Provided by: Chef Vera Tong
¾ cup almond flour
3 whole eggs
4 egg yolks
1 cup egg whites (use the 4 leftover whites)
1 pinch cream of tartar
¾ cup sugar
¾ cup all-purpose flour
¾ cup water
½ cup sugar
Combine sugar and water in a small pan and bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve completely.
3 cups fresh strawberries, puréed in a blender or food processor
¼ cup plus 2 tbs. sugar
5½ sheets gelatin (available at New York Cake & Baking Supplies)
Combine purée and sugar. To bloom the gelatin, melt gently in water in a microwave. Add to purée.
Freeze the mixture in an 8½-by-12-inch rectangular pan lined with plastic wrap.
VANILLA BAVARIAN CREAM
1 cup heavy cream
1 cup milk
Half of a vanilla bean, scraped
3 tbs. sugar
4 egg yolks
5½ sheets gelatin, bloomed in water according to instructions on packaging
1¼ cups heavy cream, whipped to soft peaks
For Shortcake: In a stand mixer with whip attachment, combine almond flour, flour, eggs, and yolks, and whip until light and fluffy. Transfer mixture to a large bowl and clean mixer. Whip egg whites at medium speed and add 1 tablespoon of sugar when whites are frothy. Add 1 tablespoon every two minutes. Fold meringue into almond mixture in thirds. Spread on a parchment-lined greased 8½-by-12-inch pan and bake at 350 for 5 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool.
For Vanilla Bavarian Cream: Bring heavy cream, milk, and vanilla bean to a boil. In a bowl, whisk sugar and yolks. Pour 1/3 of the hot milk mixture into egg mixture and whisk until combined. Add egg mixture into remaining hot milk and cook on medium, whisking constantly until mixture reaches 185 degrees. Put mixture through a strainer into a clean bowl and add bloomed gelatin. Refrigerate. When cool, fold in whipped cream in thirds.
To Assemble: In a parchment-lined 8½-by-12-inch pan, place cake layer on bottom. Soak with sugar syrup, and spread evenly with half of the Bavarian cream. Add the gelée layer. Spread the rest of Bavarian cream and freeze until firm. Slice into 6 portions. Serve with fresh strawberries.(Published 2009)