Sunday, June 11, 2006

Flaming Beehive Enniscorthy

Since someone asked after I posted about old-timey cookbooks and mentioned this recipe, I thought I'd post it. The recipe, Flaming Beehive Enniscorthy, is in the Herb-Cottage Cookbook from the National Cathedral Association. There's a note here that says this recipe is "spectacular!" Wonder if that's before or after they sampled the Irish Mist, sherry, and Irish Whiskey that's used in the recipe? Flaming Beehive Enniscorthy 8" spongecake or Genoese pastry, 1/2" thick 1/4 c Irish Mist 1/4 c sweet sherry 8 egg whites 8 Tbs sugar 1 qt vanilla ice cream 2 egg yolks cream, whipped--1 1/2 c 1/3 c Irish whiskey Place cake on a round wooden board. Prick in several places with a fork. Pour over Irish Mist and sherry. Chill for one hour. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Beat egg whites until stiff. Gradually beat in sugar. Top cake with a mold of ice cream. Beat egg yolks and add to the meringue. Pastry-tube this on, using plain tube, beginning at top of ice cream mold and continuing round and round to base to simulate a "beehive." Be sure ice cream and cake are full covered. Scoop out enough meringue on top for space to hold a half eggshell later. Bake 2-3 minutes or until meringue is pale gold. Garnish the base with marroons in syrup and colorful glaceed fruits. Place a half eggshell in the top space. Fill with warmed Irish whiskey and ignite. Serve flaming, sauced with sweetened vanilla-flavored whipped cream. With some chocolate couverture, pipe out some bees on paper and arrange around beehive after flaming.

5 comments:

JD said...

Thank you for fulfilling my curiosity! That sounds really fantastic.

Kt said...

Doesn't it? I'm wondering how it all fits in the oven, though. I'm thinking it probably won't fit in my smallish oven. Maybe mini beehives?

JD said...

You are right! It would require a gigantic oven to bake this bad boy. All things considered, this seems like such a labor intensive recipe (I admit - I am lazy!) I imagine it being made at the manor house for the delight of the family. Maybe this was made in the big kitchens of big houses with many cooking assistants.

Kt said...

Oh I'm lazy too! But actually, something like this would be a fun challenge for me--kind of like me making rice noodles from scratch last week. It's going to be too humid soon to doing anything meringue-y, but maybe I'll try it in the fall. And, um, where can I get one of those big manor houses with cooking assistants all over??

Susan said...

oh, please try it this fall! I would love to see a photo of it - in all it's blazing glory!