7. Angel Food Cake
No list of healthy desserts would be complete without a fantastic recipe for Angel Food cake.
My man Alton Brown is responsible for this one, and it is light, fluffy, and so tasty!
Angel Food cake works so well with so many other things as well, from puddings or yogurts to fresh fruits and homemade (and thus healthier) whipped cream, you can make any number of really stunning desserts with this recipe.
1 3/4 cups sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup cake flour, sifted
12 egg whites (the closer to room temperature the better)
1/3 cup warm water
1 teaspoon orange extract, or extract of your choice
1 1/2 teaspoons cream of tartar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a food processor spin sugar about 2 minutes until it is superfine.
Sift half of the sugar with the salt the cake flour, setting the remaining sugar aside.
In a large bowl, use a balloon whisk to thoroughly combine egg whites, water, orange 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 medium peaks, sift enough of the flour mixture in to dust the top of the foam.
Using a spatula fold in gently.
Continue until all of the flour mixture is incorporated.
Carefully spoon mixture into an ungreased tube pan.
Bake for 35 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.
Cook's Note: Since they're easier to separate use the freshest eggs you can get.
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