Monday, June 29, 2009

Nothing says Happy Father's Day like a Golden Angel Food cake!

Several years ago, I made this whole wheat angel food cake for a family party. My dad said he really liked it. It takes several hours to make, and so it is made only on special occasions. The two events I usually make it for are my dad’s birthday or Father’s Day. It isn’t really hard to make just time consuming. I don’t think the calories of a dessert count against your diet when whole grains are involved. I’m sure I heard that on Oprah sometime!?!?

Whole Grain Golden Angel Food Cake

8 eggs, separated
1 cup cold water
2 cups sugar
2 cups hard white wheat flour
1/2 cup barley flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp cream of tartar

Place egg yolks in a large bowl and beat until light colored. Add cold water and beat for 2 minutes. Add sugar and blend. Combine flours and salt and sift 3 or 4 times. Add to egg yolk mixture. Beat for 3 or 4 minutes. Do not skimp on beating. Add vanilla. In a separate bowl, beat egg whites with cream of tartar until very stiff. Fold into egg yolk mixture. Be sure the whites and yolk mixture are evenly mixed. Bake in an angel food cake pan for 1 hour and 15 minutes at 325 degrees. Touch test the top of cake. Invert on top of a pop bottle to cool.

Serve with whip cream and berries. Yum!