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Martha Bakes: French Meringue Episode

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Many show stopping desserts have one thing in common. Next on Martha Bakes, three fantastic meringue based desserts—snowy-white individual pavlovas with a brightly colored orange curd filling, a stunning chocolate dacquoise cake layered with chocolate ganache and coffee buttercream, and a light-as-air tinted pretty-in-pink angel food cake.

This Week’s Recipe

Pretty-in-Pink Angel Food Cake

Pretty-in-Pink Angel Food Cake recipe

Make Martha Stewart's Pretty-in-Pink Angel Food Cake recipe featured in the French Meringue episode of Martha Bakes.

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup sifted cake flour (not self-rising)
  • 1 3/4 cups superfine sugar
  • 14 large egg whites (1 3/4 cups), room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon warm water
  • 4 drops rose gel-paste food coloring
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 3 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 16 ounces strawberries, hulled and quartered (about 2 cups)
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 cups (1 pint) sour cream
  • 3 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Use a fine-mesh sieve to sift flour and 3/4 cup sugar 4 times.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, beat together egg whites, water, food coloring, and 3/4 cup sugar on medium speed until foamy. Add salt, cream of tartar, and 2 teaspoons vanilla; whisk until meringue is stiff but not dry.
  3. Transfer meringue to a large bowl. In six additions, sift flour mixture on top, folding in quickly but gently.
  4. Transfer batter to an un-greased 10-inch tube pan with removable bottom. Smooth top with an offset spatula. Run a knife through batter to release air bubbles. Bake until golden brown and springy to touch, 35 to 40 minutes.
  5. Invert pan on its legs or over the neck of a glass bottle, and let cool completely, about 1 hour.

Yield: one 10-inch cake

 

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