Angel food cake with lemon curd

IMG_1130ALook at this cake, not having a smooth side, imperfection decoration, simply because I don’t have the patient to decorate the cake or making it smooth. It is just beyond me! I think the way this cake looks will tells you it is home made.

Most people will have an answer said this is chiffon cake base, eventually it is not chiffon but angel food cake base. There are three basic cake commonly use as base. Sponge cake, chiffon, angel food cake. Three of them content light airy interior.

Sponge cake, made with butter, sugar, flour, eggs. It contain whole eggs Their leavening comes only from beaten egg whites (no baking powder or soda), and they have little or no butter. Is very common with eggy,  yellowish, crumble texture, light as well. It is a versatile cake that you could add any flavour.

Chiffon cake, made with eggs, sugar, flour, water and vegetable oil but no butter. It is very light, slightly dry if you just eating the cake itself. Chiffon cakes are light like sponge cakes, but the egg whites are not beaten separately. Chiffon cakes also generally contain oil so they are more tender and moist than sponge cake.

Is an obsession throughout South-east Asia, in Japan there are whole bakeries devoted to it. Chinese schoolchildren eat it as a snack. In the Philippines the ability to turn out airy chiffon is the test of a good home cook. Yet few in Britain know about it, despite our collective love of cake. I remembered when I was a kids, I had green pandan (pandanus amaryllifolius or screwpine leave) chiffon cake, it is very soft, spongy, dry. Often it made me choke when I eating it too quickly, simply because it is tasty. Most housewife in Asia would perfecting this chiffon cake recipe and by making them as light as possible, adding flavouring in it.

Angel food cake, made with egg whites, sugar and flour. It is even lighter than chiffon cake, Angel food cakes have no fat or leavening (such as baking powder). They are leavened with beaten egg whites and they have a high proportion of egg white to flour.

The following recipe was adopted from Mary Berry that made it at Master class of the Great British Baked-Off. I think this cake make a good center piece on your dinner party. You will need a special mould for this cake 25cm angel food cake pan or chiffon pan

Cake ingredients

  • 125g plain flour
  • 300g caster sugar
  • 10 large free-range egg whites
  • 2 large lemon, grated zest only
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp cream of tartar
  • ½ tsp salt

Lemon curd ingredients (this makes more lemon curd than you need for this cake)

  • 10 large free-range egg yolks
  • 400g caster sugar
  • 4 large lemons, juice only (±200ml)
  • 2 large lemons, grated zest only
  • 175g unsalted butter, cubed
  • 2 passion fruit

Topping

  • 300ml whipping cream
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4 (fan 160C) and arrange an oven shelf in the bottom third of the oven. Sift the flour and 100g/3½oz of the caster sugar together in a bowl and set aside.
  2. Whisk the egg whites in a large bowl with an electric hand whisk or mixer on a high speed for one minute until frothy. Add the lemon zest, lemon juice, cream of tartar and salt and continue whisking for 2-3 minutes, or until soft peaks form when the whisk is removed from the bowl. Increase the speed and add the remaining 200g/7oz of caster sugar, one tablespoon at a time to form firm, but not stiff peaks.
  3. Sprinkle over one-third of the flour mixture and fold gently to combine. Repeat with the remaining two-thirds of the flour mixture folding gently to keep as much air in the mixture as possible.
  4. Transfer the batter to a 25cm/10in angel food cake pan. Gently run a knife through the centre of the batter to remove any pockets of air. Cook for 45-50 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.
  5. Remove from the oven and immediately turn upside down onto the tin’s cooling legs, or place over the neck of a wine bottle. Leave to cool for at least one hour.
  6. Run a knife around the inner and outer edges of cake to remove it from the pan. Invert onto a plate. Carefully use a palette knife to separate the cake from the base of the pan. Leave to cool on a wire rack.
  7. For the lemon curd, mix the egg yolks, sugar, lemon juice and lemon zest together in a large pan. Cook over a low heat, stirring with a wooden spoon, making sure to stir the sides and base of the pan. Cook for 5-7 minutes, or until the mixture coats the back of a spoon. Remove from the heat and stir in the butter. Pass through a sieve into a large jug. Fill two 350g/12oz glass jars with the lemon curd and seal with lids. Cover the remaining curd with cling film and leave to cool.
  8. For the topping, whisk the cream and vanilla extract in a bowl until soft peaks form when the whisk is removed. Spoon the topping over the angel food cake and, using a palette knife, coat the top and sides of the cake, smoothing as you go.
  9. Cut the passion fruit in half and scoop out the seeds. Stir the passion fruit into the reserved, cooled lemon curd and drizzle over the angel food cake before serving. You may want to use just one of the jars of lemon curd to serve with the cake and save the other to eat separately.

