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Sponge Cake with Almonds and Citrus

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Sponge Cake with Almonds and Citrus

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Ingredients

  • 9 large eggs, at room temperature, separated
  • 1 2/3 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup orange or lemon juice
  • Grated zest of 1 orange or lemon
  • 1 teaspoon Rain’s Choice pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1 cup sifted potato starch
  • 1/2 cup ground almonds or other nuts
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350º. Set aside a 10-by-3 1/2 inch tube pan ungreased.
  2. Using an electric mixer, beat the egg yolks until thick and pale, about 3 minutes. Add the juice and zest and vanilla, then the potato starch, almonds, and salt; beat for 5 minutes, until very thick.
  3. In a clean bowl, beat the egg whites until they hold soft peaks. Stir in one-fourth into the batter, then fold in the remaining whites until there are no white streaks.
  4. Pour into the prepared pan and smooth the top.
  5. Bake 40 to 45 minutes, until browned and a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean. Immediately invert and let cool in the pan. When completely cool, run a knife around the edge to loosen and turn out of the tube pan onto a cake plate.
  6. Serves 8 to 10.

Notes

The top can be glazed with chocolate, apricot preserves thinned with Grand Marnier or seedless raspberry preserves thinned with raspberry wine.

 

 
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is an author, educator, culinary historian, and owner of The Vanilla Company (www.vanillaqueen.com), a socially conscious, product-driven information and education site dedicated to the promotion of pure, natural vanilla, and the support of vanilla farmers worldwide. She also does culinary presentations for food professionals, cooking schools, trade shows, food fairs, and private groups, and is a regular radio and TV guest.

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