It is no doubt that angel food cake holds higher powers.
Its light fluffy texture is unmatched – as far as cake goes, you can feel pretty good about indulging in a slice or two.
This beauty has no fat (though I personally make up for this loss with mounds of whipped cream).
Most importantly, however, angel food cake is an excellent way of getting rid of eggs.
This is where my journey began.
Now keep in mind the recipe is relatively easy – but as the title suggests the devil is in the detail.
You’ll need the follow –
- 1 and 3/4 cup sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup of cake flour (all purpose works fine also)
- 12 egg whites
- 1/3 cup warm water
- 1 teaspoon extract of your choice (I used lemon)
- 1 and 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar (this stuff helps give structure to your egg whites)
Now first thing first – pre-heat your oven to 350 F or 176 C
In a bowl mix the salt, flour and half of the sugar.
In a mixing bowl (you can also use a hand held electric whisk as well) mix the 12 egg whites (be sure to not let a drop of egg yoke make its way in or you’ll be damned) with the water, cream of tartar and extract of your choice.
After about two minutes of this you can slowly (very slowly) begin to mix in the remaining sugar – teaspoons at a time till it is all gone.
Keep on whisking till your foam starts to give beautiful white peaks like this.
At this point – it’s all handy work.
Taking scoops from the bowl of dry ingredients we mixed at the beginning lightly sprinkle it over the top of your foam.
Gently fold the cream over the mixture.
Keep doing this till the mixture is gone.
Remember do not stir it in – only fold, or you creation is damned.
The final step is use your spatula to spoon it into your baking dish – don’t pour it – or it may crush itself – and again you’d be damned.
Now traditionally you should use a tube pan (this give the best support as their is no middle).
However I was unable to find one and opted for the smallest bread pan I had (any larger and the middle will fall in on itself).
Pop your delicate angel into the oven for 35 minutes – test with a wooden skewer to see if it is done – if it comes out clean it’s ready.
And there you have it, heaven sent.
Top with some fresh whipped cream and berries of your choice.
You are now free to indulge in your perfectly created 2nd deadly sin.