Angel food cake is a bit of a nostalgic food item for me. It's one of those things my mom used to pick up from the grocery store on extremely rare occasions. And when she did happen to bring one home, my eyes would light up and I would beam from ear to ear. I'm not really big on cake in general, but I sure love me some super light and sweet goodness. Mom probably didn't realize I was the one that secretly ate the whole thing. Hmmm... or maybe that's why she rarely bought them?!
I've been meaning to make them for quite some time and even picked up a jar of cream of tartar though my laziness got the best of me and the jar has been sitting quietly unused. When I finally buckled down to look for a recipe, I distinctly remember gasping in horror when I saw that it called for 10-12 egg whites. What would I do with all the yolks? Poor little jar of cream of tartar, it would have to sit dejected in my cabinet a little while longer.
Fast forward to last week and Jared's been on an ice cream making rampage (posts to come). His recipes called for 4 egg yolks per batch. After a couple batches of ice cream I asked, What would are you going to do with all the egg whites? Alas! The opportunity I was looking for! I could finally make angel food cake and not feel guilty for discarding the egg yolks! I took a Gale Gand recipe and altered the proportions to work for 8 egg whites. Her recipe also makes a lemon glaze that she pours over the cake and a lemon confit. I tend to like things plain/original so I opted out of those additions on this one.