It’s Independence Day! Time to make Red, White and Blue Dessert – Angel Food Cake!
In the summer months, when I have an over abundance of eggs from our free-range hens, I love to make Angel Food Cake. Out comes my kitchen bible – my mother’s Better Homes & Garden cookbook, circa 1950’s – with it’s binding duct-taped together and it’s grease-stained pages. Mom’s hand written “Yes” and “Kids don’t like” notes are written in the margins, it is my treasure. And of course being from the 50’s, there is no mention of any recipe being Fat-Free or Zero Cholesterol! It truly is a real-food-cookbook!!
I will admit that I was intimidated the first time I made this. I remembered watching my mother make it once and to me, it seemed daunting. But it’s not nearly as complicated as it sounds.
Here is what I’ve learned about making Angel Food Cake through practice.
- Use room temperature eggs and the fresher the better. The whites seem to whip up better.
- Make sure you don’t get any yolk in the whites while separating. Again, the whites whip up better that way.
- Measure out the dry ingredients before hand, have them handy at mixer.
- You can use a sifter, but I find it easier to use a wire whisk to sift the cake flour and confectioners sugar. Put the mixture into a shallow bowl and move the whisk through, side to side. Not too quickly though or you’ll send flour everywhere!
- The egg whites should be glossy after being whipped. If they are dull, you’ve whipped them too long.
- When folding, pull the spatula through the middle of the bowl and then scrape around to the outside, turning the bowl as you work. This way you fold and scrape the entire bowl all at the same time.
- Use a long neck bottle to invert the pan on as the cake cools; better air circulation that on a cooling rack.
- Angel Food Cake needs to cool upside down so it doesn’t collapse (learned that lesson the hard way).
While the cake bakes, I prepare and wash the berries. Another reason this is a July 4th favorite is because the strawberries and blueberries are in season! Nothing better than fresh fruit from the market!
After washing, I put them in a bowl and I do add some sugar to bring out their natural juices. You can add as much sugar as you like or none at all. It is entirely up to you.
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