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"Great cake, also known in Barbados as black cake or rum cake, is a variation of British Christmas cake that's smashed with rum and falernum syrup," says Momofuku Seiobo chef Paul Carmichael. "This festive cake varies from household to household but they all have two things in common: tons of dried fruit and rum. It's a cake that should be started at least a month out so the fruit can marinate in the booze. Start this recipe up to five weeks ahead to macerate the fruit and baste the cake."

Whiskey Sour tart


We've taken the classic lemon meringue tart and transformed it with the flavours of the equally classic Whiskey Sour. A good splash of whiskey adds a kick to the Italian meringue topping.

You'll need

280 gm caster sugar 100 ml whiskey 30 ml lemon juice 5 eggwhites To serve: icing sugar To serve: maraschino cherries (optional)   Lemon pastry 130 gm butter, softened 130 gm pure icing sugar, sieved Finely grated rind of 2 lemons 2 eggs, plus 1 yolk 360 gm plain flour   Whipped lemon curd 8 egg yolks 270 gm caster sugar 140 ml lemon juice 30 ml whiskey Finely grated rind of 1 lemon 1 titanium-strength gelatine leaf, softened in cold water for 3-5 minutes 250 gm butter, softened, chopped 200 gm crème fraîche

Method

  • 01
  • For lemon pastry, beat butter, icing sugar and rind in an electric mixer until pale (2-3 minutes). Scrape down sides, then add eggs and yolk one at a time, beating well between each addition. Add flour and a pinch of salt, and mix to just combine, then form dough into a disc, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm (2 hours). Roll out pastry on a lightly floured work surface to 4mm thick, then line a 3cm-deep x 24cm-diameter tart or cake tin on tray lined with baking paper, pressing pastry into the corners. Trim top and refrigerate to rest (1 hour). Preheat oven to 180C. Blind-bake tart case until light golden (10-15 minutes), then remove paper and weights and bake until golden and crisp (8-10 minutes). Set aside to cool completely and store in an airtight container until required. Tart case can be made a day ahead.
  • 02
  • For whipped lemon curd, whisk yolks, sugar, lemon juice, whiskey and rind in a bowl over a saucepan of simmering water until thick and pale (4-5 minutes). Squeeze excess water from gelatine, whisk into lemon mixture until dissolved, then remove from heat and whisk in butter a little at a time, until incorporated. Refrigerate until thick and cooled. Just before serving, whisk lemon curd to soften, then whisk in crème fraîche.
  • 03
  • Stir sugar, 50ml whiskey and lemon juice in a small saucepan over medium-high heat until sugar dissolves, bring to the boil and cook until syrup reaches 126C on a sugar thermometer (5-6 minutes). As syrup nears temperature, whisk eggwhite in an electric mixer until soft peaks form then, whisking continuously, gradually add syrup down the side of the bowl and whisk until glossy (4-5 minutes), then add remaining whiskey and whisk to combine.
  • 04
  • Spoon lemon curd into pastry case, smooth top, then spoon meringue on top in large peaks, brown with a blowtorch (optional), dust with icing sugar and serve with maraschino cherries.

At A Glance

  • Serves 10 - 12 people
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