Vanilla Bean Cake
This is a version of pastry chef Bill Yosses's signature dessert at
Citarella Restaurant, in New York City. The batter needs to chill
for at least 8 hours before baking, so plan accordingly.
7 ounces white chocolate, chopped, plus a block of white chocolate
7 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 vanilla beans, split, seeds scraped
5 large eggs, separated
1/3 cup bread flour, sifted
Pinch of cream of tartar
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1. Butter a 10-inch springform pan. Line the bottom with parchment
paper and butter the paper.
2. In a large bowl set over a pot of barely simmering water, stir
the chopped white chocolate with the butter until almost melted.
Remove the bowl from the heat, add the vanilla seeds and stir until
smooth. Stir in the egg yolks. Sift the bread flour over the batter
and stir it in.
3. In a large bowl, beat the egg whites with the cream of tartar to
soft peaks. Gradually add the sugar and beat until the whites are
stiff and glossy. Beat one-fourth of the egg whites into the batter,
then fold in the remaining whites until no streaks remain. Pour the
batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top. Cover with plastic
wrap and refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight.
4. Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C). Bake the cake in the middle of
the oven for about 30 minutes, until puffed and golden and a
toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let the cake cool
completely in the pan; it will fall dramatically.
5. Run a thin knife around the edge of the cake, then remove the
side of the pan. Slide the cake onto a plate. Using a vegetable
peeler, shave white chocolate curls over the cake.
The baked cake can be refrigerated for up to 2 days. Serve at room
Makes 8-10 servings.
Source: Food and Wine