Note: Do not be tempted to grease the tin – it will prevent the cake from rising properly. If you want to cut back on fat or have a dairy intolerance, this is a great cake to make. The cake itself doesn’t contain any butter and you can easily swap the toppings for a fruit syrup or jam if you want to make it completely dairy-free. The egg yolks are used up in a job lot of lemon curd, but you could always buy in a good jar lemon curd and save your yolks for another use.

 

 

 

 

Flatbread Lunch

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Flatbread dated back to Ancient Egypt and Sumer. In Ancient Mesopotamia (modern day Iraq) the Sumerians discovered that edible grains could be mashed into a paste and then baked/hardened into a flatbread.

Don’t worry about I going write about the whole history of flatbread. As its a Ancient recipe of course is going to be easy to make, simply because during Ancient City, food is essential and with simple ingredient, tools and method to produce fabulous bread like this.

My easy quick snack lunch inspired from the Ancient recipe of flatbread and leftover, I had enough sauce from the leftover of Italian Red Penne, then I quickly make some flatbread and wrap it with, boiled chicken fillet, leftover sauce, fresh lettuce. Even making the flatbread is very simple and easy.

  1. To make flatbread, mix the dry ingredients together and add water until firm dough had formed.
  2. Divide the dough into six and roll out the flatbreads thinly.
  3. Cook in a very hot, dry, non-stick pan for one minute on each side or until brown spots appear on both sides.

For the filling simply click the link of Italian red penner and omitted the cooking for pasta. You can add whatever you like, it is very versatile, yet simple to make. One of my store cupboard dish as well.

Croque Madame Muffin

P1130041AAHerewith another fabulous recipe from Rachel Khoo, I loved the way she cooking French food and I had tried it is very easy. French were  well know about the love affair with their food. This is a Classic French recipe with new twist by putting in a muffin tin instead of the classic way of sandwich it. Most of bars and bistro will serve Croque Monsieur which basically is toasted cheese and ham sandwich. Put a fried egg on top became Croque madame as it look like a lady’ hat.

  • 6 large slice of white bread, cut off the crusts
  • 3 tbsps melted butter
  • 75 g ham, cut into cubes or thin strips
  • 6 small eggs

For Mornay Sauce

 

  1. To make the sauce, melt the butter in a pan over medium heat. Add the flour and beat hard until smooth paste. Take off the heat and let it cool for 2 minutes. Then gradually add the milk, whisking constantly.
  2. Place back the pan back onto medium heat, add mustard and nutmeg and simmer gently for 10 minutes, whisking frequently to stop the sauce burning on the bottom of the pan.
  3. Once the sauce thickens and has the consistency of a tomato sauce, take off the heat, add cheese (keep a little for garnish) and taste for seasoning. If sauce  is too thick, add a little milk, if is lumpy pass it through a sieve.
  4. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Flatten the slices of bread with rolling pin, then brush each slice on both sides with melted butter.
  5. Line a 6-hole muffin tin with the slices of bread, pressing them in with small glass. Divide the ham between the muffins follwed by the eggs. Put 2 tablespoons of cheese sauce on top of each egg, then sprinkle with little cheese and pepper.
  6. Bake for 15-20 minutes, depending on how runny youlike the egg. Serve immediately.

This light snack delights me. You could serve it with french fries or some salad on the side. Whichever you like it to be. I like it because it is very versatile and is one of my store cupboard dish.