Homemade Angel Food Cake Recipe - Laura Vitale - Laura in the Kitchen Episode 371 how to make
Homemade Angel Food Cake Recipe - Laura Vitale - Laura in the Kitchen Episode 371
English English Add subtitles/CC Hi guys! I'm Laura Vitale. On this episodeof 'Laura In The Kitchen' I am going to show you how to make Angle Food Cake. It is absolutelydelicious; it is relatively simple to make. It is really easy, and I am going to showyou exactly how to do it. The first thing you need to do is go over the ingredientsso that we can get started. You are going to need some cake flour, egg whites, regulargranulated sugar, vanilla extract, almond extract, cream of tartar, and salt. Thoseare your ingredients. Angel Food Cake is great; there is no butter in it, there is no oilin it, there is very little flour in it, and it is made with egg whites, so it is kindof 'figure friendly'. There is sugar in it, but you can't win them all, can you?! So,before we get started, let me give you a few pointers on Angel Food Cake, because I doknow that a lot of people that have been e-mailing me requesting the recipe, have been tellingme that they feel intimidated about making Angel Food Cake. There's a few steps, a fewthings that you need to know before you start. The first thing you need to do, of course,get your oven preheated, but that's like always. But, the key things to this is, if you aregoing to make it in a standing mixer, like I am doing it, you want to make sure thatyour bowl, and your whisk is really, really, clean; there's to be no residue of anythingin there, because otherwise, the egg whites will not get that beautiful, glossy color.Second thing is you must use cake flour. It's much, much finer than regular all purposeflour, giving you that light, soft, airy inside, that makes the Angel Food Cake so special.The second thing is that you need to have egg whites, and make sure that when you areseparating your egg whites that no yolks go into your egg whites; otherwise, they arenot going to get nice and stiff peaks, and beautiful like they should. And third thingis you have to have an angel food pan, like so, and it cannot be greased. This is nonstick,you want nonstick, but you do not want to grease it at all. You don't want any greasein this recipe, whatsoever. Okay, now that the oven is preheated, let's get started.The first thing we need to do is sift the flour. Now, you guys already know that I amnot a big fan of sifting, just because it takes time, but this time, you need to sift,and you don't only have to sift once, but you have to sift this three times. You wantto make sure that this is lump-free and by sifting, it gets nice and airy and just delicious,and gives you that perfect, perfect consistency. So all I am going to do is sift this threetimes, going from this bowl, to this bowl, to this bowl. See those little lumps there?You don't want any of those. So now I am going to do exactly the same thing, and sift itto this bowl. Last time to sift. Perfect. Now, I am going to set this aside. Anotherreally key point to this is that your egg whites must be at room temperature. Now, itis much easier to separate your eggs when they are cold, so separate the eggs from thewhites and the yolks, put the yolks into the refrigerator. It makes for a fantastic icecream. You can make custard with it. Don't throw them away. But, keep the egg whitesat room temperature for about a half an hour, and now I am just going to put these intomy mixer, along with the cream of tartar, and the salt. And, the cream of tartar stabilizesthe egg whites, and makes them kind of hold their shape better, so all I am going to dois mix this until it is nice and frothy. Now that my egg whites are nice and frothy, Iam going to start adding in my sugar, one tablespoon at a time. I am going to add inmy vanilla, and my almond extract. And now, I am just going to crank the speed up to high.That's a little too high. And, let those whip up until the egg whites become nice and stiffpeaks, and glossy. That looks exactly how I want it to look, so now I am going to getrid of this, put this in my sink, get my bowl, and now it is time to fold in your cake flour.And, I am going to do this just a third at a time, and just folding it like so. You don'twant to deflate the egg whites; that is why we do this by hand instead of putting it in- instead of doing it with the mixer running. That is good, just folded in the last of myflour. Now I am just going to put this in my ungreased tube pan. Just trying to getthis to be as even as you can manage. Make this as level as possible. That looks fabulous.Now you are going to take a butter knife, and I just do little swirls, and this justkind of gets the air bubbles out if there are any. You don't want air bubbles. So, thatlooks perfect. It looks like a big cloud; I guess that is why they call it Angel FoodCake, right? Now this is going to go into your preheated oven, at 350F, for about fortyto forty-five minutes. You will see that the outside is like, light brown, and crackedon top, and I will show you what to do the minute it comes out of the oven. My AngelFood Cake was in the oven for forty minutes, and it is exactly how it should look. Nowthis is extremely important. This cake has to cool upside down. It just has to, otherwise,it is going to fall on itself, and become very heavy. And, you want to put the pan onsomething that is going to hold it upside down, and I use a heat-proof wine bottle.It works every single time; just make sure there is actually liquid in it that holdsit nice and steady, and this is going to cool like this, for about an hour-and-a-half, oruntil it is fully, fully, fully cooled, and like I said, this step is crucial. It hasto happen. So, I am just going to set this aside, for about an hour-and-a-half, and thenI will show you what it looks like once it is cooled. My Angel Food Cake is completelycooled, so now I can take it off the bottle. Take a knife; I am just going to run it, righton the edge, the center, as well. Now you just lift it out, and I just take my knife,run it right along the bottom. Dun Dun dah!! Put it on a cake plate! Ah, it's so beautiful!Smells fantastic! I just want to stare at it for just a second, because it looks sobeautiful. Now we are going to go right into it, and get a nice slice, but I am going toclean up first. Let's give this a slice. It's so soft. Just cutting it is like - make sureyou cut it with a serrated knife so that you don't damage it. Look at that, oh, that isbeautiful! Ah, take some berries, put that alongside for a good contrast in colors and,of course, taste. I just really want to give this cake a taste. Ah, you can see it is sobeautiful and light. It's delicious! Mmmm, it is the softest, most fluffiest cake youwill ever put in your mouth. It's so so good. It's not heavy, at all, and this recipe istotally fool proof if you just follow this recipe, and follow the key steps I told youabout, you will have perfect Angel Food cake, on your table, any time, whenever you areready, whenever you want it, whenever you have company over, just you want to make yourselfsome Angel Food Cake. You know what I am saying?! You can get this recipe, and others, go towww.laurainthekitchen.com. I am going to continue to eat this, because it is really delicious!Catch you next time. Bye bye!