For 1 Fraisier (French strawberry cake), you will need:
How long does it take?
Preparation Cooking Start to finish 1 hour 43 min. 1 hour 2 hours 43 min. Preservation:
A day or two in the fridge.
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Step by step recipe
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Stage 1 -
Begin by preparing the strawberry syrup:
Put 300 g strawberries, cut into pieces, in a bowl which can be used in a bain-marie. Add 100 g
stretch cooking film
to seal the container well and place in a bain-marie over very low heat for one hour.
Stage 2 -
At the end of this time, you will have a delicious strawberry syrup. Strain through a
The pieces of strawberry left will not have much flavour, so you can either eat them or throw them away.
Note: French chefs call this "clarified strawberries", rather than a syrup.
Stage 3 -
Stage 4 -
Génoise (Genoa sponge)
. When cooked and cooled, cut this to the shape of your cake, round or square.
You can see that here I have cut it round using a dessert ring. If you do not have one, you can cut round a small plate laid on the sponge.
Stage 5 -
Split the genoa sponge in two through the middle.
Stage 6 -
Place one circle of sponge on the serving plate and place a dessert ring over it.
Stage 7 -
Soak the the top of this sponge circle with half the strawberry syrup.
Stage 8 -
Spread a thin layer of crème mousseline over the sponge.
Stage 9 -
Arrange straberries cut in half around the circle with the cut side towards the outside.
Stage 10 -
Then fill the circle with whole strawberries, placed upright.
Stage 11 -
Spread the remaining crème mousseline over the strawberries; ideally, they should be completely covered.
Tap the plate gently on the worktop to settle the cream.
Stage 12 -
Lay the other circle of genoa sponge on a
and soak with the remaining strawberry syrup, using a brush.
Stage 13 -
Then turn this over onto the dessert inside the ring.
This is a tricky operation, so I advise you to turn it over smartly onto a
to (along with the rack), then slide it onto the top of the cake.
Press gently on the top to make sure it is flat and even.
Stage 14 -
Stage 15 -
Decorate with a half strawberry and brush with an apricot glaze. This is not essential, but adds an attractive finish and prevents the marzipan from drying out.
Stage 16 -
At the last minute, gently remove the cake from the dessert ring. Your "fraisier" is ready to be served and enjoyed.
If you do not have a dessert ring, use a circle of strong card, lined with a piece of
stretch plastic film
, held in place with a paper clip.
For a quicker finish, you can simply sprinkle the top of the cake with icing sugar in place of the marzipan.
For Gaston Lenôtre, a strawberry cake should be made with
rather than mousseline, and he called it a "Bagatelle".
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories by day for a woman ( change to a man). How much will it cost?
For 1 Fraisier (French strawberry cake) : 10.50 € Note : These prices are only approximate
Source Home made, with Catherine as tester. Her portion is shown in the photo. More recipes?This recipe use (among others)
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