- Nonstick baking spray
- 1 cup quick oatmeal (recommended: Quaker Quick 1 minute oats)
- 1 stick butter (softened or just cut into thirds)
- 1 cup boiling water
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 cup sour cream (recommended: Breakstones)
- 2 1/2 cups fresh mixed berries (you can also use frozen, blackberries, raspberries and blueberries, if using fresh just evenly divide all 3 kinds, frozen comes already mixed)
- Spiced Brandy Creme Anglaise, recipe follows
Preheat oven to 360 degrees F. Put raisins for creme anglaise recipe in brandy to soak. Spray nonstick 8-mini Bundt cake pan (Wilton mini Bundt 14 3/4 by 9 7/8-inches) with nonstick baking spray.
In a medium bowl add oatmeal, and butter. Pour boiling water over, stir and allow to stand for 1 minute.
In a stand mixer bowl beat eggs, sugar and brown sugar on high speed until creamy and light about 2 minutes. Add oatmeal mixture, flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla and mix on medium-high until creamy about 1 to 1 1/2 minutes. Lower speed to medium and mix in sour cream until blended. Turn off mixer and stir in berries by hand.
Next using a ladle and a soup spoon to get all the batter, scoop batter into pans about 1/2 to almost 3/4 the way full making sure to have berries in each (this cake rises well so careful not to over fill). Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
Make creme anglaise while cakes are baking. When done baking turn cakes out onto a large cooling rack that has been sprayed with nonstick spray. If you do not have a rack just turn out on the counter and use a spatula to pick up the cake when ready to plate.
Spiced Peach Brandy Creme Anglaise:
- Nonstick cooking spray
- 2 cups half-and-half
- 3 egg yolks
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
- Pinch ground cloves
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 3 teaspoons peach brandy or any good brandy (recommended: Dekuyper), plus more for soaking raisins
- 1/4 cup raisins, soaked in peach brandy, with the brandy drained off
Spray a heavy bottom saucepan with nonstick spray and place over medium heat. Add half-and-half; watch closely and whisk.
In a mixing bowl whisk together egg yolks, sugar and vanilla until it has a creamy texture, about 1 minute. Turn the heat up to medium-high and whisk the half-and-half constantly until it just starts to show steam coming off the top. Remove from heat and slowly temper the hot half-and-half to the egg mixture. Whisk well, return the mixture to the saucepan and place pan back on medium-high heat. While whisking constantly add cloves and cinnamon. Continue whisking until the anglaise just begins to boil then whisk even faster for about 30 to 40 seconds. You will know it is done if you place a wooden spoon in and the mixture sticks to it. Total cooking time is only about 5 to 6 minutes. Remove from the heat and add brandy and drained soaked raisins and whisk well. Watch the pot keeping in mind the pot is still hot from the heat. Give it a little whisk so it does not burn if you have a few minutes before plating.
(Cook's Note: for some reason if you overcook the anglaise and it begins to look like curdled milk, remove from heat immediately and pour into a heat temperature safe blender and slowly temper in, (add more) half-and-half and pulse or whip until it looks creamy. It will happen quickly, less than a minute.)
Shot Glass of Fire Assembly:
- 2 teaspoons raisins
- 2 teaspoons peach brandy or brandy (recommended: Dekuyper)
- 1 teaspoon Ever Clear alcohol, for flames
In a 1 shot, shot glass place raisins and brandy and top float with Ever Clear alcohol for fire. You want to have at least 1/2-inch clear space from the top of the mixture to the rim of the glass. Eating of the raisins is optional.
- 1 cup premade raspberry or blackberry sauce (or 1 cup raspberry jam melted over a double-boiler)
- 1/2 cup fresh mixed berries
- 8 sprigs mint
- Disk or spoon to put out flame
Using a standard dessert plate take a squeeze bottle of premade raspberry or blackberry sauce and draw 3 to 4 lines on the plate. Place the hot or warm mini Bundt cake in the middle of a dessert plate. Spoon creme anglasie sauce over cake allowing some to get into the middle and running over the sides. Now carefully place the finished fire glass in the hole in the middle of the cake. Place a sprig of fresh mint, a few fresh berries (and disk or spoon on the side for putting out the flame) to garnish and repeat process to finish all 8 of the mini cakes. Carry cakes to the table and light the fire glass in front of your guests. This is a very easy and quick recipe sure to impress your guests. Even the novice of cooks will have no problem. The wild berry cake is packed with succulent berries and the spiced anglaise just complements it so well. This is also very good cold.
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