03/28/2017

Angel Food Cake

Light, fluffy and simply delicious! Angel food cake sounds fancy and looks that way too but it’s really easy to make. I can’t count the number of these cakes I’ve made over the years. It’s Mr. A Southern Soul’s favorite. He loves it just like it is, sliced with nothing added. 
angel food cake platter
 My boys also love this cake. When Hunter turned 16 last month, Angel food cake was what he requested. No problem, I made him cake…this cake.
fluffy angel food cake
You all know what a fan I am of pound cake and have several different versions of the south’s favorite cake. Now though, I’m sharing my family secret that the true, #1, most requested cake in my house is angel food.
angel food cake with egg whites
Making this cake is not hard, it just takes patience. Of course, that’s something I struggle with but when it when it comes to this recipe, I take a deep breath and follow directions!
angel food cake with sugar
Sifting the flour and powered sugar 3 times is crucial for having a light, fluffy cake. Then, after your egg whites are whipped to stiff peaks, you must, must, must gently fold in the dry ingredients. Go slow on the last step and spoon the batter into a pan that has NOT been greased, run a knife around to remove any air bubbles then bake.
angel food cake in pan
I have an angel food cake pan since I make this cake about once a month. If you don’t have a tube pan that has “feet” on it, here’s a trick – when the cake comes out of the oven, immediately turn it upside down to cool using a wine or soda bottle. The hole in the tube pan will fit over the bottle and your cake will be able to cool. Once your angel food cake has cooled completely, carefully remove it from the tube. You may need to run a sharp knife around the edge, but no worries, the cake will come out perfectly. Then, the fun begins. Top with fresh fruit & whipped cream, or a drizzle of simple syrup, maybe icing and candles…the options are endless.
whole angel food cake

Angel Food Cake

12 egg whites (about 1 1/2 cups)
1 1/4 cups confectioners sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup sugar
  • Measure out egg whites and place in a mixing bowl. Let stand at room temperature for about 30 minutes.
  • Sift confectioners sugar and flour together three times. Set aside.
  • Add cream of tartar, extract and salt to the egg whites.  Beat on high-speed in stand or hand-held mixer until frothy. Gradually add sugar, and continue whipping until all sugar is dissolved and stiff peaks form. Stop beating process.
  • Fold in flour mixture about 1/2 cup at a time.  Gently spoon into an ungreased 10 inch tube pan.  Using a kitchen knife, cut through the batter to remove air pockets.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes or until cake springs back when lightly touched.  As soon as you take out of oven, invert onto standing position using feet on pan or a bottle.  Cool completely before removing cake from pan.

angel food cake text

03/24/2017

Meal Plan Monday #55

We are so excited to share our top recipes from last week’s Meal Plan Monday! Why? Well, you all shared your best. We’ve got something sweet, a yummy, savory breakfast dish, along with a delicious supper recipe for chicken and a side dish of Brussel sprouts.
Meal Plan Monday
WOW! Kelly Lynn’s Sweets and Treats, Call Me PMc and Southern Cooking with K made sure they linked back to Meal Plan Monday, that’s why their popular recipes are featured. Don’t forget to take that little step when posting friends, we want to share the love and your post will show up on all five our the hosts sites!
Let’s have some fun ~ just click on any of the featured photos or links and it will take you to the full recipe. Then, scroll down to see the recipes bloggers are posting this week and click on your favorites. The recipes with the most click, who link back, will be featured next week. 
 The number one post was this sweetness from Kelly Lynn’s Sweets & Treats with her Lucky Charms Marshmallow Treats.
 
Paula from Call Me PMc scored big time with these Turkey Sausage Frittatas
 
 and we all loved this Flat Roasted Chicken from Southern Cooking with K.
 
brussel sprouts roasted
 Our host feature is Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Parmesan and Lemon from A Southern Soul.


03/17/2017

Meal Plan Monday #54

Meal Plan MondayOne of the best things about being a host of Meal Plan Monday is that I get to hang out with friends, new and old. Over the past year, I’ve had so much fun with Angie, Christy and Stacey and now, I get to introduce you to a new member of our family who I’ve come to love. Julia, from Julia’s Simply Southern has joined us as a host of Meal Plan Monday and I am so excited to have her. Julia is so positive and encouraging plus she’s a great cook. I hope you’ll give her a big welcome! 

This week we are featuring three awesome recipes that you shared with us last week. We also have a video from our host Christy from Christy Jordan’s Southern Plate for her Velvet Pork Chops. 

Crock-Pot-Chicken-Milano

Crock Pot Chicken Milano from Recipes That Crock.  One look at the ingredient list and we knew full well why y’all clicked on this one!

pizza-grilled-cheese

Pepperoni Pizza Grilled Cheese from My Fearless Kitchen. Our only comments on this are…YES!

Lemon Icebox Pie CU 11

Daddy’s Lemon Ice Box Pie from Cooking With K was the most clicked recipe last week and just further confirms what we already know about y’all – you are some smart cookies!

This week’s host feature is:


03/14/2017

House Seasoning

To bring out the best flavor in a dish, cooks around the world know that proper seasoning is essential. Adding flavor to your food can be somewhat intimidating but here’s a trick that I’ve used for years – I make my own house seasoning.  I keep my little red pot of this blend on my counter, right beside the salt and pepper.house seasoning in container“Mama salt” as it’s called in my house, is a combination of salt, pepper, garlic powder and paprika. The key to its success, is in the proportions. I’ve found that the measurements I use are just right because you want the flavors to complement one another, not over power each other.house seasoning with salt, pepper, garlicPeople ask me all the time what I use to season my dishes. Well, here it is. I just measure out the ingredients, mix it up and store it in my container. I like making my own instead of buying the pre-made stuff from the store because I like to control the amount of garlic and pepper in the mix with the majority of the blend being made up of salt.mixed house seasoningI use Mama Salt on most of my meats and fish to bring out their natural flavors. It’s especially yummy on burgers and in meatloaf. It’s absolutely wonderful on roasted veggies and I coat the outside of potatoes with it before baking them. Enhance ordinary breadcrumbs by adding a few sprinkles for an extra savory flavor. Another use my boys came up with is to add it to popcorn. It’s awesome! The dishes that you can use my house seasoning in are just about endless, so, get creative and start sprinkling. house seasoning with lid

House Seasoning

8 tablespoons kosher salt

3 tablespoon s pepper

2 teaspoons garlic powder

2 tablespoons paprika

  • Measure out ingredients and place in a small bowl. Mix together.
  • Store in covered container. 

house seasoning collage

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