Monday, July 4, 2011

French Toasted Angel Food Cake


For nearly two years I've faithfully posted to this blog at least once a week, and to get away from that routine felt strange and a little empty.  I'm glad to be back,  I've missed you!

Getting the book manuscript done was a mad dash, and it was strange to see the accumulated pile of work I'd printed out over time reduced to four or five files on a hard drive - but there it was.  Small and tidy.  My effort to inspire creativity through confection.  I can't wait to share it with all of you!

While I have no red, white and blue concoction for you on this Independence Day, this cake is delicious and celebratory, nonetheless. It's great if you're short on time and makes a superb dessert or breakfast for overnight company.

French Toasted Angel Food Cake.

It is as good as it sounds and super easy.  Add a ready-made angel food cake to your grocery list - you'll thank me later.



French Toasted Angel Food Cake 
adapted from BHG                                                                                              [click for printable version]

Cake:
8" Angel food cake purchased at grocer's
6 eggs, beaten
1 cup skim milk
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
4 tablespoons butter, divided
Maple syrup
Nutmeg


1. Combine the eggs, milk, sugar and vanilla in a shallow dish. Whisk until well incorporated.
2. Slice the angel food cake into 8 pieces with a serrated knife.
3. Soak angel food cake slices in the egg mixture for no longer than 1 minute, turning to coat all sides.
4. Place a non-stick skillet over medium heat.  Add 2 tbsp. of butter to the pan and swirl until melted.
5. Cook 4 slices of cake at a time, turning to cook on all sides until golden.  Add additional 2 tbsp. of butter to pan and let melt before frying the next batch of cake.
6. Place slices on a serving platter in upright cake formation.
7. Cover with maple syrup and sprinkle with nutmeg.


Whipped creme and berries:

1 cup heavy cream
3 tablespoons super fine granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Cinnamon
1 pint of fresh berries, whole or sliced

1. Whip the heavy cream in a medium bowl with a hand mixer at medium-high speed.
2. Gradually pour in the granulated sugar, and then add the vanilla.
3. Increase mixer speed to high and whip until stiff peaks form.
4. Dollop whipped cream over the top of the assembled cake.
5. Sprinkle with cinnamon.
6. Top with fresh berries.

Serve immediately.

Happy July 4th!

71 comments:

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

That is an interesting way of serving angel cake! I really love the idea. Really delicious looking.

Congrats on the 2 years and glad to read you again!

Cheers,

Rosa

Heidi D said...

Well, I for one have missed your posts. I don't comment often, but I check here everyday for updates.

This is a very cleaver idea too. I will have to try it. As always, the photography is beautiful.


p.s. Totally non-related question. Does your pug constantly wheeze and snort? My neighbor's pug does and it just doesn't seem right.

Anyway, Happy 4th of July!

Heather (Heather's Dish) said...

This is genius! Seriously, I just ate breakfast and I'm already craving this now!

SprinkleBakes said...

Thanks you all. :)

Hi Heidi - yes, one of my pugs has this hacky-wheezy thing he does every so-often, but not constantly. I'm hoping your neighbor's pug isn't left out in the heat for too long. That would be bad and would contribute to much wheezing and snorting.

So good to hear from you!

Marisa said...

Hubs saw this and asked me to make it right away. :)

Beautiful sparkler photo! I'm getting my camera + equipment ready for tonight.

Heidi—pugs are notorious for breathing issues due to their smooshed face.

Lauren at Keep It Sweet said...

I can't wait to see your book! All of your hard work and time will definitely pay off:-)

This recipe looks wonderful, such a great way to use angel food cake!

Kayla Jordan said...

When can we get our hands on the book??
I've just been instructed to make this cake, thank so much for the recipe!

SprinkleBakes said...

Hi Kayla - I don't have a firm date yet. Right now it looks like early 2012. Will definitely post as soon as I know!

Kimber said...

Heather! Welcome back! This recipe will be tried soon! Looks soo yummy...and simple! Congrats on finishing up the book manuscript! Can't wait to purchase!

Jessica @ How Sweet said...

