October 10th is National Angel Food Cake Day. We have a bunch of angel food cake recipes below, and a new one from Cambria Style that debuts today. It’s a special treatment, using a sweet-and-salty profile achieved with preserved lemons in the lemon curd.
If you don’t have access to, or don’t want, the preserved lemon flavor, simply substitute fresh lemon juice. You can also purchase lemon curd.
An angel food cake typically calls for 12 egg whites. What to do with the yolks?
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This recipe was adapted from the New York Times by Cambria Style.
The curd is combined with some whipped cream and used to frost and fill the lemon-flavored angel food cake. It’s bright, rich and light all at once.
For The Cake
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
For the Curd
1. MAKE the cake. Preheat the oven to 350°F with a rack in the center.
2. SIFT the flour and 1/3 cup of sugar into a large bowl. Use an electric mixer to combine the egg whites, salt, and cream of tartar. Beat with the whisk attachment on medium-high speed until medium peaks form (about 3 minutes).
3. GRADUALLY ADD the remaining cup of granulated sugar and beat until firm, glossy peaks form. Beat in the confectioner’s sugar, lemon zest, vanilla and lemon extract.
4. SIFT a quarter of the flour mixture over the egg whites and use a rubber spatula to fold until barely combined. Repeat with the remaining flour mixture. Scrape into an ungreased 10-inch tube pan, smooth the top, and bake until the cake is springy and pulls away from the pan, 35 to 40 minutes.
5. TRANSFER to a wire rack to cool. Now, make the curd.
6. COMBINE in a small bowl, combine 1/4 cup of the lemon juice with the gelatin; set aside.
7. LIGHTLY BEAT the eggs in a large bowl. In a medium bowl, combine the granulated sugar, butter, preserved lemon juice, zest, salt, and the remaining 1/4 cup of fresh lemon juice. Place the bowl over a pot of simmering water until warm. Remove from the heat, then pour over the eggs in a thin stream, constantly whisking.
8. PLACE the bowl over the simmering water pot and cook, stirring constantly, to 175°F (about 5 minutes). Remove from the heat, stir in the gelatin mixture, and immediately pour through a fine strainer into a wide bowl over an ice bath, stirring until the mixture is cool. Chill for 1 hour.
9. WHIP the cream until soft peaks form. Fold into the lemon curd and chill for another hour, until cold. To serve, unmold the cake. Using a serrated knife, halve the cake crosswise to create 2 layers. Dollop some of the lemon cream to cover the bottom layer. Top it with the other half, dollop on more lemon cream, and serve.
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