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Light and Fluffy Angel Food Cake – Simply Heavenly

Need a light, homemade dessert?  Whip together this delicious, fluffy angel food cake – it is truly heavenly!  You only need six ingredients, which you probably already have on hand.

6 common ingredients

6 common ingredients

  • 1 cup Swans cake flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 12 large egg whites, brought to room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Fresh berries – raspberries, blueberries or blackberries (optional)

Preheat oven 350 degrees.  Sift together flour and salt into a small bowl.  In a separate bowl, beat egg whites on medium-high until whites have a foamy consistency.  Add the cream of tartar and continue beating until you have soft peaks.  Then, while mixer is still running, add sugar and continue beating until you have stiff peaks.  Finally add vanilla and beat until just combined.  Transfer this mixture to a large bowl, carefully.

Using a large sifter or fine wire sieve, sprinkle 1/4 of the flour mixture gently over the egg whites.  Very gently fold the flour into the egg whites.  Repeat this 3 more times.  Make sure when you fold the flour into the egg whites you cut through the middle and gently scrap the sides.  Watch our YouTube video to see how it’s done: and

Very gently, pour the batter into an angel food pan.  Using an icing knife, gently smooth the top of the batter.

Spread Gently

Spread Gently

Bake for about 40 minutes until the top is golden and center springs back when touched.

Golden Brown

Golden Brown

Once you remove cake from oven, invert pan onto its “legs.”  Let pan cool on its legs for one hour.

Angel  Food Cake on "legs"

Angel Food Cake on “legs”

Once cooled, gently run a sharp knife around the edges of the pan and lift cake out by the center tube.  Next run a knife along the bottom of the pan, remove from pan and place on a pretty platter.  Serve the cake with fresh berries.  This will serve 10 people.  Keep leftovers wrapped and will last about five days.  This also freezes well.

LIght and Fluffy Angel Food Cake - Heavenly!

LIght and Fluffy Angel Food Cake – Simply Heavenly!

A Thanksgiving Pie Making Party!

Pie Makers Mary Jo, Julie, Jane, Vicki, Mary-Ellen and Andrea

Pie Makers Mary Jo, Julie, Jane, Vicki, Mary-Ellen and Andrea

What an absolute blast we had making pies today.  In 3 1/2 hours (including a delicious lunch break), the six of us made nine pies!  We took lots of pictures and even a video which we will post next week along with our pie recipes.   You too can make a party out of this labor of love and here’s how:

Hosting a “Pie Party

  • Figure out which pies you want to make
  • Invite several friends over who like to cook – have them bring their favorite pie plates and apron!
  • As each guest responds, ask them which pie(s) they want to make
  • Purchase ingredients for all pies being made (divide grocery bill among  your guests)
  • Clear off as much of your kitchen counter space as possible
  • Set up the kitchen in stations, i.e., apple peeling/slicing station, crust prep, spice area, etc.
  • Have table space available for pie assembly

Serve your guests a simple lunch, i.e., chicken tortilla soup.  You can find the recipe under the “entrée” category on our blog’s home page.  Have fun!

P.S. With six women on kitchen clean up, the mess was gone in no time.

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