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Angel Food Cake

One of the baking memories I have with my mom is making Angel Food Cake. The excitement of the sweet light cloudy-like cake was only a part of it. The main event: defying gravity by cooling the cake upside-down. It was truly something I enjoyed. The one thing we had trouble with was the pan. We had two pans that are great for regular cakes, but they both were 1-Piece pans, making taking out the cakes an adventure on its own. A few weekends ago, I got to buy a new 2-Piece non-stick pan but they didn’t have the ones with lil’ feet. So, if you’re looking to buy a new pan, definitely get this one here: 2-Piece Angel Food Cake Pan with Feet, as it makes it turning upside-down a breeze. Since my pan doesn’t have feet, I used two small loaf tins upside-down as the base where the Angel Food Cake Pan would rest. That way it cooled faster and as it should: upside-down.

Now, this cake consists mainly in whipping egg whites and folding the dry ingredients: it has no rising agent (leavener) nor fat. So, in order for the cake to rise properly and stay risen, you don’t grease the pan. If you do, it will prevent the cake from rising properly as the egg whites won’t be able to hold on to the pans’ sides.

When separating eggs, I find that using 3 bowls and an egg white separator like this one helps quite much. You don’t have to worry about passing the egg between the cracked shells (which can make your yolk break). You place the egg white separator over bowl #1, carefully crack the egg, let the separator catch the yolk. Transfer the egg yolk to bowl #2 and then the egg white to bowl #3. Then, you start all over again. The beauty of this, is that if one of the yolks breaks or you get egg-shell on any of the separated eggs, you just have to switch bowl #1 for a clean one instead of redoing everything again, as you need no yolks in the egg whites for it to whip properly.

The cake is really easy to make, but you need time. You need time to separate the eggs, sift the dry ingredients several times and time to let the cake cool upside-down (fun fun!).  And since it has no butter in it, you can have a slice or two ;)

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Brown Butter & Hazelnut Cake

We’re back! Yes, really back! It’s been a couple of crazy weeks. Between family flying from out of town for the holidays and work, I’ve been swamped. Last time I actually got to bake/cook something for TFK was on December 31st… that crazy! Now, things are finally falling back in their place and I am being able to manage my schedule better. So, a few days ago I finally got some of my so-missed time in the kitchen.

This time around, I decided to try out my luck with hazelnuts. Specially this Hazelnut Cake. As soon as I read it on Smitten Kitchen, I knew I had to bake it myself. So, I was driving around with my mom running errands when we started talking about my next recipes for the blog. When I mentioned this one, she asked how I was going to remove the skins from the hazelnuts. I answered back that I read that after toasting them for a few minutes, I had to only rub them in-between a clean kitchen towel and most of the skins would peel off. She said that back then, she would blanch them and then the skins are extremely easy to remove. Moms know best. I searched both methods, and a video from Fine Cooking did all the explaining. They suggest blanching the hazelnuts, later on peeling, pat them dry and finally toast them. You’ll find a link to the video bellow the recipe. Also, you will find a very detailed post on how to make Brown Butter from Simply Recipes, which helped me tons.

The cake is airy and light… Ok not so light… but it definitely is a perfect cake for those who don’t have a sweet tooth! The brown butter infused with vanilla definitely takes this cake to a new level, with its nutty flavor together with the ground hazelnuts… it’s an unexpected delight!

Now, let’s talk business! Last year we added a sidebar ad to the blog so we can pay for some of the expenses. We do this because we love it, but we still need to cover some of the costs that come along. So, we will start to feature some products in our posts in a way that will go along with the site. Do you see the gorgeous plate and fork we have on the picture? We are collaborating with Nisa, who are distributors of Oneida flatware, dinnerware and serveware… and they are working on this amazing new site that is coming out in the next few weeks, which we know that you will love. As soon as the site is out, we will let you know! Anyway, we are going to be working with them on some sponsored posts by featuring some of their products. At the end of the post, you’ll see the name of the products displayed as well as their links (when the site goes live!), as well as a little logo at the end of the post, stating that the post has sponsored products.

We hope you like the little changes we are doing to the blog, because all of this is for you, our readers!

Kitty

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Blackberry, Apple & Bourbon Cake

Even though it’s the cold season in Guatemala, we are lucky that we get plenty of fruit year round. The last couple of weekends, I’ve been able got get tons of blackberries, and as much as I love them in my morning yogurt with granola, I decided it was time for me to bake something. I was between this recipe and a batch of blackberry muffins that will have to wait ’till I get blueberries again.

I found this recipe for the Blackberry, Apple & Bourbon Cake browsing through Foodily, and after looking at so many recipes, this one caught my eye. Not because it paired blueberries and apples, but because the cake has liqueur in it. More specifically, the apples are soaked in it and then added to the batter. Since I didn’t have apple brandy available, I used  Jack Daniel’s Honey Tennessee since it’s one of my favorites and it so happened I still have some little left. It’s delicious and I absolutely love it. If you can’t find the Honey Tennessee kind, you can use any sweet bourbon you can find, like Jim Beam White, Jack Daniels’, Maker’s Mark, Early Times, Gentleman Jack. As it turns out (now more often than before) I didn’t exactly follow the recipe to the dot. The original by Saveur asks you to make a coulis (or in other words, a blackberry mash), then strain it and then pour it over the cake when serving. As I didn’t have 6 cups of blackberries but just barely 3, I just added the sugary blackberries to the top of the cake, without the juices. And I increased the apples amount to 4 instead of 3 to balance out the lack of blackberries. And it paid off.

This cake has been a success. Dad just mentioned that after hanging out in the dinning/living room area (were I left the cake earlier that day), he just had to get a slice of it before dinner. Then had a second slice after dinner. All is good. He liked the cake. With every bite, you can taste the goodness of the bourbon and the apples, all surrounded with the cake… and the blackberries on top, are just the perfect way seal this cake with goodness.

Kitty

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Fall Fruit Crumble Cake

I made this Fruit Crumble Cake a few months ago for my mom’s birthday. She wanted a cake that wouldn’t be our usual Borracho (Rum Cake), so I took on a hunt to make a fresh fruit cake. She was happy with her cake, and she had a great time in our little gathering as you can see in the picture bellow. For mom’s cake I stayed true to Zoë François’ original recipe by using plums.

Fast forward a few weeks, and I made it once again, but this time for a friend’s birthday… And since I didn’t have any plums around, I used my last (tiny) batch of rhubarb and 2 diced apples. The best part of this recipe is that this is so versatile, you can use plums, peaches, apples, pears, berries… pretty much any fruit you might want to pair it with. If you want, you could even replace the lemon zest with orange zest for an orangey flavor.

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