Toasted Fennel Seed Cake
Featuring BLiS Bourbon Barrel-Aged Maple Syrup
By Blīcher Creature: Katy Waltz - Brewery Vivant
Fennel Seed Cake That is the Toast of the Town
Fennel Seed Cake Recipe
- 6 tablespoons butter, room temp
- ¼ cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- ¾ cup BLiS Bourbon Barrel-Aged Maple Syrup
- ¼ cup milk
- ¼ cup plain yogurt
- 2 eggs
- 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 2 teaspoons fennel seed
- 2 tablespoons spiced rum
- ½ teaspoon salt
Crème Fraiche Recipe
- 2 cups crème Fraiche
- 1 cup whipping cream
- ¼ cup BLiS Bourbon Barrel-Aged Maple Syrup
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla paste
Maple Sea Foam Recipe
- ¼ cup + 2 tablespoons sugar
- 3 tablespoons BLiS Bourbon Barrel-Aged Maple Syrup
- ½ teaspoon water
- 1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
Directions for Fennel Seed Cake
Preheat oven to 325°F. Spray loaf pan or 8” x 8” square cake pan. Line bottom with parchment paper.
Toast fennel seeds until fragrant in a small pan. Let cool and crush fine with mortar and pestle or spice grinder. Beat together room temperature butter and honey.
Combine olive oil, milk, and eggs. Slowly add into butter and honey. Scrape sides of the bowl and add in rum. Beat as smooth as possible. The mixture may look a little broken. Sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder, ginger, and salt in a large bowl. Add fennel seeds to dry mixture after sifting.
Make well in the center of dry ingredients and fold in wet ingredients in 3 stages just until combined. Fold in yogurt just until combined. Pour into prepared pan and bake until center is set and the sides are just starting to pull away from the pan.
Directions for Crème Fraiche
Whip all ingredients together to medium peak.
Directions for Maple Sea Foam
In a small saucepan combine all ingredients except for the baking soda. Do not stir! Bring to 300°F. Sift baking soda while syrup is heating up. When syrup reaches temperature, take off heat and quickly whisk in baking soda. Immediately pour onto a tray lined with a Silpat. Do not move or touch or look at funny or it will deflate.
Let cool at least 1 hour before breaking into pieces. Store in airtight container for 2-5 days depending on humidity.