So some of the fondest memories I have of my grandmother involve food. Seriously the woman was a phenomenal cook and baker.
One of her dessert's that brings back some of the fondest memories for me is her angel food cake.
It was always tall, light, and covered with a light glaze...YUM!
My grandmother passed almost 4 years ago and it has been at least that long since I had angel food cake and I decided it was time for me to give it a whirl.
I pulled out her recipes and got to work. Now I thought about making this vegan but in researching my options not many people had had any luck with making a veganized version...apparently whipping eggs into a frenzy is something that is hard to replicate.
1 C egg whites
1/2 tsp salt
Whip these together until foamy, then add:
1 tsp cream of tartar
Beat until the egg white sand up in soft peaks, then add:
1/2 tsp almond extract
1 tsp vanilla
In a separate bowl sift 1 1/4 C sugar and 1 C cake flour
Fold your flour and sugar mixture into your egg mixture carefully. Incorporate the flour mix slowly so as not to ruin the egg mixture.
In a tube pan flour the sides and bottom (no butter) and then pour in your batter. Bake at 325 degrees for 50 minutes.
This next step I thought was a little odd, but who am I to question the recipe of a baking genius. Turn the heat off and allow the cake to remain in the over for another 10 minutes.
Then take the cake out and turn it upside down until it is cool.
So I was feeling pretty good about this until I mixed in the flour. I felt pretty certain about half way through that things were not staying as fluffy as they should. However while it was baking it smelled delicious and exactly the way Nana's would have.
Once I got it out of the pan though things were VERY apparent that I had not correctly put my ingredients together. My cake was probably 1/2 the size of hers and not nearly fluffy.
To my credit though the flavor was very good and had a wonderful slight almond taste. I made a glaze and that brought the cake together.
To make it all the more special and to recall memories of years passed I served it on my Nana's china.
So give it a try and maybe try more then once, because apparently angel food cake takes a little work to get right.
I hope you all have a happy Monday!