ffwD: Visitandine


It has been a roller coaster week for me, both professionally and personally, but I’m hoping to find some semblance of normalcy soon. Getting back into the swing of French Fridays with Dorie has helped. However, I was a bit puzzled when I read this week’s assignment, visitandine, because I found two handwritten notes in my cookbook indicating “can be a bit dry” and “worth it despite the folding”. Seeing as I cannot recall ever making this cake before, I can only assume that I meant to write those comments on the quartre-quarts recipe, which happens to be on the page before the visitandine recipe.

Setting aside the comments, this cake was very good. Somewhat chewy, which I like, and not dry. However, that could’ve been helped by the whipped cream and fresh strawberries. Oh, and I really liked the flavor of the browned butter in the cake, so that step is definitely worth doing again. Overall, a great cake!

This visitandine was made for French Fridays with Dorie, a group of bloggers who are cooking their way through Dorie Greenspan’s Around My French Table: More Than 300 Recipes from My Home to Yours.

64 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Cher
    Apr 04, 2014 @ 10:25:07

    Looks delicious.
    Hope things calm down for you soon!

  2. apuginthekitchen
    Apr 04, 2014 @ 10:48:35

    I had never heard of this before and googled it, it’s sort of a genoise but using only egg white. It looks great and the strawberries and whipped cream are beautiful on the cake.

  3. Deepti
    Apr 04, 2014 @ 11:18:41

    It’s looks really great! Browned butter flavor adds a great twist in baking and love it…

  4. markd60
    Apr 04, 2014 @ 11:20:41

    I’d like a big ‘ol sandwich like that for lunch!

  5. Geni - Sweet and Crumby
    Apr 04, 2014 @ 12:44:04

    Ooooohhh! This shouts Spring! 🙂 I hope everything is OK with you and I am glad that things are getting back to normal. Take care YC.

  6. Lucy
    Apr 04, 2014 @ 12:57:47

    This looks delicious!!


  7. Mardi (eat. live. travel. write.)
    Apr 04, 2014 @ 13:55:37

    Looks great! Hope life calms down soon for you!

  8. tinywhitecottage
    Apr 04, 2014 @ 14:53:04

    Very interesting! Looks wonderful.

  9. Andi
    Apr 04, 2014 @ 15:00:23

    It’s beautiful.

  10. I Wilkerson
    Apr 04, 2014 @ 15:04:45

    Happy it worked out. You don’t need a cake mystery when you are busy!

  11. ashley
    Apr 04, 2014 @ 15:24:17

    I hope life slows down for you a little bit!! I know how that is. This dish looks gorgeous!

  12. Tanusree
    Apr 04, 2014 @ 17:20:02

    Your cake looks pretty ! Hope life calms down soon.

  13. betsy
    Apr 04, 2014 @ 17:24:54

    Or maybe it’s a time warp. Your future self made the notes for when it was time for your current self to bake visitandine? Looks great as strawberry shortcake!

  14. thatskinnychickcanbake
    Apr 04, 2014 @ 17:54:40

    I’m making a brown butter version next! Yours looks wonderful. Hope things calm down for you, my friend.

  15. bakeawaywithme.com
    Apr 04, 2014 @ 20:38:26

    I wished I had used browned butter for this, but it was great without it…next time! Yours looks absolutely lovely! Have a good weekend!

  16. Emily
    Apr 04, 2014 @ 22:59:51

    Yes, that browned butter was good! and welcome back to cooking with us!

  17. hotlyspiced
    Apr 05, 2014 @ 00:02:32

    I hope the week ahead is much better for you. I love the look of this cake and your presentation is gorgeous with the oozing cream and all the strawberries xx

  18. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef
    Apr 05, 2014 @ 02:16:31

    Sorry you had a tough week but I bet this lovely cake helped get over it!

  19. oneexpatslife
    Apr 05, 2014 @ 08:51:24

    Hope things get back to normal soon. Whatever “normal” means anymore. And my cake was a bit dry the second day. But still good with cream and strawberries.

  20. Choc Chip Uru
    Apr 05, 2014 @ 15:39:39

    I hope this cake makes your week back to normal, if not back to awesome like you deserve 😀
    Hope you are doing well!

    Choc Chip Uru

  21. trevorsisboom
    Apr 05, 2014 @ 22:19:09

    Without the toppings this is more cookie than ‘cake’, I think. Cake does always help things, right?

  22. Anita Menon
    Apr 06, 2014 @ 01:19:29

    Never heard of this cake before . Looks like a Victoria sponge. Luscious

  23. Edible Celebrations (@lavesta)
    Apr 06, 2014 @ 07:42:24

    Looks delicious, Yummy! I can’t wait until strawberry season. Sure hope you have a better week this week, Good Luck! And thanks for sharing…

  24. dulceshome
    Apr 06, 2014 @ 15:43:41

    Your cake looks beautiful. I did really like it, and plan on making it again. Isn’t it nice to have FFWD to help provide a little equilibrium (even if it also adds a little pressure – I’ve had more than a few lapses)?

  25. Maria Zioga
    Apr 06, 2014 @ 17:17:09

    I hope this wonderful cake made you feel a little better! And I agree everything tastes better with brown butter!

  26. Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen
    Apr 06, 2014 @ 21:17:56

    I’m always glad to have written notes to my future self on recipes. This one looks like a keeper.. you’d better make note of that:) How pretty it is!!

  27. Renee Iseson
    Apr 06, 2014 @ 22:53:52

    Hope this week is better for you! This was a tasty cake and yours looks great!

