Strawberry Custard Angel Food Shortcake

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The refreshing combination of strawberries and cream is something that almost everyone loves, but this strawberry angel food shortcake recipe takes it one step further by adding a creamy custard layer to the cake. Impressive enough to serve for a special dinner, like a birthday party, this angel food cake recipe is also deceptively simple. This strawberry cake recipe involves preparing a classic vanilla custard, which can be prepared in a matter of minutes, then chilled, as a fast make-ahead component to this cake. The angel food cake recipe is also as easy as any that you have tried, becoming light and fluffy from whipped egg whites. Topped with ruby red, glistening strawberry slices and cloud-like cream, this strawberry shortcake recipe will wow everyone who eats it.

As far as easy strawberry desserts go, this angel food cake recipe is not quite as simple as buying individual sponge cake shells at the store and topping with berries, but it is still easy enough and its show-stopping quality will have you making it your go-to dessert for any occasion. This cake is also fitting for friday night dinner ideas, when you have a little extra time to do something truly special. This strawberry cake recipe would be excellent in the summer after a grilled steak dinner with asparagus and a baked potato, but also as delicious when served at an Easter gathering with its eye-popping colours or when adorning a potluck table for a baby shower.

This strawberry cake recipe is elegant while also being a good comfort dessert with flavours that are familiar to everyone. The main tastes that this angel food cake relies on are vanilla bean and vanilla extract, and because of its simplicity, you will want to make sure to get the best quality vanilla as possible. Vanilla beans are expensive, so you can forgo using it in the custard if you prefer and replace it with vanilla extract, but if you are making this dessert recipe for a particular occasion, the vanilla bean seeds add delicious flavour and speckle the custard in a pretty way. You can purchase either pure or artificial vanilla extract, but choose to use pure, as this will yield the best taste. Imitation or artificial vanilla is produced from vanillin, a synthetic compound that gives natural vanilla its flavour, but the taste won’t have the same depth and quality that pure vanilla or vanilla beans have.

This strawberry custard cake is a must-make dessert during strawberry season when they are at their best, but if you must make this during the winter with imported berries, there are ways to boost their flavour. All you have to do is sprinkle the sliced strawberries with granulated sugar or confectioner’s sugar. Sugar seasons the berries, almost like salt does with other foods and helps bring out their natural sweetness when they are not at their prime. Thank you to Barry, the author of ‘Rock Recipes’ recipe blog, for sharing his stunning strawberry custard angel food shortcake recipe with us.**

Nutrition Facts of Strawberry Custard Angel Food ShortCake by Rock Recipes
Ingredients: Milk, vanilla bean, all purpose flour, sugar, salt, eggs, butter, vanilla extract, icing sugar, cake flour, salt, cream of tartar, whipping cream, strawberries.
* Percentages (%) are based on a 2000 calorie diet * The entire recipe has been calculated for 12 servings *Per Serving: Calories 168, Calories from Fat 54, Total Fat 6.0g (9%), Saturated Fat 3.4g (17%), Cholesterol 51mg (17%), Sodium 82mg (3%), Potassium 110mg (3%), Carbohydrates 24.6g (8%), Dietary Fiber 1.0g (4%), Sugars 16.3g, Protein 3.7g, Vitamin A 4% · Vitamin C 37%, Calcium 2%, Iron 4% .

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