Prep 30 mins
Cook 28 mins
Angel food is one of my favorites -- they are so light and airy! Extra muffins can be frozen. The recipe comes from The Ultimate Muffin Book.
- nonstick cooking spray
- 1 cup cake flour or 1 cup all-purpose flour, plus additional for the muffin tins
- 1 cup sugar
- 8 large egg whites, at room temperature
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- Position the rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Prepare the muffin tins by spraying the cups and the rims around them with nonstick spray.
- Sprinkle a pinch of flour into each of the cups and shake the tin around, coating the interior surface of the muffin cups with flour.
- Shake out excess flour by rapping the tin against the side of the sink.
- Whisk 1 cup flour with 1/2 cup sugar in a medium bowl until blended and set aside.
- In a large bowl, beat the egg whites and salt with an electric mixer at medium speed until foamy, about 1 minute.
- Raise the speed to high, beat in the cream of tartar, and continue beating until soft peaks form.
- With the mixer running, add the remaining 1/2 cup sugar in a slow stream, then beat in the vanilla.
- Continue beating for about 3 minutes, or until the mixture is stiff and shiny and until no sugar granules can be felt when a bit of beaten egg white is rubbed between your fingertips.
- Use a rubber spatula to fold in a third of the flour mixture. Do not beat; fold in long, even arcs, so that the whites stay fluffy but the flour is evenly distributed.
- Fold in half of the remaining flour mixture using the same technique.
- Then very gently fold in the remaining flour mixture, just so that the flour is mixed in, but not so that it dissolves.
- Fill the prepared tins to the top; divide any remaining batter equally among the tins, piling it as high above the rims as necessary.
- Bake for 28 minutes, or until well browned.
- Place the tins on a wire rack to cool for 45 minutes.
- Gently rock the muffins back and forth to release them from the tins.
- Store the muffins in an airtight container at room temperature for 24 hours or freeze them in freezer-safe bags for up to 2 months.
- CINNAMON ANGEL FOOD MUFFINS ~ Add 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon with the flour.
- LEMON ANGEL FOOD MUFFINS ~ Add 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest and 1 teaspoon lemon extract with the vanilla. If desired, drizzle the cooled muffins with a lemon icing.
- ORANGE ANGEL FOOD MUFFINS ~ Add 2 teaspoons grated orange zest and 1 teaspoon orange extract with the vanilla.
- VANILLA GLAZED ANGEL FOOD MUFFINS ~ Coat the cooled muffins with a vanilla glaze or icing.