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Kids in the Kitchen: Angel Food Cake

Today was one of those days. No, not those days. Just a day where I misjudged. A day where I “should’ve known better”. A day where I was reminded that gluten-free baking doesn’t always turn out beautifully in my kitchen. Of course, I realize nobody’s perfect. Everything won’t score a 10 in our kitchen. This is an obvious fact of life. But I felt disappointed nonetheless.

See, Brittany wanted to make angel food cake. We’ve made it before (wow, that was almost exactly a year ago!), and it was delightful. Except now, I’ve exclusively baked gluten-free for months. There is no wheat flour in my kitchen. And yet, I went into my first-time-ever gluten-free angel food cake with nary a worry. I didn’t opt to follow my gluten-filled recipe and simply sub alternative flours. I found another cake recipe, and arbitrarily substituted flours, not giving adequate thought to how the combinations would turn out.

And then WHAM! I was hit by a bummer of a cake. But it was more than that. It was a disappointment for Brittany. Oh, of course, we’ve all shared turns making less-than-stellar dishes in the kitchen. It’s part of experimenting, and it’s part of the cooking process. We all have to learn that lesson. Today, we did. (I just hate when I personally feel it had a lot to do with a few flour substitutions I made.)

We won’t let this experiment get us down, however. Brittany and I have already been talking about what we can change. We’re already talking about what will be wonderful to try next time. The reasons for our tenacity are many: Brittany wants to make a cake she can be proud of. (Well, so do I.) For me, I also want to achieve that goal I set for myself with any gluten-free dish: to provide a dish that is every bit as good (or better!) as a “gluten-y” recipe, sans gluten. But most importantly, I want to teach our children to cook in the kitchen. Sometimes, the two goals cannot be achieved in a single task, but we’ll keep on trying to reach both!

So, I will share the recipe with you, in case anyone happens to have opinions/suggestions on the subject. And to make things perfectly clear; I don’t hold the recipe creator accountable for the failure on our cake! (that had more to do with my errors and substitutions – besides, Gluten Free Mommy is awesome!) I do know one thing. Next time? No amaranth flour. (as my husband remarked, it makes the cake taste kind of like a dish towel!) But I would still like to work to make it fluffier and lighter, as it was rather dense. Still trying to work on how to accomplish that. Maybe I’ll revisit my old recipe, we’ll just have to see!

Gluten-Free Angel Food Cake, adapted from Gluten-Free Mommy

1 1/2 c granulated sugar

1/4 c sweet rice flour

1/4 c tapioca starch

1/4 c coconut flour

1/4 c amaranth flour

1 t xanthan gum

12 egg whites, room temperature

1 1/2 t cream of tartar

1/4 t salt

1 T vanilla extract

1/2 t almond extract

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Place the sugar in a food processor fitted with a metal blade and turn on. You will process the sugar until it becomes fine, nearly like powdered sugar. Separate egg whites in a stainless steel bowl and let them come to room temperature. In a separate medium bowl, sift gluten free flours, salt, xanthan gum, and 3/4 cup of of the sugar. Beat the egg whites until foamy. Add the cream of tartar. Beat until the egg whites form soft peaks. Beat in the other reserved 3/4 cup of sugar about 3 tablespoons at a time. Beat until stiff peaks form. Slowly fold in flour mixture about 1/4 cup at a time. Once the flour mixture is combined, fold in the vanilla and almond extract. Slowly pour the batter into a tube pan (preferably one where the inside lifts out) and spread the batter evenly. Run a knife through the cake to eliminate any air bubbles. Bake for 50-55 minutes until top is golden and sides begin to pull away. Cool for 10 minutes. Run the edges of a knife along the pan and pull out the insert to the tube pan. Run a knife along the bottom of the insert and invert onto a cake plate. Serve with topping of choice!

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Angel Food Cake

food-1012The other day, when I visited Jacob’s Reward Farm to pick up my order of fresh eggs, Cindy proposed an idea to me. What if we got together and created an egg recipe collection to share with the egg customers? My first thought was “Wow, that sounds cool!” and then, immediately, my second thought was “Egg recipes? I don’t have hardly any egg recipes. Uh oh…” I mean, I eat eggs, I love them! But I don’t have any recipes, I pretty much just throw stuff together in the morning, bleary-eyed and clutching my cup of coffee. I have a few variations on the “eggs for breakfast” theme, but it’s so routine to me that in my mind, they aren’t recipes. So, needless to say, as excited and flattered as I was (Cindy asked me to help with a recipe book!!! How exciting is that?), I was a bit nervous as to what to do!

But as I got to brainstorming, I realized that first of all, sometimes those recipes that I just “throw together” are those that might benefit everyone the most! And second of all, I was being too narrow-minded. I use eggs in non-breakfast recipes! Duh…I just wasn’t thinking. The first “recipe” that came to my mind, once the gears started turning, was angel food cake.

When I was little, I didn’t like cake all that much. I know what you’re thinking…a child that doesn’t like cake? What is wrong with that child!?!? But boy, I loved angel food cake. For my birthday every year, my mother would bake me an angel food cake. Sometimes plain, sometimes with a lemony glaze, and sometimes with marschino cherries throughout the cake itself. Simple, not too sweet, and melt-in-your-mouth delicious. And it’s almost like it’s not bad for you…as far as cakes go, this one is relatively low-calorie and low in fat. Not health food, exactly, but it’s enough for me to justify eating a big, fat piece!

So here you go, a sneak peek into the Jacob’s Reward Farm egg recipe collection (that is not the official name, by the way…we haven’t gotten that far!). This recipe is based off of my mother’s angel food cake recipe and one I found from Alton Brown. It is best with fresh eggs, as they will separate easier. Save the egg yolks for another dish…they should keep for a day or two in the fridge. I’ve heard you can also freeze them, although I have not tried.

1 3/4 c sugar (I used turbinado sugar, as it was all I had in the house)

1/4 t salt

1 c cake flour, sifted

12 egg whites, room temperature

1/3 c warm water

1 t almond extract

1 1/2 t cream of tartar

 

 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

 

In a food processor, spin sugar about 2 minutes until it is superfine. Sift half of the sugar with the salt and the cake flour, setting the remaining sugar aside.

 

In a large bowl, use a balloon whisk to thoroughly combine egg whites, water, almond extract, and cream of tartar. After 2 minutes, switch to a hand mixer. Slowly sift the reserved sugar, beating continuously at medium speed. Once you have achieved peaks that are stiff, but not dry, sift enough of the flour mixture in to dust the top of the foam. Use a spatula fold in gently. Repeat this process until all of the flour mixture is incorporated.

 

Carefully spoon mixture into an ungreased tube pan. Bake for 30 minutes before checking for doneness with a wooden skewer. (When inserted halfway between the inner and outer wall, the skewer should come out dry).

 

Cool upside down on cooling rack for at least an hour before removing from pan.

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