An Angel Food Cake is a great way to use up left over egg whites. This recipe is from Alton Brown. The cake is fluffy and light and flavored with a little bit of orange extract. It tastes great with a fruit compote or fruit sauce. Make sure to cut it with a serrated knife so that it doesn't collapse.
Angel Food Cake
(10 - 12 servings)
1cupcake flour, sifted
12egg whites, the closer to room
temperature the better
= (or extract of your choice)
1 ½teaspoonscream of tartar
1.Preheat oven to 350 F degrees.
2.In a food processor spin sugar about 2 minutes until it is superfine. Sift half of the sugar with the salt and the cake flour, setting the remaining sugar aside.
3.In a large bowl, use a balloon whisk to thoroughly combine egg whites, water, orange extract, and cream of tartar. After 2 minutes, switch to a hand mixer. Slowly sift the reserved sugar, beating continuously at medium speed. Once you have achieved medium peaks, sift enough of the flour mixture in to dust the top of the foam. Using a spatula fold in gently. Continue until all of the flour mixture is incorporated.
4.Carefully spoon mixture into an ungreased tube pan. Bake for 35 minutes before checking for doneness with a wooden skewer. (When inserted halfway between the inner and outer wall, the skewer should come out dry).
5.Cool upside down on cooling rack for at least an hour before removing from pan.
Cook's Note: Since they're easier to separate, use the freshest eggs you can get.