The Julia

In addition to the dozen scones, I've spent the morning concocting this gorgeous cake. Butter, sugar, eggs, chocolate, almonds and rum are really all there is to it, and boy is it divine. It's basically flourless, and after creaming the butter and sugar and then incorporating the pulverized almonds you've just made, you alternate in the chocolate which you've melted gently with rum and the egg whites you've whipped until stiff. Every bite makes you pause; it's rich and decadent, yet manages to feel light. Truly a marvel what with its ingredients. Several years ago, when they were here for Christmas, my parents and sister gave me Mastering the Art of French Cooking. This was the first or second recipe I made from it, and I've never looked back. Julia's Reine de Saba! C'est magnifique!