Delicious Valentine

IMG_5088Not that I’m anybody’s idea of the late Julia Child.

Let me re-phrase that.  I am NOT anybody’s idea of the late Julia Child.  I would be all about the collapsed half of the soufflé and never about the still standing side, however, even I can sometimes bake.

When I’m baking one of my favorites is the Angel food cake.  You can go wrong here.  Sugar is essentially powdered sugar – or else….  The egg whites have to be room temperature.  The oven has to be a hot oven with no cold regions or your cake will be lopsided, and you have to turn you cake upside down immediately.  No fooling.

IMG_5083 For Valentine’s Day I like to substitute some of the water in the mix (if all else fails) with red food coloring, and a shot of double strength vanilla essence from Penzey’s for the perfect pink vanilla angel food cake.  You are after pinkness of a most unsubtle sort.  This is the basis of my Valentine’s Angel food Cake.  See?  Ridiculous, no?

IMG_5085 It is, however, plenty Valentine–ish, does not interfere with dieting, and eats very well with chocolate, strawberries, a glass of champagne and a spritz of Shalimar!

Happy Valentine’s Day to all my readers!

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2 thoughts on “Delicious Valentine

  1. Happy Valentines Day to you too! The cake looks beautiful. My mother always made angel food cakes, and she could not teach me to do it. I cannot make merangue, either-I would make lemon pie but she always rescued me when it came to the tricky topping.
    Funny you mentioned Julia-i have immense admiration for her, and today, since I have a cold, I am on the couch with my friendliest cat and a duvet and a stack of books. If you get a chance check out Provence, 1970. It’s a great book if you like a good history, or biography, or just a really good read. It wrks for me on all levels.
    Wearing Eau de Patou, which is lovely and crisp.
    Sincerely,
    Carole

    • Ooh yes, I do love a good read, and the mental picture of you and your sociable cat, reading about Provence in 1970 is a very pleasant one. Shall keep an eye out for that title.

      The cake was delicious we ate it with champagne (well, OK, Cava) and fresh raspberries-Happy Valentines Day to you too!

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