It's strawberry time and there are strawberries in the herb garden at Linderhof . . .
To be picked easy in the morning and eaten soon after for breakfast.
But there are more strawberries on the prairie and we went to a strawberry farm and got a "flat" of them!
With the glut of strawberries on Monday, we made --
|The angel cake in mother's cake holder|
A homemade from scratch angel food cake. Angel cake goes so well with strawberries. It's perfect to soak up the strawberry juices -- the juices made by letting the strawberries sit on the counter sprinkled with sugar --
I've never made a "from scratch" angel cake although my mother always did -- the mixes were too easy to use . . . but a conversation with Friend Cynthia made me wanted to try one. And I do remember as a child sitting in the kitchen watching mother mix the cake.
But it does use 12 egg whites which means that you have 12 egg yolks . . . so what do you do with them?
You do what my mother did and the day after you make an
eggy sponge cake.
Both cakes are good served in a deep bowl, with the strawberries and their syrup and topped with whipped cream and another berry. It is heaven -- strawberries and cake for that short time that fresh local strawberries are available.
It is Mother's Day weekend . . .
And as a homage to my mother, I baked both cakes in her angel food cake pan. A pan that is far older than I! I've used it a lot since I got it (it was part of my inheritance) but always pound cakes, coffee cakes -- that sort of thing -- never an angel cake -- until this week!
And the cakes -- both of them -- were kept in mother's cake holder -- as a child any and all cakes were always stored in that cake holder -- the Jewel Tea cake plate stays in the holder in the cupboard for it always was!
Both cakes are simple and I was surprised at how easy (and good) the angel cake was and the sponge is a great cake as well -- it was also a great tea cake (when I had tea in the garden!) But then I like simple cakes.
Growing up, as spring follows winter and day follows night, so does the sponge follow angel food. It's the way it is supposed to be!
MOTHER'S ANGEL CAKE
2 cups sugar
1 1/3 c. cake flour
1 1/2 cups egg whites at room temperature
3/4 t. salt
1 1/2 t. cream of tartar
1 t. vanilla
Preheat oven to 350
Combine 1/2 cup of the sugar with the flour and sift them together 4 times. Set aside.
Place the egg whites, salt and cream of tartar in mixer bowl and beat with whisk attachment about 1 minute. (until soft peaks form) Add the remaining 1 1/2 cups of sugar by sprinkling it over the egg whites. Beat on high speed for a few minutes until thick and shinny. Add the vanilla and continue to whisk until very thick, about 1 more minute. Sift 1/4 of the flour mixture over the egg whites and fold it very carefully into the batter with a rubber spatula. Continue adding the flour in 3 equal additions, sifting and folding until it's all incorporated.
Pour the batter into an ungreased 10 inch tube pan, smooth the top, and bake it for 35 to 45 minutes, until it springs back to the touch. Remove the cake from the oven and invert the pan on a cooling rack. When cool, run a knife around the cake to remove it from the pan.
12 egg yolks
2 c. sugar
1 c. boiling water
1/2 t. salt
4 t. baking powder
1 t. lemon flavoring
grated rind of 1 orange
1 t. orange juice
3 c. cake flour
Beat egg yolks until light with mixer (about 5 minutes) Add sugar gradually, then hot water, beating well. Add flour, sifted with baking powder and salt and beat thoroughly. Add flavoring, grated orange rind and orange juice. Pour into an angel food cake pan and smooth top. Bake at 350 for about 1 hour.
It's Friday -- and I'm sharing my Silver (Angel Food) and Gold (Sponge) with Michael at Designs by Gollum for Foodie Friday.