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Author Notes: Danes love cream cakes and coffee on a Sunday afternoon. Every bakery makes at least a dozen different type, but this one the Tivoli cake is rare, because it takes quite a bit of work, but it's worth it.
It's created in the Tivoli gardens in the center of Copenhagen, and every year since I was old enough to decide what cake I wanted, when the grown ups needed to rest a bit during the yearly Tivoli visit I choose one of these: A pastry shell filled with apple sauce ringed with whipped cream - on top a meringue dipped in a rum cream with a nice pattern of currant jelly.
Now I can make them myself! —Andreadoria56
Serves 4 - 8 cakes
- 2 egg whites
- 1 3/4 cups white sugar
- 1 dash vinegar
- Weigh your egg whites - you need three times the amount of sugar. Then start by beating the whites until they foam up a bit and then gradually add the sugar - I used a stand mixer and it took about 12 minutes until all the sugar was absorbed. You can test the progress along the way - the meringue should be completely smooth without any grittyness from the sugar. Just before it's done, add a dash of vinegar - I used a nice cherry vinegar.
- In the finished cake the meringues are fitted on top of portion sized shell baked of sweet pastry. So when you know the size you want to make - mine are quite small so people get two each- draw similar sized circles on a sheet of parchment paper for baking. Pipe each meringue in a generous dome on the circle. Bake at least one hour at 285F.
- 2 egg yokes
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1/4 ounce good quality golden rum
- 6 ounces whipping cream
- Beat the two egg whites with the sugar until it becomes a smooth, pale yellow color, then add the rum.
- Beat the cream until it is light an fluffy. Then carefully fold most of the whipped cream into the beaten egg yolkes with the rum. You need a not too runny cream.
- Well the format for these recipes does not allow me to add the other to things you need to make: Sweet pastry and apple sauce. For the pastry: Crumble 4 oz of butter into 8 oz of flour, add 3 oz of sugar and one egg. As quick as you can bring the dough together and then cool it for at least 1 hour in the fridge. If it's too dry add a teaspoon of water at the time. After and hour roll the dough out and cut 4 or 8 circles that fit into the kind of cake mold you use. You need a small pie shape - you can use a muffin form and just press the round of dough into it. Blind bake for 16 minutes at 375 f. The pastry shell should only be lightly baked - or the cake will turn into a mess when you eat it.
- Apple Sauce: Core and peel two sweet, fragrant apples. Cut them into pieces and put them into a sauce pan, add the juice of a quarter of a lemon. Scrape the seeds out of a vanilla pod and mix that with about two table spoons of sugar - add to sauce along with the pods and cook for 5-8 minutes. Cool.
- Assembly: Fill the pastry shells with apple sauce, pipe a ring of whipped cream along the edge of the pastry. Dip the meringues into the rum cream and pipe a thin line of currant - or rhubarb - jelly in a swirl down the cake. As is evident from the picture, my rhubarb jelly was too runny.
- Variation: Make half the cakes with rhubarb sauce in stead of apple sauce, it you have those at hand. I cooked two stalks with 2 spoon fulls of sugar, a small rosemary twig and a tiny ear of star anise as well as a bit of water. Cooking time: 5-8 minutes.
- The raw egg cream: Use pasteurized egg yolks if you are at all concerned with eating uncooked egg. I'm from viking stock so I live dangerously.
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