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 Responses to Delicious Valentine

  1. carole macleod says:

    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.

    • 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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