Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Ricardo and my Daughter:)

Shared this wonderful recipe with me..

His Rhubarb Cake à la Monette~She tried it first and gave it thumbs up!

I added a bit more of my favorite vanilla and a touch of flavoring I bought from a US company..And I must say the vanilla I am using ..I will be blue when I run out again.It's from Mexico..and the best I have ever had..Nonetheless I think this cake stands up on it's own merits.
Delicious..Like everything Ricardo does.

The Cinnamon Sugar topping gives it a nice aroma and taste.

My sweet neighbor returned home late last night from Paris and Ireland after being away for 3 weeks.
I remember being so touched when we arrived at our villa in Umbria and finding treats under the little mesh tent..that I wanted to do the same for her.
I picked white lilacs and spirea..put them in a pot in her entrance hall and left this in her kitchen~

I really like those little net domes..they make everything look just a bit more special.

Here is Ricardo/My Daughter's Rhubarb Cake Recipe

Gâteau à la rhubarbe de Monette

Ingrédients (1/2 cup) unsalted softened butter, 1 egg,375 ml (1 1/2 cups) brown sugar,5 ml (1 tsp) vanilla,500 ml (2 cups) flour,5 ml (1 tsp) baking soda,1 pinch of salt,250 ml (1 cup) buttermilk ),500 ml (2cups) fresh cut in cubes rhubarb unpeeled, of 1 cm (1/2 inch)...Topping 60 ml (1/4 cup) sugar5 ml ,(1 tsp) ground cinnamon
Prep time 30 min.. Cooking time 1 h Portions 8

1 .Preheat oven to 180 ºC (350 ºF). Butter a springform pan 20 cm (8 po). 2 .In a bowl beat butter, egg, brown sugar and vanilla with a mixer until homogenous. 3 .In another bowl, mix flour, baking soda and salt. Add previous mixture alternatively w/ buttermilk. Add rhubarb and mix w/ wooden spoon..Pour in the springform pan.. 4 .In a small bowl mix sugar and cinnamon.Sprinkle on the cake.. 5 .Bake in middle of oven ap 1 hr or until toothpick comes out clean:). can use frozen rhubarb..and you can use vinegar mixed w/ milk to sub the buttermilk..

The simplest ingredients sometimes pack the sweetest punch..Moist tasty.. and with seasonal fruit from here.

My note..I used 1/2 cup of brown sugar this time..and it was just as good..I did sprinkle icing sugar on top for the pic though;)


  1. I love rhubarb cake. Actually, I love rhubarb. The best vanilla is the vanilla you make yourself and it is so easy -- vanilla beans in rum and you let it stand until the white rum turns dark. It is absolutely the best. I've been making my own vanilla for 30 years -- never buy the "stuff" in the store!

  2. Thanks Martha..I made some a while ago.....but I need new beans..Mine were dry..Great idea..Thanks for the reminder! I will get fresh!!!
    We've had many vanillas from Mexico..but this one my DD found..has a little "je ne sais quoi:)"
    Again thanks for the reminder!

  3. As always Mme.M...simply beautiful.
    How lucky your neighbor is to have you. I think all the rhubarb is gone now here...but I will take another look at the market today...
    I am dieing to try this...

  4. I love rhubarb, have to make this soon! Come over to GrannyMountain to pick up your Awesome Award!
    joy c.

  5. Monique, you take the honors for best neighbor! To walk into the house with fresh lilacs and the beautiful display you left her - what a treat!!

    I'll have to see if I can find some rhubarb to try the cake. It looks lovely!

  6. What a lovely presentation for your lucky neighbors! I've never seen the net dome and love it. I'm going to friends this weekend and I know they'd devour this cake! Beautiful, beautiful photos.



  7. You are so sweet to do that for your friends!

    I love rhubarb - DH not so much :( I am copying the recipe anyway - pour moi!