Portuguese 10 Egg White Cake - Bolo das 10 Claras
I don't even remember when I got this recipe, but it's always been one of my go to, easy cakes to make. Mainly because it always seems to turn out great and since I'm not a huge baker, I don't have to worry about messing it up.
You have no idea how much taking a cake out of it's mold, scares me. I have to talk myself into doing it LOL
I'm sure you've noticed that I don't have a huge collection of desserts on this blog. Not like 90% of the other food blogs who are filled with yummy sugary goodies.
The reason is simple, not only am I not a huge baker, but I have always preferred salty to sweet, and I will take a plate of comfort food over a slice of cake, any.day.
Anyway, tonight the Pastor of our new church, is coming over with his wife to get to know us. I'm not a very outgoing person, am actually quite shy and don't really care for people in my house. Weird huh? LOL
But I decided that I should bake something instead of just giving them store bought cookies. So after some thinking I narrowed it down to this cake, and so it is.
If you like pound cake, you'll enjoy this one, it's simple, plain but with a hint of lemon.
10 egg whites
pinch of salt
2/3 cup softened butter
1 and half cups sugar
3 tablespoons of milk
2 cups of flour
1 teaspoon of baking powder
Juice and rind of 1 small lemon
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a cake pan with butter and flour.
Start by adding the egg whites to a big bowl, add in a pinch of salt and beat until firm.
In a separate big bowl, beat the softened butter and sugar until creamy. Add the lemon juice and rind and the milk. Mix well. Add in the flour and the baking powder and mix until all ingredients are well combined.
Take a spoonful of the egg whites and add to the cake mix, slowly fold them in from bottom to top without beating. Keep adding spoonfuls at a time and folding in gently until all the egg whites are mixed in.
Pour into the cake pan, sprinkle sugar on top to give it a nice crunchy crust and bake for 35 minutes or until golden brown and cake is done.
Remove from pan and serve.