Sponge Cake by Aramis
Delicious, simple and low-fat. I used to hate baking cakes, the glutinous mass of fat and sugar with a bit of flour just turned me off entirely. This recipe (shamelessly taken from Julia Child's book) redeemed cakes as a concept for me. As a bonus, it's dead simple.
- 4 eggs
- 2/3 cup of sugar
- 3/4 cup of flour
- 1 orange (or 2-3 limes)
Separate the egg yolks and whites. Whisk in the sugar with the yolks until you have a pale yellow smooth mixture. It should be thick enough so that it dissolves slowly if you lift some of it and let it fall in the bowl, also know as "the ribbon".
Mix in the juice of the orange (or your favorite citrus) as well as a healthy dose of grated peel. You are looking for about a third of a cup of juice.
Mix in the flour (not all at once, it'll fly off in your face) and a bit of salt.
Whip the whites until they can form peaks that don't dissolve immediately (adding a bit of sugar near the end helps). On paper, you are looking for what is known as stiff peaks.
Gently, GENTLY, fold in the whites with the rest of the batter. Tip: roughly mix in a few tablespoon of whites beforehand, it softens up the batter.
Put in a mold and bake about 35 minutes at 350F.
Enjoy cake. The proportions can also be halved without much consequence at all.