My favourite shop bought cake of all time (and they are few) is a 'sponge drop'. When I was a teen, a mere handful of years ago, my mother used to send me off to the local bakery for the seeking out of freshly made, would be called artisan now,
It would be light and fluffy and filled with fresh cream, jam and dusted with icing sugar...though the best sponge drops had a crusty sugar top to them. I'd get home, devour an
I am very grateful to Nonna's Kitchen for helping me make sponge drops from her recipe.
In the words of Cher "if I could turn back time..."
..."I'd have another sponge drop"...me.Ingredients:
3 free range eggs - separated
90g plain flour (sifted 3 times)
90g white caster sugar
150ml carton double cream
1 tbsp icing sugar plus more to dust
homemade jam/lemon curd
1 ripe passion fruit
Baking trays and greaseproof paper
1. Pre- heat the oven to 200C fan.
2. Start by separating the eggs. Put the egg whites into a bowl and whisk until very fluffy. Then add the egg yolks and caster sugar and whisk again.
3. Sift the flour over the top of the mix very gently then, with a large spoon fold in the flour, be gentle as you want to keep as much air in as possible. Beware of pockets of flour, just fold gently until mixed in.
4. You can either pipe rounds of the cake batter onto greaseproof paper on a baking sheet. OR, just use a dessert spoon to drop the batter into rounds, use the spoon in a circular motion. try to get the size bigger than a macaron and smaller than a scone.
5. Bake in the oven for just 5 minutes. Leave to cool for a few minutes before taking off the baking sheet (use a plastic spatula to slide it underneath and gently lift them off.
6. While the drops are cooling whip the cream and a tbsp of sieved icing sugar into soft peaks.
8. Fill a piping bag with the cream and pipe onto one of the flat sides of a sponge drop (the risen dome goes on the top upwards), add a teaspoon of jam, curd or fresh passionfruit on top of the cream. Repeat for all drops.
9. Add another sponge drop (flat side down) onto the top. Dust with icing sugar.
This will make about 12 sponge drops.