Middle-age Memoirs~ Cooking edition: Gluten-Free Angel Food Cake

My better half recently had a birthday. He requested angel food cake with my homemade frozen custard. I made him and my boys a “normal” cake with wheat flour. I’ll confess, it was from a box. He said he wanted to make things easy for me. 🤣

However, me, being gluten free, can’t eat that type of cake. I’ll share my frozen custard recipe in another post, but know that it requires 8 egg yolks. This means I had 8 egg whites left over. What do you do with them? Well, make gluten-free angel food cake of course!

I began by searching the web for an 8 egg white angel food cake recipe, which I found at Recipe Rascal. The recipe required the following ingredients:

  • 8 egg whites
  • 1 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla

I used these ingredients, swapping the regular flour with an all purpose gluten free flour blend. What you use here is a matter of preference. Some suggestions would be Bob’s Red Mill or Pamela’s. I’ve had good success baking with both brands.

I sifted the flour and salt together 3 times (per recipe instructions) and set them aside in a small bowl.

Next, I added the egg whites to my stand mixer and blended until frothy, then added the cream of tarter. While the mixer was going, I gradually added the sugar and vanilla. I mixed this until the egg whites were stiff peaks.

How do you know if the whites are stiff enough? A good test is to hold the bowl upside down like I did here in this video:

Finally, I very carefully folded in the GF flour and poured the batter into an UNBUTTERED loaf pan (It’s VERY important that the pan is NOT greased). An angel food cake pan would work as well. I baked it at 325 for approximately 40 minutes.

When it’s removed from the oven, an angel food cake needs to be cooled properly or it will collapse. In my case, I set the loaf pan on its side. If an angel food cake pan is used, turn the pan upside down on a glass bottle, if the pan does not have “cooling feet”.

Closing thoughts

This cake was delicious and it really wasn’t that hard! My son said you couldn’t even tell it was gluten free. I will definitely be making it again. My husband also said he loved it and would have been fine with this as his birthday cake. Well, I guess I’ll know for next year. No more box angel food cakes for us!

Until next time…namaste my friends!

Tamara

Middle-age Memoirs~ Cooking edition: Teaching yourself to cook…with help

I decided to start a cooking journal, to coincide with my lifestyle and fitness journal from my main site. This journal will be a log of my adventures as I teach myself more about cooking, baking and making my own recipes. I hope you’ll join me on this new venture!

Cookbooks & DVDs

Most of what I know about cooking was self taught as well as learned through observing my mother and grandmothers cook. I also learned many healthy cooking techniques at Hawthorn University. It is my dream to one day go to school to become a Natural Food Chef. However, Until then, I will continue to learn on my own.

As you can see in the photos above, I have 2 very large cookbooks, as well as a Great Courses DVD.

  • America’s Test Kitchen Cooking School Cookbook -weighing in at just over 6 pounds and 2 inches thick, this book is HUGE!
  • How to Bake Everything By: Mark Bittman- not as big, but still quite large, this book weighs in at a little over 3 pounds and about an inch thick.
  • The Everyday Gourmet: Rediscovering the lost art of cooking. This is a DVD set through Greatest Courses. I’ve had it for awhile. My son and I started the classes together a few years ago, but never finished the course. I’ll be going back to the beginning and working my way through. The courses are taught by an instructor from the Culinary Institute of America.

Online Classes

As part of this journal, I’ll try as many of these as I can over time. Some are free and some cost money. We’ll see which ones are worth the price. I’ll also let you know if I find any more.

Closing thoughts

When I started looking for online courses, I had no idea there were so many. The ones listed here are just the main ones I found.

I absolutely LOVE cooking. Any excuse to spend more time in the kitchen works for me. Making it part of my blog and future business is just icing on the cake!

How did you learn to cook? What would you like to learn? Is there anything you’d like to see me try? Let me know in the comments below

Until next time…namaste my friends!

Tamara

Cooking for two: 10 Crock-Pot Dinner Recipes

a list of 10 crock-pot dinner recipes to share with the one you love. (There’s even a crock-pot quiche recipe!)

Welcome to my new series! Since my youngest son went off to college in August, I’m a new empty nester. One of the hardest things to get used to, besides his absence, is trying to cook for only my husband and myself. For 20+ years, I’ve cooked for 3 boys. I typically made extra, because, well, growing boys eat a lot. Now, it’s just the two of us and cooking for two is a whole different ball of wax…thus this new series. You’ll be learning along with me.

This series will be published bi-monthly, on the first Thursday every other month. On the first Thursday, during the other months, will be my pioneer recipes series.

Typically, I’ll be using the “tried and true” method. I’ll experiment with a recipe and then share my experiences with all of you. This time, however, I’m publishing a list of 10 crock-pot dinner recipes to share with the one you love. (There’s even a crock-pot quiche recipe!) So, HERE WE GO!

Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken

Damndelicious.net

Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken and Veggies - The easiest one pot recipe ever. Simply throw everything in and that's it! No cooking, no sauteeing. SO EASY!

Slow Cooker Easy Quiche

A Spicy Perspective

The Best - Slow Cooker Easy Quiche Recipe (Ham and Cheese Quiche with Veggies!) #slowcooker #crockpot

Slow Cooker Pork Tenderloin with Balsamic Glaze

The Recipe Rebel

pork tenderloin in crock pot sliced

Tomato Basil Steak

A Taste of Home

Tomato-Basil Steak

Slow Cooker Greek Chicken Gyros with Tzatziki

The Recipe Critic

slowcookerchickengyros2

Slow Cooker Paleo Meatballs

Delish.com

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Slow Cooker Zucchini Lasagna

The Primavera Kitchen

Slow Cooker Zucchini Lasagna Primavera Kitchen Recipe

Slow Cooker Enchiladas

A Taste of Home

Slow Cooker Enchiladas

Crock-Pot Carne Asada Nachos

How Sweet Eats

Crockpot Carne Asada Nachos I howsweeteats.com

Tuscan-Style Chicken

A Taste of Home

Tuscan-Style Chicken