Perfect One-Dish Dinners is Pam Anderson’s latest cookbook, and it is quickly becoming one of my go-to cookbooks for entertaining. I first met Pam at the Big Summer Potluck, where I was absolutely thrilled to hear her sessions on writing recipes – after all, who better to glean tips and advice from than a former executive editor of Cook’s Illustrated magazine, food writer, and author of five cookbooks? She also blogs with her daughters Maggy and Sharon at Three Many Cooks, a blog that I absolutely adore!
The purpose of Perfect One-Dish Dinners is to equip you with an arsenal of recipes for one impressive dish, which allows you to have more time for family and friends rather than hanging out in the kitchen all night cooking. However, each dish also has an appetizer, salad, dessert, and wine pairing as well, so that if you do have a little extra time, you can easily throw together one of the accompanying dishes to round out the meal.
This week, I prepared my current favorite dish from the book for hubby and I for dinner – Coq au Vin Blanc. I’ve made it a few times now (in fact, I was so confident with this easy-to-follow recipe that the first time I made it was for company), and it’s one of our new favorite meals. For dessert, I decided to try out the recipe for Nanny’s Victoria Sponge cake. I did halve the recipe since there were only two of us eating dinner (however, I have included the full recipe below), and I filled my cake with apple butter rather than raspberry jam. It was lovely, light and buttery, and the perfect end to our meal!
- 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
- 1 cup sugar
- 3 large eggs
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup seedless raspberry jam
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease two 8″ round cake pans. Cream together the butter and sugar.
Whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Alternately add the eggs and flour mixture to the butter mixture in thirds, beating until each is incorporating. Beat in 1 Tbsp warm water and the vanilla.
Divide the batter between the prepared pans. Bake until golden brown, about 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and let stand for a few minutes before turning out on to a wire rack to cool completely.
Spread the top of one of the cakes with the jam. Top with the other cake. Slice and serve.
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Full Disclosure: I received a copy of Perfect One-Dish Dinners as a gift for attending the Big Summer Potluck. I only review those products that I have personally used in my kitchen. I was not compensated for this review with products, gifts, gift cards, or money, and the opinions expressed here are all my own.