8 tablespoons Kerrygold Unsalted Butter, softened, plus extra for buttering cake tins

Flour for dusting cake pans

3/4 cup sugar

4 eggs, separated

1/2 cup whole milk

1 teaspoon lemon extract

2 cups cake flour

1 tablespoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

For the butter cream:

4 egg yolks

1/2 cup sugar

1/3 cup light corn syrup

1 – 1/4 cups Kerrygold Unsalted Butter, softened

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 teaspoon grated lemon zest

1/2 teaspoon lemon extract

Ballyvolane House Dubliner Cheese Soufflé

For the soufflés:

3 tablespoons Kerrygold Pure Irish Butter, plus more for greasing ramekins

1 – 1/4 cups milk, preferably whole milk

Pinch freshly grated nutmeg

1/4 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon salt

Pinch English-style dry mustard

Pinch ground red (cayenne) pepper

3/4 cup (about 3 ounces) shredded Kerrygold Dubliner Cheese

3 large eggs, separated

For the salad:

1 cup good-quality balsamic vinegar

5 ounces (about 10 cups) mixed baby greens

Directions:

Lemon Butter Cake

To make the cake, heat oven to 350° F. Butter two 8-inch round cake pans; dust with flour, tapping out excess. In electric mixer with paddle attachment or with hand mixer, beat eight tablespoons butter and the sugar on medium speed until light. On low speed, beat in egg yolks, one at a time. Beat in milk and lemon extract; mixture may look curdled but will smooth out when flour is added. Whisk together flour, baking powder and salt. Add to butter mixture; beat on low speed just until smooth. In electric mixer with whisk attachment or with hand mixer, beat egg whites until stiff but not dry. Stir one-fourth of the egg whites into the batter; fold in remaining egg whites until no streaks remain. Spread batter in prepared pans, dividing it equally. Bake about 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the cakes comes out clean. Cool in pans five minutes; turn out onto a rack and cool completely.

To make butter cream, lightly oil a glass heatproof measuring cup. In an electric mixer with whisk attachment or with hand mixer, beat egg yolks on high speed until light. While yolks are beating, in small saucepan, heat sugar and corn syrup over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to a full boil. Immediately pour into measuring cup. With mixer off, pour one-third of the sugar syrup onto egg yolks; beat on high speed for two seconds. Repeat with remaining syrup in two additions. Beat until cool. Add butter, a few tablespoons at a time. Add lemon juice, zest and extract, beating until smooth. If not using immediately, refrigerate butter cream in airtight container; bring to room temperature and beat until smooth before using.

To assemble cake, trim one cake layer so that top of layer is flat; brush off any crumbs. With metal spatula, spread a layer of butter cream on trimmed layer. Place the second cake layer, rounded side up, on top of the first layer. Spread butter cream on top and sides of cake. Serves eight to ten.

Ballyvolane House Dubliner Cheese Soufflé

Heat oven to 400° F. Generously butter six 6-ounce ramekins (3 – 1/2-inch diameter); set aside. In 2-cup glass measure, microwave milk and nutmeg on HIGH until hot, about 1 – 1/2 minutes. In medium saucepan, melt 3 tablespoons butter over medium-low heat. Whisk in flour, salt, dry mustard and red pepper to make a roux; cook 1 minute. Gradually add hot milk, whisking until smooth. Bring to a simmer; cook 3 minutes, whisking frequently. Remove from heat; stir in cheese until melted. Add egg yolks; mix until blended.

In electric mixer bowl, using whisk attachment beat egg whites until stiff but not dry. Stir 1/4 of egg whites into cheese sauce to lighten. Gently, but thoroughly, fold in remaining whites until blended. Evenly spoon into buttered ramekins; place ramekins in 13 x 9-inch baking pan. Place pan on oven rack in the center. Add enough hot water to baking pan to reach halfway up sides of ramekins. Bake until puffed and golden brown, about 18 to 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, in small saucepan, heat balsamic vinegar to a boil over medium-high heat. Boil slowly until reduced to a thin syrup, about 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from heat; set aside.

The soufflés can be served immediately, as is, or cooled and reheated for serving later. To serve immediately, place ramekins on salad plate. Arrange approximately 1 – 1/2 cups salad greens to the side; drizzle with balsamic syrup.

Twice-Baked Soufflé Variation: To serve soufflés later, cool on wire rack. (Soufflés will fall slightly.) When cool, run small knife along edge to loosen soufflés. Turn out, upside down, onto ovenproof dish. When ready to serve, heat oven to 425° F. Sprinkle about 2 teaspoons shredded Dubliner Cheese over each soufflé. Season 3/4 cup heavy cream with salt and pepper; pour over tops, covering completely. Heat in oven until tops are light golden, about 10 minutes. Using metal spatula, carefully lift and transfer soufflés to salad plates; serve with salad greens and balsamic syrup as described above. Makes 6 servings.

 

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