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This is a nice simple recipe. I have been making it since I was 14. It's easy to experiment with and fairly low calorie.
- Preheat oven to 350, and line 2 nine inch pans with wax paper.
- Sift flour with baking powder; in a separate bowl, combine the water and the vanilla.
- Beat egg yolks until thick, then slowly add the sugar bit by bit, until the mixture gets thick and cream colored.
- Add the flour alternately with the water, beginning and ending with the flour.
- With clean mixer, beat the egg whites with the cream of tartar untilsoft peaks form.
- Fold egg whites into batter lightly, about 1/4 at a time.
- Spoon into the pans and bake about 25 minutes, or until gold and springy.
- I have added 3/4 cup nuts, 1/4 cup cocoa (sifted with the flour), 1 tbsp instant coffee, etc--it's a nice recipe to experiment with.
- You can also make these into cupcakes--fill cupcake papers 3/4 full, bake about 12 minutes, makes about 24.
This had an acceptable flavor, but the texture was rubbery. It also had a strong eggy smell which my husband couldn't stomach. We won't be making this again.