  28. Three Well Beings
    Apr 06, 2014 @ 22:58:41

    I’ve never heard of Visitandine before. The cake looks delicious, and the strawberries and whipped cream really does call my name! I hope your professional and personal life–both–return to a balance that feels more at home for you. Soon!

  29. Tandy | Lavender and Lime
    Apr 07, 2014 @ 02:16:38

    I must try using brown butter for my baking 🙂

  30. Adriana @ GreatFood360°
    Apr 07, 2014 @ 05:14:34

    The browned butter was delicious! I hope everything falls into place for you soon.

  31. TrafficDiva
    Apr 07, 2014 @ 05:30:42

    Here’s to Good Life, and Good Food and most of all….LOVE! =}

  32. Mary Frances
    Apr 07, 2014 @ 12:28:54

    Browned butter has fabulous flavor, it must have made this cake really delicious.

  33. Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl
    Apr 07, 2014 @ 14:17:06

    What a treat, looks oh so delicious!

  34. Daniela
    Apr 07, 2014 @ 15:34:18

    I’m so longing for a dessert with fresh strawberries like this. Here they are still in season but only for a few weeks longer

  35. Raymund
    Apr 07, 2014 @ 21:25:09

    Chewy and moist is the key to a good cake, thats really nice

  36. Mary Hirsch
    Apr 07, 2014 @ 23:21:07

    I liked this also. Sorry for the stressful days but am glad you’re cooking and baking with us.

  37. Culinary Flavors
    Apr 08, 2014 @ 04:11:02

    Perfectly made!

  38. Gloria
    Apr 08, 2014 @ 04:34:56

    I love strawberries!!!!!

  39. Monica
    Apr 08, 2014 @ 09:16:49

    So interesting; I’ve never heard of visitandine before. It looks beautiful.

  40. Kristi @ My San Francisco Kitchen
    Apr 08, 2014 @ 12:14:03

    Hope things settle down for you soon 🙂 I have not heard of this recipe before either, but it looks really good!

  41. Tracy
    Apr 08, 2014 @ 12:59:58

    I hope everything calms down for you soon. This looks yummy.

  42. Jessica Maher (@kbelleicious)
    Apr 08, 2014 @ 15:28:48

    it looks amazing! Hope everything gets better for you!

  43. Joyti
    Apr 08, 2014 @ 19:07:50

    The cake looks amazing. Looks like it turned out well.

    Hope things settle down and get back to normal for you really soon.

  44. Geraldine Saucier
    Apr 08, 2014 @ 19:45:26

    This looks delicious:)

  45. cquek
    Apr 08, 2014 @ 20:55:59

    I love to have a bite of that

  46. Balvinder
    Apr 08, 2014 @ 22:07:56


  47. Cakelaw
    Apr 09, 2014 @ 06:23:02

    Your cake looks wonderful with its strawberries and cream filling. I did not do the browned butter but loved it anyway.

  48. kitchen therapy
    Apr 09, 2014 @ 07:27:41

    Your cake looks picture perfect 🙂

  49. The Zen Kat
    Apr 09, 2014 @ 09:18:55

    It’s been too long since I’ve checked out you’re blog, but I still see so much deliciousness 🙂

  50. Georgia | The Comfort of Cooking
    Apr 09, 2014 @ 10:06:54

    This is such a gorgeous springtime-inspired treat. Anything with berries, cream and a little (or a lot of) cake is right up my alley. Hoping life is able to calm down for you soon. Hugs!

  51. Dana @ Simply Romanesco
    Apr 09, 2014 @ 16:30:40

    This cake is so beautiful, bright and delicious! Just lovely 🙂

  52. Norma Chang
    Apr 09, 2014 @ 17:45:32

    Hope you are having a better week, your cake is cheerful and I am sure delicious..

  53. Juliana
    Apr 09, 2014 @ 19:30:14

    This look amazing…love the layers and the fresh strawberry…
    Sorry to hear about last week…I hope you are having a better week…

  54. Emma (Fluff and Fripperies)
    Apr 10, 2014 @ 07:34:50

    Hope life settles down for you soon – that cake looks like it would definitely help!

  55. Karen
    Apr 10, 2014 @ 11:35:22

    That is a good looking slice of cake and the strawberries look like they were perfectly ripe.

  56. Carolyn Jung
    Apr 10, 2014 @ 18:31:57

    Whipped cream never hurt anything. LOL

  57. Bunny Eats Design
    Apr 10, 2014 @ 19:54:33

    Looks lovely and light! I always make notes on recipes I try. Which is why I usually print out recipes rather than read them straight from my iPad.

  58. The Foodie Affair
    Apr 10, 2014 @ 21:46:04

    It sure looks delicious! Sending happy thoughts for a better week!

  59. amanda chic
    Apr 11, 2014 @ 04:00:41

    love it
    Twitter: @Amandachic_ instagram: @Amanda_Chic

    A chic kiss 😉

  60. Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic
    Apr 11, 2014 @ 17:11:32

    It looks like a strawberry shortcake (aka delicious!)

  61. Sammie
    Apr 11, 2014 @ 21:26:10

    Looks like a really awesome cake!

  62. kitchen flavours
    Apr 12, 2014 @ 11:49:55

    Your cake looks delicious! Especially withe the gorgeous strawberries!

  63. Bam's Kitchen
    Apr 12, 2014 @ 18:41:12

    Those hand written notes are very important on all my recipes. I love the whipped topping piled high to finish off this beautiful dessert.

  64. jora
    Apr 14, 2014 @ 13:33:27

    Very pretty. I’m so glad it’s finally strawberry season.

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