Lime & Ginger Angel Food Cake

Lime & Ginger Angel Food Cake

div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-8S3v30-hFtY/VKmcix-iZI/AAAAAAAALcA/yVwmmj3D3xg/s1600/IMG2451.JPG" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"img border="0" height="626" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-8S3v30-hFtY/VKmcix-iZI/AAAAAAAALcA/yVwmmj3D3xg/s1600/IMG2451.JPG" width="640" //a/divdiv style="text-align: center;"a href="https://gb.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.thebakingexplorer.com%2F2015%2F01%2Flime-ginger-angel-food-cake.html&media=http%3A%2F%2F2.bp.blogspot.com%2F-8S3v30-hFtY%2FVKmcix-iZI%2FAAAAAAAALcA%2FyVwmmj3D3xg%2Fs1600%2FIMG2451.JPG&description=Lime%20%26%20Ginger%20Angel%20Food%20Cake"img src="//assets.pinterest.com/images/pidgets/pinitfgenrectred28.png" //abr /!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --br //divbr /Happy New Year everyone! I have had a wonderful Christmas break and I hope you have too. This is my first bit of baking for a couple of weeks now. That may not sound long, but for me it is! I know this time of year is when everyone starts to focus on healthy eating, and Angel Food Cake is a great option as it contains no butter so is low in fat. I also left the cake 'naked'! So no buttery icing to worry about. Although I always try to eat well and have plenty of fruit and vegetables, I do think that indulgences are important. As long as it's one slice of cake once a week, and not an entire cake every day, there's no harm in my opinion!br /br /div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-vsmgT2-Rkow/VKg5EkQAOAI/AAAAAAAALVg/QjGGBQzKtU/s1600/IMG2437.JPG" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"img border="0" height="240" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-vsmgT2-Rkow/VKg5EkQAOAI/AAAAAAAALVg/QjGGBQzKtU/s1600/IMG2437.JPG" width="320" //a/divbr /The base of this recipe is an a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/lemon-angel-food-cake-recipe.html" rel="nofollow" target="blank"Ina Garten/a one that I use for all my Angel Food Cakes (I've made a a href="http://www.thebakingexplorer.com/2014/02/lemon-angel-food-cake-with-7-minute.html" target="blank"Lemon one/a and a href="http://www.thebakingexplorer.com/2013/08/angel-food-cake-gbbo-season-4-begins.html" target="blank"Chocolate one/a before). I started by sifting together 170g plain flour and 2 tsp ground ginger (add 3-4 tsp for a stronger flavour), I sifted it 4 times to get plenty of air in it. I then added 100g caster sugar to the bowl and stirred in.br /br /div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-f-5ZhYHo-w/VKg41aq4i7I/AAAAAAAALVU/VgQuXoDbDpo/s1600/IMG2438.JPG" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"img border="0" height="320" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-f-5ZhYHo-w/VKg41aq4i7I/AAAAAAAALVU/VgQuXoDbDpo/s1600/IMG2438.JPG" width="240" //a/divbr /In my food mixer I whisked up 10 egg whites, along with 3/4 tsp salt and 1 1/2 tsp cream of tartar. Once soft peaks formed, I slowly added 300g caster sugar whilst continuing to mix. If you need some ideas to use up your egg yolks, a href="http://www.thebakingexplorer.com/2012/10/five-things-to-do-with-egg-yolks.html" target="blank"check out some recipe ideas I've collected/a.br /br /div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-JSdBiLPhQGI/VKg5EbT1Y3I/AAAAAAAALVc/HUTHaTryYiQ/s1600/IMG2439.JPG" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"img border="0" height="320" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-JSdBiLPhQGI/VKg5EbT1Y3I/AAAAAAAALVc/HUTHaTryYiQ/s1600/IMG2439.JPG" width="240" //a/divbr /Once the mixture was glossy I added the zest of 3 limes and 1/2 tsp vanilla extract and whisked in.br /br /div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-kPtqKv1tQo/VKg5MiasDWI/AAAAAAAALVs/0CPfJaufBL4/s1600/IMG2440.JPG" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"img