When it’s too hot out

Gateau aux petits beurres - Imene Photography 

We have been home almost a week now. One week to open suitcases and get back to a normal routine.

The trip back was uneventful but long and when I say that I mean 30 hour long. At the end of which I was so glad to finally see my house. The first days are difficult, I miss my family, I miss the bright sun and the kids are disoriented and they miss everyone too. I get a weird feeling of not belonging and then slowly our life settles back. Those are times I like to keep busy. After all the saying is busy hands steady the heart.

With three knits missing the finishing details and some little sewing projects I think I will be good for a little bit.  Today though I wanted to change things up a bit and we decided to make a cake. i remembered this little butter cake that doesn’t need any baking. Perfect for a hot day!

Petit Beurre

For the cake you will need:

  1. 24 small petit beurre (or tea cookies should do the trick)
  2. 1/2 cup of water
  3. 2 tsp instant coffee (or any leftovers from your morning coffee)
  4. 1 tbsp sugar

For the cream

  1. 1 egg
  2. 1/2 cup confectionner sugar (or icing sugar)
  3. 7 tbsp butter
  • make black coffee sweetened with warm water, sugar and instant coffee. Pour into a shallow dish.
  • Prepare the cream: Mix the egg and sugar with a wooden spoon until a runny cream.
  • Cut the butter into small pieces and work until smooth.
  • Gradually mix in the egg-sugar mixture into the butter while whisking.
  • Form the base of the cake: Coat very quickly 6 butter cookies in the coffee (do not let them soften). Arrange on a serving dish, side by side in a square or rectangle, depending on whether you wish to obtain a  square or rectangular
  • Spread about 1/4 of the cream on the cake.
  • put 6 butter cookies slightly dampened and a layer of cream. Repeat the operation twice. If you have any leftover cream, brush on the sides.
  • Decorate cake with grated chocolate or sprinkles.
  • Put the cake cool for 1 hour before serving.

You can find the Petit Beurre cookies here or here.

What’s your favorite dessert of the moment?

3 thoughts on “When it’s too hot out

  1. I have never had anything like this and it looks delicious. Glad you are home after 30 hours….that would have been a bit tearful for me being in transit for so long.


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