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2.4.14

Strawberry Shortcake: Visitandine #French Fridays with Dorie

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I've always had unusual relationships with nuns. They either saw the light of Jesus in me or thought I was a "daughter of the devil". I either was very devout in their eyes or... I asked too many questions and had no faith at all.


  Mother Superior from The Flying Nun
Mother Superior from The Flying Nun

I really didn't want to provoke the nuns who taught me catechism. I think I was just a bit too eager. You see after looking at my catechism book and seeing all the beautiful pictures of saints. I decided I wanted to be a saint. Yes, I really wanted to be a saint... I just loved their halos, and I knew that the only way I was going to get a halo was to become a saint.


st philomena
St. Philomena

As I got older and learned about the lives of the saints, I realized that I would probably need to die a violent death in the name of God in order to become one... this did not appeal to me.  I gave up on the idea of a getting a halo; and got highlights instead... golden hair was pretty cool too!

Why am I rambling on about nuns? Well, this cake the Visitandine is named after a very old French religious order of cloistered nuns. They most likely sold this cake in order to support themselves.


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When you taste this cake you will not be surprised that it is based on a nun's recipe. It is light and heavenly... truly. This cake reminds me of Madeline cookies... and we know she had an interesting relationship with nuns too.


The Trouble with Angels
The Trouble with Angels 

 I changed the preparation of this cake substantially, because I just don't see the point of whipping eggs if you are going to deflate them...etc. Also because I was making this cake in a large flat pan (because I only own one springform pan) I decided to top it with berries and a glaze. So what follows is my version of Visitandine. I hope I don't get in trouble with any nuns for changing the recipe... but if I do, I won't be surprised.


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Strawberry Shortcake: Visitandine

by Diane Balch
simplelivingeating.com

adapted from Dorie Greenspan's Visitandine found in "Around My French Table."


Ingredients:

the whites of 4 large eggs
3/4 cup of flour
2/3 cup of sugar
1/8 teaspoon of salt
7 tablespoons of melted unsalted butter
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
16 ounces of fresh ripe strawberries sliced
1 tablespoon of red currant jelly
fresh whipped cream


Directions:

1) Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. 

2) Line the bottom of a 9 inch springform pan with parchment. Spray cooking spray over parchment and sides of pan. (You can use any size springform pan you have. A smaller one may take a little longer to cook and a larger one less time.)

3) With the whisk attachment on a stand mixer or with a hand held mixer whip the egg whites until they hold firm peaks. (I used a stand mixer so I transferred the whipped eggs to a chilled metal bowl, so I can mix the rest of the ingredients with the stand mixer.) Put whipped eggs aside.

4) With the paddle attachment mix on medium high the sugar, salt, butter, and vanilla extract. Scrap the sides of the bowl down and slowly add the flour on medium-low speed.

5) With a large spatula fold the whipped egg whites into the batter. 

6) Pour batter into cake pan. Spread evenly and bake for about 20-25 minutes or until the top of the cake is golden and the cake starts to move away from the sides of the pan.

7) Let cool for 5 minutes and then flip on to a cooling rack. Remove parchment paper. Let cool completely.

8) Arrange sliced strawberries on top of the cake. Heat the jelly for a few seconds in the microwave. Brush the strawberries lightly with the jelly. Don't put too much glaze on, you don't want the cake to get soggy. Do this just before you are going to serve the cake. Don't forget the whipped cream!



Note: As a member of French Friday's with Dorie I am not allowed to print the recipe. I invite you to take a look at this wonderful cookbook "Around My French Table" if you are interested in this or any other recipe I review. 



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50 comments:

  1. Gorgeous and delicious cake!!
    It is heavenly.... I understand why you think if nuns LOL
    I have a craving for this cake now :)

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    1. Please make this Winnie you will not be disappointed. One large Madeline cookie...yum.

