Last winter I visited Stone Barns Farm outside of NYC, where sustainable farming meets world-class cooking. Chefs and farmers work hand-in-hand to grow and to prepare the most delectable food, with a menu dictated by what’s in season.
It was February, and they had just harvested their parsnips. On the menu were several soups and dishes using this nutty-flavored root vegetable. But the item that caught my attention was Parsnip Cake. I had to have it, and I was not disappointed.
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First You Have to Grow the Parsnips
Since then I have been obsessed with re-creating this masterpiece. This has taken the better part of a year because store bought parsnips would not do. No, this cake was to be made with homegrown parsnips.
My parsnip seeds were direct sown 1/2” deep and 1” apart in the early spring into my lasagna garden. They were slow in germinating, and I kept the soil moist as I waited. When they emerged, I thinned them to about 3” apart and kept them weed free.
The parsnips received little of my attention throughout the summer, except checking the moisture of the soil and admiring the large parsley-like leaves.
As the fall approached and the weather cooled, my anticipation mounted. I wanted frost-free weather so that my tomatoes could continue to ripen, and I wanted frost so that my parsnips would begin to sweeten.
I knew the flavor of the parsnips would not be fully developed until we had several weeks of at least occasional freezing weather.
And Finally, Parsnip Cake
And finally, time for harvest had arrived and time to experiment with recipes. This parsnip cake had to be as good as the one at Stone Barn Farms. I am more than pleased with the result, and my family concurs. (And my frosting is even better, if I do say so myself).
It has been worth the wait! I hope you enjoy it as well.
Let me know what you think when you try my Parsnip Cake with Orange Whipped Cream.
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