Could this be any more incredible my friend?! Oh my gosh... drooling!

Lora said...

I love AFC and this looks perfect. I can't WAIT for your book.

warmvanillasugar said...

This looks like the yummiest thing ever! Yum!

Martina(Dulce de Leche) said...

beautiful and yummy!!!:)

Mon said...

Wonderful! Sadly, most of NZ hardly knows what an Angel Food cake is, let alone stock ready made ones! Did you know what troubles I had even trying to find an angel food cake tin!?

SprinkleBakes said...

Oh my gosh! Well, if you ever have that kind of trouble again let me know. I can send you those hard-to-find items!

Elizabeth Ann (Elizabeth Ann's Recipe Box said...

This looks amazing! :-) AND I love french toast and I LOVE angel food cake! :-)

Nancie McDermott said...

Love this, from the milk bottle and cherries to the crown of whipped cream and wistful pups. Congratulations on getting your book MS completed. Eagerly awaiting a copy for my kitchen shelf.

Rescie said...

You were missed, was so happy to have you show up on my list of emails today. Went right out and bought the ingredients and will serve after the fireworks. Adorable dogs as well.

All Things Yummy said...

Wow, that looks delicious. Since it had french toast in the title,
I'm deeming it acceptable breakfast food.

Bren @ Flanboyant Eats said...

that last picture is lovely. makes me want to eat that French toast. So perfect on timing especially since I've been working a lot with different French toasts...

bemelodious said...

I came across your delicious recipe from tasteologie. As I scrolled through it, I was SO pleasantly surprised to see pugs on the page!! I have a pug too (named Piggie-- I'm sure you can guess why), so this makes me a double fan of yours!

Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga said...

I meant to comment on this earlier but omg it looks sooo good.

I bet angel food toasted up like that is awesome.

And with whipped cream...mmmmm!

Amanda said...

My mind has been blown. French toasted cake? Who would've thought?

Well, you, apparently! Brilliant.

Marla said...

Hi Heather! Missed you BUNCHES. This cake is soooo FUN :) Can't wait to see that book of yours. You busy bee you! xxoo

Kristen said...

Absolutely brilliant idea!

spiceblogger said...

Ohmygoodness! Genius. :)

And I love (supa-love) your cake stand.

Lynne @ 365 Days of Baking said...

Heather,
what a phenomenal way to serve this cake! I can't wait to taste it!
Glad you're back - cannot wait for the book!!

brandi said...

This looks so pretty sitting together on the stand - and what a fun way to play with angel food cake.

Kristan said...

HEATHER!!!

Best idea ever. LOVE LOVE LOVE.

You have the best recipes in all the land.

Nourhan @ Miss Anthropist's Kitchen said...

Beautiful. I just recently discovered your blog and am in love. Your photos are absolutely inspiring. Thanks for sharing!

Sue said...

We missed you too! I already love French toast, but you've taken it to another league, Heather! Of course it looks gorgeous and your "boys" look cute:)

Shaina said...

This is genius. Absolutely, 100% genius. I'm making this the first chance I get. We love angel food cake, but the bummer is always that the strawberry sauce soaks in too fast. Surely that would be fixed here, but you also benefit from multiple textures.

And I so look forward to your book!

Carolyn Jung said...

A great way to serve angel food cake. You get the crispy exterior and then the airy, cloud-like interior. Best of both worlds.

Kim Bee said...

This just looks so delicious. Glad I found your site.

Angela @ The Dancer Bakes said...

Why have I never thought of angel food cake french toast before?? Genius. This looks incredibly tasty.

Baking Serendipity said...

I love this idea! Angel food cake is one of my favorites, and this takes it to an entirely new level. Can I pass it off for breakfast? I think my husband would say, definitely. :)

Jennifurla said...

I will be adding this to my list, what a splendid idea!

Lili said...

Oh my goodness this looks so yummy!! And I just bought a pint of cherries today too. Your little ones are just so sweet, it took me a while to realize you have two. Congrats on finishing your book, I cannot wait to get my hands on a copy when it's published!!! xoxo ~Lili

bakerbynature said...

