It’s been snowy lately, so I haven’t gone to the store for more beer to review. And I’ve spent my nail polish budget for the month! I have a few more to review, but after a fit of rage following a mis-cut of a few nails, I no longer have any nails. Cut ’em to the quick. While they grow back, I’ll be posting about other goings-on here in Fairbanks and another couple of brews.
Because it’s been so snowy and gloomy outside lately, I decided it was time to do some baking! Perfect timing for that kind of energy, as today is also my husband’s thirtieth birthday. Happy Birthday, Vince! 🙂 He requested strawberry shortcake, but after considering the kind of shortcake he usually picks up at the store, I decided angel food cake would be closer and went looking for a recipe.
As usual, Alton Brown had my back. His recipe, here, even includes a large clip from the show that has him making the cake, so there was very little room to mess up! I had a new Nordicware specially-shaped pan (their buttercup pan, which I picked out so that we could pile whipped cream and strawberries in the middle!) and a glass angel food cake pan. I had my trusty KitchenAid mixer, which I bought last summer at a garage sale for just $50. And I had all the ingredients. The egg whites were room temp, the flour and sugar were sifted. Everything was ready.
Set the mixer going with the egg whites and such in it, as per the recipe, and when it reached medium peaks, I was ready to fold in the flour/sugar mixture with my spatula…
…that I’d forgotten broke a few weeks ago and is now MIA somewhere as a baby toy.
So I folded it in with my hand.
Egg whites, *everywhere.*
My kitchen’s now a sticky, horrific mess, and the cakes came out a little denser than I’d’ve liked, thanks to a little overmixing (and not folding the flour in promptly enough-halfway through Little Man fell down and bonked his head!). But the little cakes especially came out beautifully, and are very tasty! The big one’s a little undercooked towards the bottom but I’ll just cut that part off and we’ll be good to go. 🙂
Have some pictures!
See y’all next time! I’ll try to start on a M-W-F update schedule. Ta!