border="0" height="240" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-kPtqKv1tQo/VKg5MiasDWI/AAAAAAAALVs/0CPfJaufBL4/s1600/IMG2440.JPG" width="320" //a/divbr /I gently folded the flour and sugar mixture into the egg whites. Ina's tip for folding works for me every time. Cut the mixture down the middle with a spatula and pull it round the edge of the bowl, keep doing this and turn the bowl as you fold. You need to be very gentle so you don't lose any air.br /br /div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-oCuXI4uaBW0/VKg5XD1rLRI/AAAAAAAALV0/zZei8Lsm-E0/s1600/IMG2441.JPG" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"img border="0" height="240" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-oCuXI4uaBW0/VKg5XD1rLRI/AAAAAAAALV0/zZei8Lsm-E0/s1600/IMG2441.JPG" width="320" //a/divbr /I poured the mixture into my pan and put it in the oven on 180C/350F/Gas Mark 4 for 35 - 40 minutes. If you are using an Angel Food Cake tin (as pictured above), you do not need to grease the pan. If you are using a non-stick bundt tin, you must grease and flour it.br /br /div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-rXTO8gfSkt0/VKg5Yd2bL-I/AAAAAAAALV8/66mCXuqW8c/s1600/IMG2443.JPG" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"img border="0" height="240" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-rXTO8gfSkt0/VKg5Yd2bL-I/AAAAAAAALV8/66mCXuqW8c/s1600/IMG2443.JPG" width="320" //a/divbr /When the cake came out of the oven, I tipped it upside down to cool. Although the tin has little 'legs' to assist with this, I always put it on a cooling rack as well.br /br /div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-eYwbYuO5G38/VKmMPOyV4TI/AAAAAAAALbE/92D1y0oDLc/s1600/IMG2444.JPG" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"img border="0" height="240" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-eYwbYuO5G38/VKmMPOyV4TI/AAAAAAAALbE/92D1y0oDLc/s1600/IMG2444.JPG" width="320" //a/divbr /When it was fully cool I ran a palette knife around the edge and middle of the tin and the cake came out easily enough.br /br /div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-rwP69Zp2m-w/VKmPSif3HeI/AAAAAAAALbo/MBk0M1tG1hQ/s1600/IMG2467.JPG" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"img border="0" height="320" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-rwP69Zp2m-w/VKmPSif3HeI/AAAAAAAALbo/MBk0M1tG1hQ/s1600/IMG2467.JPG" width="293" //a/divbr /I decided to keep the cake 'naked' and dusted it lightly with icing sugar and garnished with some lime zest and chopped crystallised ginger. Angel Food Cake is so light and spongey, I love the texture of it and really enjoy eating it. I was pleased that the lime flavour came through so well, although the ginger wasn't very strong. I think I'll add another teaspoon next time.br /br /div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-ItwWT5cAwcs/VKmPP8RECgI/AAAAAAAALbg/i5ENGUimXb8/s1600/IMG2473.JPG" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"img border="0" height="316" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-ItwWT5cAwcs/VKmPP8RECgI/AAAAAAAALbg/i5ENGUimXb8/s1600/IMG2473.JPG" width="320" //a/divbr /It's perfect paired with creme fraiche and some fresh berries!br /br /div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-pY5MpclVTfY/UktcmblV1DI/AAAAAAAAHY/DxqisS-RiV4/s1600/AlphaBakesLogo.jpg" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-pY5MpclVTfY/UktcmblV1DI/AAAAAAAAHY/DxqisS-RiV4/s1600/AlphaBakesLogo.jpg" //a/divbr /I'm entering this into The More Than Occassional Baker's monthly challenge, a href="http://themorethanoccasionalbaker.blogspot.co.uk/2015/01/alphabakes-jan-2015.html" target="blank"Alpha Bakes/a (hosted on alternate months by a href="http://carolinemakes.net/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"Caroline Makes/a). This month the letter is 'L'.

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