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Angel Food Cake

Updated February 23, 2016
This image courtesy of Tom Eckerle

Serve with Lemon Cream and strawberries.  The tart lemon sauce and the berries cut the sweetness and complement this all-American dessert.

Serves8 to 10

Cooking Methodbaking

CostModerate

Moderate

Total Timeunder 2 hours

OccasionBuffet, Casual Dinner Party

Recipe Coursedessert

Dietary Considerationhealthy, low-fat, peanut free, soy free, tree nut free

Equipmentelectric mixer

Five Ingredients or LessYes

Mealdinner

Taste and Texturelight, sweet

Type of Dishcake

Ingredients

  • 1 1/3 cups sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 11 egg whites, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 10-inch tube pan, ungreased
  • Electric mixer

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Sift the sugar 3 times into a mixing bowl. In a separate mixing bowl, sift the flour 5 times. Mix 1/3 cup of the sugar with the flour.

  2. With an electric mixer, beat the egg whites until foamy. Add the cream of tartar and salt and continue beating. As the whites begin to stiffen, gradually add the remaining sugar and continue whipping until the whites form stiff glassy peaks. Add the vanilla and beat for 1 to 2 seconds. With a rubber spatula, gently fold in the flour, ¼ cup at a time.

  3. Pour the cake batter into the pan and bake for 40 minutes.

  4. Invert the pan on a rack to cool, leaving at least 1 inch air space between the rack and the table. (You might want to “hang” the pan over the neck of a tall bottle to accomplish this.)

  5. When completely cooled, pull the sides away from the pan with a fork and unmold the cake.

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