This would be a huge breakfast hit for sure!

SUNY SENABRE said...

Me ha encantado este Angel food cake a la francesa. Menudo desayuno tan extraordinario.

Besos,

Jay said...

looks irresistably hearty..
new to your space..sure you have a lovely space..
amazing recipe collection with gorgeous clicks..
Am your happy follower now..:)
do stop by mine sometime..

Tasty Appetite

The Café Sucré Farine said...

This looks amazing! The berries sound great but I bet it would also be wonderful with sliced bananas and a pool of caramel sauce! Thanks, Chris

becky said...

oh man! that looks incredible!!

Katie, Julep and Derby's Mom said...

The angle food cake is simple, elegant and yummy! I love to try new things and this one is going in my 'must' stack!

All the best, Katie from
www.westiejulep.blogspot.com

Jenn (Cookies Cupcakes Cardio) said...

Toasted Angel Food!! Brilliant....it looks absolutely delicious too.

susan said...

this cake is so gorgeous and can we talk about that cake stand? FABULOUS!

Lindsey @ Hot Polka Dot said...

You always have the most creative ideas. I love this! It's like dessert and breakfast at the same time! I'm so excited about your book!

lerocherhotel said...

This is a really interesting cake! It looks delicious!

Joy said...

That is so cool

Emma said...

Well, the dessert is (sort of) red, white, and brown - that's almost America. Heck, it's good enough for me!

Your pugs'll rack your cake if you don't watch 'em close enough;)

The Vanilla Bean Baker said...

Congratulations on finishing the manuscript! This is the first time I've ever heard of French Toasted Angel Food Cake and it certainly does look delicious! Thanks for sharing your recipe.

Semen said...

Très beau gâteau et savoureux)

That's Ron said...

wow! u take great pics... n congrats!

Anonymous said...

Glad you're back! I just love your recipes! Can't wait for the manuscript!

C.T.

Lauren Hairston said...

I'm thinking about using this technique with leftover cake that's starting to get stale. There are only two of us, so if we don't manage to have people over or send baked goods to work with my husband, we can't eat them quickly enough!

dwidlebug said...

For the first time I am visiting your blog, This is just a great recipe and nice blog!

Mglòria said...

The best angel food cake that ever I sew!
Yummy!!!

Raquel @ Erecipe said...

This is my first time reading your blog, I was looking for an angel cake and I just stumbled with your site, and I really love he photo of the cake looks so tempting.

Darla said...

Hubs is DYING for me to make this, Heather! He actually found it by chance, before I'd had a chance to see it in me reader and he immediately asked for it. Looks like I'll be making some yummy, angel food french toast soon. :)

kirbie said...

What a great idea! I love how fat the angel cake slices look too. French toast is better when they are thick slices.

Amanda said...

Such PRETTY photography. i wish my pictures could be this pretty! how many pictures do you take on average?

a teen blogger

marla {family fresh cooking} said...

This cake just kills me. LOVE IT! Linking back to this beauty in my next post :)

vanillalemonade.com said...

Two of my favorite things...wow! Cannot wait to try this out!

Junassicpark said...

Congrats on the manuscript! I think I'll make this for breakfast! Yummy.

Tina @ MOMS CRAZY COOKING said...

We are looking for Angel Food Cake recipes for National Angel Food Day. If you would please stop by and link-up this recipe and/or if you have any other Angel Food Cake recipes! We would greatly appreciate it!

http://momscrazycooking.blogspot.com/2011/10/this-weeks-cravings-50-angel-food-cake.html

Lissa said...

Oh my, I LOVE french toast - I bet this is heaven.

Anonymous said...

This looks great. Quick question, do you eat this with syrup like any other french toast or can you eat it just like that?

SprinkleBakes said...

Definitely with syrup! :)

Lizzy T said...

WHAT!!! This looks amazing! What an awesome idea! Pinned! Thanks, Julie @ Tastes of Lizzy T

Cannella Vita said...

WHAT THE HECK!?!?! This is awesome! Leave it to you to think of something like this!

Nancy Galarza said...

Easy and Delicious. Definitely will make again and again!

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