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Monday, June 8, 2009

Strawberry Angel Dessert

While on the topic of great summery foods, of course a few favorites of my family include dessert recipes! This one combines the delectable flavor of fresh strawberries, cool whip, Junket strawberry dessert, and MMMMM angel food cake! It is of course a must-have and is so popular with friends/family that we have actually gotten requests for this to be substituted instead of buying people gifts/money for graduation presents. (of course then it is not set out at the open house, but savored later). Of course, the best way is to make it with Dunken Hines Angel Food Cake Mix, but due to the dang gluten, we have had to experiment with our own cake recipe. This actually makes the dessert even more fun to make and gives it a bit more homeley of a feel. (however, does take a bit longer to make, but not bad!)
Gluten Free Angel Food Cake
1/4 cup Rice Flour
1/4 cup corn starch
1/4 cup tapioca flour
1/4 cup sorghum flour
1 tsp xanthan
12 egg whites, room temperature
1 1/2 tsp cream of tartar
1/4 tsp salt
2 T vanilla
1 T almond extract
1 1/2 cup sugar
Preheat oven to 325. Separate egg whites from yolks and place in steel bowl of your mixer. In another bowl, sift the flours, salt, xanthan, and 3/4 cup sugar, set aside. Beat the egg whites until foamy, then add the cream of tartar and beat until soft peaks form. Beat in other 3/4 c sugar, 1/8 cup at a time and continue to beat on high until stiff peaks form. Slowly fold in the flour mixture, about 1/4 cup at a time. Then, fold in the vanilla and almond extract. Pour batter into pan and bake for 50-55 minutes until the top is golden. Remove from oven, flip cake pan upside-down (we balance it on three upside-down cereal bowls) and let cool.

While the cake is baking, prepare the Junket Dessert. We use 2 of the boxes of Junket Strawberry Danish Dessert Mix and prepare them according to directions on the box:

Stir contents of both packages into 3 1/2 cups of cold water in a medium-large saucepan. Bring to a full boil and let boil for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from stove-top and let cool.

Strawberry Angel Dessert Recipe:

1 GF Angel Food Cake
Junket Strawberry Dessert Mix
1 container light cool whip
1 quart fresh strawberries

Once the cake has cooled, slice it into thin slices (about 1/2 inch thick). Mix the sliced strawberries into the cooled (can still be warm) Junket mix.

Place about 1/3 of the cake on the bottom of a 9 in round dish or 9x9 pan. Next, cover the cake with a layer of about 1/3 of the strawberry mixture. Cover this with about 1/3 of the cool whip. Repeat for two more layers. If you have extra strawberries (or even blueberries for a special RedWhiteBlue treat), arrange them in a decorative manner on top of the final layer of cool whip.
Dig in and enjoy! (to keep, refrigerate it or it may get a bit soupy)

**Also, in the pictures shown, we decided to experiment and use frozen raspberries instead of strawberries. For this, just use Raspberry Junket and about 5 cups of frozen berries. We were a bit skeptical as we love the strawberry version so much, but it was very good as well, and a big hit with non GF friends as well!

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