Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Ila Horner's Angel Food Cake

1 cup cake flour
3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
1-1/2 cups egg whites
1-1/2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla

Measure and sift together flour and sugar three times. Set aside. Combine egg whites, cream of tartar, and vanilla in a large bowl. Beat until the whites form stiff peaks like a miringue. Sift flour mixture over beaten whites and fold in gently with a rubber spatula just until blended. Spoon mixture into an ungreased tube pan. Cut through batter with a knife to break large air bubbles. Bake at 375° for about 35 minutes or until cake browns and has large cracks on top. Remove cake from oven, and invert the pan until cake has cooled.

Ila Horner contributed this recipe to the Jolly Neighbors Extension Club of Rose, Nebraska, for a hand-written cookbook that they made during the early 1960's. I have expanded the directions a little because all the recipes were greatly condensed to fit on one side of a 3x5" recipe card. Eldon and Ila Horner were neighbors who lived in the Duff Valley. I went through grade school with their daughters, Velda, Carolyn, and Teresa.

Another great Easy Recipe

Love At Home

There is beauty all around
When there's love at home.
There is joy in every sound
When there's love at home.

Roses bloom beneath our feet,
All the earth is a garden sweet,
Making life a bliss complete,
When there's love at home.

-- John Hugh McNaughton (1829-1891)