Earthy Delights Recipe

Honey Truffle Sponge Pudding Cake with Wild Berries

Honey Truffle Sponge Pudding Cake with Wild Berries
This old-fashioned pudding cake separates into layers of golden-brown sponge cake atop a creamy, custard-y sauce while it bakes. The amazing perfume of honey truffles adds an exotic note, pairing beautifully with the comforting, warm flavor of eggs, butter and milk. The aroma of the truffles permeates the entire dish as it cooks. A sprinkling of wild berries adds a tart counterpoint to the rich, luscious pudding cake. A paper-thin slice or two of the truffle adds an elegant finishing touch to this traditional, home-style dessert.

Softened unsalted butter for greasing the baking dish
1 cup sugar
4 tablespoon (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
1 teaspoon finely chopped honey truffle
3 eggs, separated
1/4 cup flour
pinch of salt
1 3/4 cups milk
Fresh honey truffle to slice for presentation
Fresh wild berries (we used huckleberries, but any fresh berry will do)



Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter a 1 1/2 quart baking dish.


Combine the sugar, butter and finely chopped truffle in a large mixing bowl. Using an electric mixer, beat until light and fluffy, 3 – 5 minutes. Add the egg yolks, one at a time, beating the mixture well after each one. Mix the flour, salt and milk in thoroughly and set aside.


In a clean bowl, using the whisk attachment of the electric mixer, beat the egg whites until they form stiff peaks, but are not dry. Stir a quarter of the beaten eggs whites into the batter to lighten it up. Thoroughly, but gently, fold in the remaining whites with a spatula. Pour the batter into the buttered baking dish.


Place the baking dish into another larger pan, at least 2 inches wider on all sides. Place into the oven and pour enough hot, but not boiling water into the outer pan to come halfway up the side of the inner pan.


Bake until the top is lightly browned and set, about 45 minutes. Remove from the oven and lift the inner pan out, placing it on a baking rack to cool.


Serve warm, at room temperature or chilled. Garnish with a generous sprinkling of fresh berries and a few shavings of the fresh honey truffles.