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  2. Ohhhh, Diane. I am not even going to write my FFWD Post this week. I am just going to send everyone over to yours. This is hysterical. So many good lines. Loved the golden highlights. Did you actually make a dessert? Or, 'fess up, is this another daughter-production? Since I wasn't a Catholic and didn't know much about Saints, I always wanted to be a Queen. Finally I think I have pulled off that Monarch position pretty darn well. Don't you? I liked everything about this cake but I LOVED reading your Post about it even better.

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    1. Thanks Mary,
      I did make the cake that's why there are changes. My daughter would have followed the recipe. She makes a better Catholic school than me. PS: I really did want a halo, and I really did get hightlights in middle school.

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  3. hahaha. I've never had any relation to nuns....except watching Sister Act, and the Sound of Music, lol. The cake looks divine!

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    1. Divine is a perfect description. Nuns tend to be extreme... either very loveable or very hard to deal with. One of my aunt's is a nun, so I have know many.

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  4. Too funny! My husband has stories about the evil Sr. Concetta...mean to the bone. The Catholic elementary school in my hometown was on it's way out before I started Kindergarten so never had to deal with any nuns....and according to Bill, maybe that was a blessing!! PS...we loved this cake, too!

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    1. My older siblings went to Catholic schools.. my sister even went to an all girls French Catholic high school. She speaks French with a perfect Parisan accent... though she still has scars on her knuckles for getting whacked with a ruler when she mispronounced anything.

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  5. My Joe has more nun stories - I have a funny suspicion that he deserved most of the fallout that came his way. Of course, there were nine in his family, so I have a feeling he wasn't the only one giving the nuns a run for their money.

    This cake was enjoyed by all here too...

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    1. 9 wow, now that's a Catholic family... oh, I'm sure they had the nuns hopping. Glad you enjoyed the cake too.

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  6. I laughed out laud when I read this post, Diane! I went through nine years of Catholic school and nuns. I was so happy to enter public High School. My mother used to call me doubting Thomas…because I always had questions, that I felt no one answered! We had Dominicans at my school, and they were pretty nice…but I do remember a few boys in my class getting the wrath of Sister Catherine Francis! When I was about 10, I wanted to be a nun…by the time I was 13 I realized I just wasn’t cut out for the job! I think I liked boys too much!
    BTW…Your cake looks delicious and beautiful!

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    1. When I worked at a Yishua I used to ask the rabbi who taught in the room next to me tons of questions about Judiasm. He said I would have made a good Jew because asking questions is a sign of faith. I may have been born into the wrong religion?
      So, you wanted to be a nun that would have been more practical than wanting to be a saint.

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  7. Your nun photos made me laugh. Also made me realize there were way more nuns in movies and TV when I was growing up than now. I did like this cake, so plain and true to its flavors. Can't wait to try it with strawberries like you did.

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    1. So true... no nuns in TV or movies any more? Interesting... I wonder what that says about the times.

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    1. Thanks Diane. I don't think there was a Saint Diane, do you?

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  9. haha.. enjoyed the post. you really loved the halo so much ? :)
    We enjoyed this cake. It was easy and delicious.

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    1. What's not to love...halos are awesome... but dying a horrible death to get one, well... not that great.

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  10. Wow this sounds wonderful. I love any dessert with Strawberries.

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    1. It is perfect for strawberry season, that's for sure.

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  11. Highly entertaining and informative post (sorry, I thought I had commented earlier when I first visited). The portions of the cake, berries and cream are perfect!

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    1. Thanks Emily,
      I enjoyed both the cake and the stroll down memory lane.

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  12. My Dad had such bad experiences with the nuns at Catholic school that he made sure we attended public school - much to the chagrin of my mother, whose Catholic school experiences were the opposite of his.

    This is one of those cakes I make again and again. I'm loving all the serving ideas I've been gleaning from everyone's posts. Your glazed strawberry version looks delicious!

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    1. Thanks so much,
      My oldest sister had horrible experiences too. I haven't heard of many people that had good ones.

