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Microwave Genoise with Crème Anglaise & Espresso Syrup

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  • Difficulty: moderate
  • Video Length: 13:34
  • Course: Entertaining and Advanced WTF?

A genoise is a light, airy cake that makes a great sweet hors d'oeuvre. It bakes in the microwave, which is perfect if you're in a pinch. This is actually a kind of sponge cake, which makes it ideal for topping in imaginative ways. For this recipe, you'll cook the batter in a paper coffee cup inside the microwave for 30-45 seconds. Flip the finished cake out of the cup, top and serve.

Richard Blais (Season 4)

Richard is not only a chef, but also a culinary designer, working all over the east coast. He and his wife reside in Atlanta, Georgia with their two weimaraners and are expecting their first child in the spring. He is known for his innovative and personal take on classical cuisine and has studied under luminaries such as Thomas Keller, Daniel Boulud, and Ferran Adria. Richard believes cooking is an art and a craft and food is meant to stimulate on many levels. He incorporates global ingredients, modern cooking methods, wit and a sense of humor to all his food. He says if he were a food he would be an artichoke. "It's tough, difficult to work with, even dangerous at its core; but when you come down to it, it's simple, beautiful and delicious."