Saturday, May 1, 2010

Cookin' With Leo

Cinnamon, Apple, Angel Food Cake

By Leocthasme

Ok, this is May and May is the month of my birthday, and also Mary’s birthday, so I am going to get fancy here and make a cake. My favorite cake, that is, Angel Food Cake. I remember when I was a kid, my mom always remembered my birthday by making me an Angel Food Cake (always considered me a Little Angel), and that was an experience by itself. Back in those days things were not automatic, no oven automatic controls, no automatic shut off when things were done, no automatic nothin’ nohow. So when mom baked a cake everybody had to stay out of the kitchen, ‘Don’t walk in here the cake will fall.’ ‘Don’t run or jump around in the house, etc, etc, etc. the cake will fall. So the best place to go was somewhere outside and leave mom to her baking and dream of the outcome. So I am going to head for the patio and dream of those days and come up with a great recipe for an Angel Food Cake everybody will like.

Here is what you will need for the cake:

  • 12 egg whites, maybe 13 if they are small eggs
  • 1½ tspns Cream of Tarter
  • ¼ tspn Salt
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1 tspn Vanilla Extract
  • ½ tspn Almond Extract
  • 11/2 cups confectioners’ sugar (powdered sugar)
  • 1 cup cake flour

And this is for the Glaze:

  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • ½ tspn ground Cinnamon
  • 2 tblspns Kahlua
  • 2 tblspns Tequila

Ok, here is how we do it:

In a mixing bowl beat the egg whites, Cream of Tartar, and salt until soft peaks form. Add sugar, about 2 tablespoons at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat until smooth and glossy and stiff peaks form. Add extracts and beat on a low speed, if using mixer. Combine confectioner’s sugar and flour and gently fold into egg mixture. Pour mixture into an ungreased 10 tube pan. Bake on the lowest rack at 375° for 35 to 40 minutes until top is golden brown and cracks feel dry. Immediately invert cake in pan to cool completely. Loosen sides of cake from pan and remove.

For the glaze, melt the butter in a saucepan, stir in confectioner’s sugar and cinnamon. Add the Kahlua and Tequila and mix well Drizzle Glaze over cake.

Enjoy Our Birthday an’ Take Care Now, Ya’ heah!

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