Angel Food Cake with Fresh From the Farm Berries

Since I’ve been working out a lot more lately and still have a super huge sweet tooth, I’ve been on the hunt for “healthier” baking ideas. I’ve been slowly losing my taste testers too, since they don’t want to pack on the calories every time I bake! I asked around to some avid bakers for suggestions, and good friend of mine recommended Angel food cake. Since there is no butter, milk or egg yolk, it looked like something that I should definitely try; the ingredient list seemed healthy enough. And to be frank, I’ve don’t think I’ve ever had Angel food cake before. So this was just a whole new discovery all together.

Serving Size: 8
Cook Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients:

1 3/4 cups sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup cake flour, sifted
12 egg whites (at room temperature)
1/3 cup warm water
1 tsp almond extract
1 1/2 tsp cream of tartar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a food processor spin sugar about 2 minutes until it is superfine. Divide the sugar into 2 equal halves. Sift first half of the sugar with the salt and cake flour.  Set the remaining half 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 an electric mixer. Slowly sift the reserved sugar into the egg  mix, 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 the flour mixture in gently. Continue until all of the flour mixture is incorporated.

Carefully spoon the mixture into an ungreased bundt pan. Bake for 45 minutes before checking for doneness with a wooden toothpick.

Cool cake on cooling rack for at least an hour before flipping the the cake over and removing from pan.

While the cake was cooling, I mixed strawberries and blackberries in a large bowl with some cane sugar and mixed well. I allowed the fruit and sugar mix to macerate for about an hour as the cake was cooling— which means that the sugar will soften the berries and help release their juices.

I had a generous slice of the Angel food cake with the berry mix for a delicious dessert treat.

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