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  13. Love your post, made me laugh. My exposure to nun's was limited to watching the flying nun on TV! However I've sent my son to a catholic boy's school and it's really opened my eyes!
    The cake truly is heavenly. Love that you made it your own :)

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    1. The Flying Nun was really one of the oddest shows. It would never be made today? Nuns can be interesting. My mother's sister is a nun... so I know a few up close and personal.

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  14. Awesome post today. I doubt that I would have made a very good saint either. The many nuns I annoyed during my years in Catholic school certainly didn't think so:-)

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    1. But did you try to annoy them? I never tried, but I always succeeded. Strange bunch.

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  15. Diane, since everyone already commented on Catholic nuns, I shall refrain from that and let you know that your cake looks just perfect for the afternoon cup of tea or coffee (we do a lot of "coffee and cake" or "Kaffee und Kuchen" in the afternoon around here). I like that you glazed your lovely strawberries with red currant jelly, I do that a lot too, we love how that looks and tastes.
    Have a nice weekend!

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    1. Thanks Andrea,
      How civilized to have kaffee and kuchen... we just tend to grab a granola bar and run to the next meeting.

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  16. Your cake looks lovely. I am happy to hear that it worked without whipping the egg whites. I did, but it would have been even easier if it wasn't necessary.

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    1. I did whip the egg whites and I carefully folded them in instead the rough stirring that was suggested.

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  17. Hi Diane! I was just about to go to bed after a quite full day when I started reading your post. I've been laughing so hard for the past five minutes and I feel so rejuvenated right now I think I am going to stay up for at least one more hour thinking about halos and highlight and craving a bit of this cake.

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    1. You got me laughing now too... have a little snack and get to bed or I'll tell the nuns.

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  18. Mother Superior Placido. Gosh, I used to just adore that show and was certainly fascinated by nuns as a kid. I will break this one out again in the summer I'm sure. I'm not following your method though. I folded the egg whites in as well but still didn't get a lot of lift because the 10 was just a bit too wide. A springform 10 pan is really not the same as a 10 in pie plate and I felt silly for not thinking of that. So I just improvised and punched out the cake into rounds.

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    1. I used a 9 and it was spreading really thin, I can't image a 10. It is really interesting that nuns were on TV when we were growing up and now they are gone. I think the number of nuns has just dropped in general. Though I heard there are more woman joining at 50 plus... maybe I can still get my halo?

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  19. Too funny! I think highlights are better than halos too. Especially since mine would be a tarnished one for sure. Your cake still looks like the recipe and doesn't seem so far off at all! I don't think anyone could tell the difference! It's gorgeous and I am sure tasty.

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  20. St. Filomena is quite the looker. She's almost St. Katniss Everdeen with the arrows. But yes, long live the self-made halos to frame our faces.

    Currant jelly... mmmh!

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    1. I also really liked St. Theresa and St. Rose and of course current jelly.

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  21. Wasn't this just perfect with the strawberries and cream. Yours looks delicious.

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  22. Very funny Diane. Golden hair is way better than halos! LOL A beautiful recipe.

    Anne xx

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    1. I thought you would enjoy the story. I could use those hightlights right now my hair is looking a bit dull after the winter.

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  23. Great story Diane! Plus the dessert is pretty delicious looking. I went to Catholic school for 3 years and the nuns always intimidated me and they had those rulers! wink... Hope you are having a good week!

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    1. It is hard to read a nun... for sure!

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  24. I don't have any experience with nuns but I do with strawberry short cake and this one seems so yummy! Linda at bushelandapickle

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    1. Thanks for stopping by LInda. Lucky you not having any bad nun experiences. Though the good experiences were great.

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  25. Strawberry Shortcake one of the all time classics that we just love. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday today, it is great to have you at the party. Hope you have a very special week and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

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  26. This looks fabulous! Thanks for linking up with What's Cookin' Wednesday!

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  27. I couldn't understand the point of beating the eggs just to deflate them either. Thanks for sharing your revised recipe.

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    1. I follow baking techinques from America's Test Kitchen because I know they have food science behind them. I think a lot of the recipes Dorie gets from people aren't necessarily logical. They are just the way someone made something.

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