Healthy Desserts

VIDEO: Triple Berry Hot Milk Sponge Cake Recipe

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By Henry Ford Health System Staff

Dessert doesn’t have to be totally decadent and extravagant to be enjoyable. Sometimes letting simple ingredients shine — like a mix of seasonal berries and a moist sponge cake — can be all you need.

If you’ve never heard of hot milk cake, it’s a Depression-era dessert that was popular in New England and in the South. We think it’s a retro recipe that deserves a comeback! Heating milk with vanilla and orange zest infuses the cake with flavor and adds moisture but not a lot of unnecessary saturated fat. Its subtle sweetness pairs perfectly with a simple topping like this antioxidant-rich triple berry mixture.

Triple Berry Hot Milk Sponge Cake Recipe

Yield: 9 servings

Ingredients:
Vegetable oil cooking spray
2 large eggs
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup white whole-wheat flour
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup skim milk
2 Tablespoons canola oil
2 teaspoons orange zest
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup apricot preserves
1 cup fresh strawberries, sliced
1 cup fresh blueberries
1 cup fresh blackberries

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a 9-inch round baking pan with cooking spray. In a large bowl, beat eggs for 4 minutes with electric mixer on medium speed. Gradually add sugar and continue beating until light and fluffy, about 4 to 5 minutes. In a separate bowl, combine whole-wheat flour, all-purpose flour, and baking powder. Add flour mixture to egg mixture and mix until just combined.

In a small saucepan, heat milk, oil, and orange zest over medium heat until hot, but not boiling. Remove from heat and add vanilla extract. Gradually add milk mixture to batter, mixing constantly. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake 20 to 25 minutes.

In a saucepan, melt apricot preserves over low heat. Remove from heat and add strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries; toss to coat
berries. To serve, top each piece of cake with about 1/3 cup glazed berries.

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING: 206 Calories; 7 grams Fat; 1 gram Saturated Fat; 42 mg Cholesterol; 67 mg Sodium; 39 grams Carbohydrates; 3 grams Fiber; 4 grams Protein

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