Happy Birthday Moe

It was Moe’s birthday yesterday.
Family Tradition for Moe’s birthday is
a cake/dessert of some sort with Strawberries. 
Doesn’t matter which cake or dessert as long as 
there are strawberries.  
This year I made a cake that I haven’t made in a few years.
Strawberry Genoise.
First time I made this was back in 1984. 
Strawberry Genoise
This cake is from the 1984 Food and Wine Magazine. 
Makes one 10 x 3 inch round layer
1-3/4 cups sifted all-purpose flour
8 eggs, at room temperature
1-1/4 cups sugar
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
1/4 cup clarified butter, tepid
1 cup heavy cream chilled
2 tablespoons confctioners sugar
1 tablespoon framboise, raspberry brandy
1 pint coarsely chopped strawberries
sliced strawberries and fresh mint sprigs for garnish
Raspberry Syrup Recipe
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon framboise (raspberry brandy)
In a small heavy saucepan, combine the sugar with 1/4 cup of
water. Bring to boil over moderate heat, stirring to dissolve the
sugar. Boil for 1 minute. Remove from the heat and let cool for 10
minutes. Stir in the framboise.
Preheat the oven to 350°. Lightly butter a 10 inch springform pan.
Cover the bottom with a round of parchment or waxed paper. Lightly
butter the paper. dust the entire pan with flour; 
tap out any excess.
Sift the flour two more times on a piece of waxed paper
and set aside.
In a large bowl, combine the eggs, sugar and lemon zest. Set over
– not in – a large saucepan filled one-quarter of the way with hot
water. Warm over low heat, whisking occasionally, until the
mixture is smooth and syrupy, with a deep yellow color and feels
warm to the touch, 5 to 8 minutes. Remove from the heat.
In a large mixer bowl, beat the warmed eggs and sugar at high
speed until tripled in volume and holds a ribbon for a full 10
seconds after the beaters are lifed. (This will take 10 to 15
minutes if you are using a kitchenaide type mixer or 15 to 20
minutes with a hand beater.)
Sprinkle half the flour on top of the beaten egg mixture. Using a
balloon whisk, fold in the flour lightly but thoroughly, using
scooping and swirling motions and lifting the whisk out of the
mixture with each folding stroke. Pour the tepid butter on top and
quickly fold it in, using the same motion. Spoon the remaining
flour on top and fold in quickly and delicately, with a minimum
number of strokes; too much folding will deflate the batter. Pour
into the springform pan and tap once on the counter to help spread
the batter evenly.
Bake in the middle of the oven for 40 minutes to 45 minutes, until
the cake is golden brown on top and a cake tester inserted in the
centre comes out clean.
Remove from the oven and tranfer to a wire rack to cool for 5
minutes. Remove the sides of the pan. Invert to remove the bottom;
peel off the waxed paper. Invert again to let the cake cook
right-side up on a wire rack for 2 or 3 hours.
If making ahead, wrap airtight in plastic and store in a cool dry
place for up to three days or freeze.
Hollow out the cake: Using a potlid or tart pan bottom as a guide,
centre a 7 inch circle on top of the genoise and with the tip of a
sharp knife, cut down 1 inch deep into the cake and 
cut around the circle.
Insert the knife in the side of the cake 1 inch down from the top
and swivel it back and forth, keeping the knife horizontal. The
idea is to remove the 7 inch circle of cake from the top, leaving
the sides of the cake intact.
Carefully remove the top of the cake and with the cake cut side
up, trim off enough of the cake to leave an even layer of 1/2 inch
thick. Cut this round into 8 wedges and reserve.
Place the genoise shell on a large serving platter. Carefully
hollow out the inside with a knife, leaving a 1/2 inch layer on
the sides and a 1 inch layer on the bottom.
Cut the insides pieces roughly into 1/2 inch cubes and place them
in a medium bowl. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of the rasperry syrup on
top and toss to moisten.
Brush the insides of the genoise shell with the remaining
Raspberry Syrup, dabbing generously on the sides and lightly on
the bottom. Do not moisten the wedges.
In a large bowl, beat the cream with 1 tablespoon of the
confectioners sugar and the framboise until soft peaks form. Fold
in the chopped strawberries and the moistened cubes of cake.
Spoon this filling into the genoise shell, spreading it into an
even layer. Arrange the wedges of cake decoratively on top, in a
spiral pattern with the points meeting in the middle. For
decoration, slice whole strawberries almost through to stem and
fan out. Place one on the edge under each wedge and a couple in
the middle. Sprinkle with confectioners sugar 
and a some sprigs of mint.

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