Fri, April 03

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Cheese Biscuits: Use margarine as fat ingredient. Mix 1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese into flour-fat mixture before adding milk.

Buttermilk Biscuits: Substitute 7/8 cup buttermilk for 7/8 cup milk. Use 1 tsp. baking powder and 1/2 tsp. baking soda in place of 2 tsp. baking powder.

Whole Wheat Biscuits: Substitute 3/4 cup whole wheat flour for 1 cup all-purpose flour.

Oil Biscuits: Substitute 1/4 cup vegetable oil for 1/4 cup shortening or margarine. Combine oil with milk and add to dry ingredients.

Mile High Cakes

Angel Food Cake

5,000 feet

Oven temperature: 400 degrees F

1 cup plus 1 tablespoon sifted cake flour

1 cup sugar

14 egg whites

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons cream of tartar

1/4 cup sugar

1/4 teaspoon vanilla

1/4 teaspoon almond extract

Sift together flour and 1/4 cup sugar 3 times.

Place egg whites, salt, and cream of tartar into mixing bowl and beat at high speed until soft, but not until stiff peaks form.

With the mixer running, add 1/2 cup sugar slowly close to the beaters. Add vanilla and almond extract. Beat until quite stiff, but not dry peaks.

Add sifted flour-sugar mixture by fourths. Mix on low speed 10 seconds after each of the first 3 additions and 20 seconds after the last addition. Scrape down the sides constantly during this mixing.

Pour batter into a 10-inch ungreased tube pan.

Bake at 400 degrees F for approximately 30 minutes.

Remove from oven and allow to cool in inverted pan.

Altitude Adjustments:

7,500 feet: Increase flour by 2 tablespoons. Reduce sugar to 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons.

10.000 feet: Increase flour to 1-1/4 cup. Reduce sugar to 3/4 cup. Increase the baking temperature to 425 degrees F.


Chocolate Angel Food Cake: Substitute 1/4 cup cocoa for 1/4 cup cake flour in step 1. Omit the almond extract. Increase the vanilla to 1-1/2 teaspoons.

Spice Angel Food Cake: Sift with the flour 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg, 1/4 teaspoon cloves, and 1 teaspoon cinnamon. Omit vanilla and almond extracts.

Other Variations:

A topping of whipped cream mixed with crushed peanut brittle, crushed peppermint candy, or fresh or frozen fruit is delicious on slices of angel food cake.

Reduced Sodium: Omit salt.

For your information …

Marta Stuart - 639-8100 ext. 3385 (through Yavapai county switchboard) or 520-445-6590 direct for info on seminars and questions relating to food, families, youth and children. for Yavapai County Cooperative Extension for general information and questions for researchers at University of Arizona for Partnership For Food Safety Education for food and nutrition information

1-800-535-4555 for USDA’s Meat and Poultry Hotline

1-800-332-4010 for FDA’s Food Information and Seafood Hotline

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