Monday, August 25, 2014

earl grey chiffon cake

A while ago, I baked a banana bread. Then a day later, craving for a chiffon, I decided to bake an Earl Grey chiffon cake.
I love Earl Grey tea. It has such wonderful aroma. I am not a big tea drinker but ever so once in a while I'd crave for some Earl Grey tea.

When it comes to baking though, I am pretty sure I love anything that contains Earl Grey tea.

The first time I made this chiffon cake, I really fell in love with it.
Chiffon cakes are not the easiest to make. Indeed, I tried quite a few times before I was able to get it (almost) right. My chiffons are much better than they used to be but I still have a lot to learn!

I have listed the steps to make this chiffon below, in case you wanna make one too!

First of all I emptied the contents of 6 bags of Earl Grey tea bags into a jug.
I added hot water, gave it all a stir, and set this aside.
In a mixing bowl, I mixed the egg yolks, sugar and salt until the mixture was light and creamy.
Into this, I added the oil, and continued mixing for about 2 more minutes.
Then in went the tea leaves and water.
Finally, I added the flour/baking powder in 2 additions and mixed to combine.
This was set aside.

In a clean (make sure it is clean!!) mixing bowl, I whisked the egg whites until they turned foamy.
I added the cream of tartar.
Don't stop mixing.

When the whites have reached the soft peak stage, I added the sugar slowly, mixing all the while.
Until the mixture had reached the stiff peak stage.
I added a third of the whites to the yolk mixture, and using my hand, I stirred the whites into the yolk mixture.
Then I folded the rest of the whites into the yolk mixture very gently in two additions.

And this was poured into an UNGREASED chiffon pan.
I gave the pan a few taps (gentle, please!) to remove the larger air pockets, and baked the cake.
Every oven is different and this is a rather delicate cake so you do need to keep and eye on it occasionally.

In the event that you find that your cake is too brown, you can place a piece of aluminium foil on it and continue baking. Alternatively, you can also reduce the temperature to 150°C if your oven tends to get hot.

The other key point to remember, of course, is that you must never grease a chiffon pan. The cake needs to be able to cling to the sides of the pan to climb up. Greased pan = flat cake.

When the cake was baked, turn the pan upside down and allow the cake to cool completely before removing it from the pan.
I love chiffons. I guess if there is such a thing, then chiffons are my comfort cakes as they were the only thing I could eat when I was down with sore throats when I was a kid.
So if you are feeling the urge to bake a chiffon, I'd say, "Do it!". A home made chiffon cake is a thing of beauty.

:)

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RECIPE
Earl Grey Chiffon Cake (Serves 12-16)

Ingredients:
6 large egg yolks
30g caster sugar
1/2 tsp salt
80g vegetable oil - I used canola oil
120ml hot water
6 bags Earl Grey Tea - I used Twinnings
150g cake flour
3/4 tsp baking powder

6 egg whites
130g caster sugar
1/2 tsp cream of tartar

Method:
1. Preheat oven to 160°C.
2. Cut the tea bags, pour contents into a bowl. Add hot water and mix. Set aside.
3. Sift flour and baking powder.
4. Using the paddle of a mixer, mix egg yolks, salt, and sugar until mixture is light and creamy.
5. Add oil, and continue to whisk for about 2 minutes. Add tea and leaves. Whisk for an additional one minute.
6. Add flour and baking powder in 2 batches. Mix until all the flour has been incorporated. Set this mixture aside.
7. Using the whisk of a mixer, whisk the egg whites until they are foamy. Add the cream of tartar and continue whisking until soft peaks form.
8. Add sugar gradually. Whisk until stiff peaks form.
9. Add 1/3 of the egg white mixture to the egg yolk mixture. Mix.
10. Add 1/2 of the remaining egg white mixture into egg yolk mixture. Gently fold the egg white mixture into the egg yolk mixture. Repeat with remaining egg white mixture.
11. Transfer to a chiffon pan. Tap gently to remove the larger pockets of air.
12. Bake for 55 minutes.
13. Once baked (a skewer inserted emerges cleanly), invert pan and cool cake completely.
14. When completely cool, remove cake from pan and serve.


This post is linked to the event, Little Thumbs Up organised by Bake for Happy Kids and My Little Favourite DIY, and hosted by Diana from the Domestic Goddess Wannabe.


6 comments:

  1. Hi, Diana. No wonder this cake smell so good...6 bags of earl grey tea! Heeheehee...

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  2. LOOKS SOOOO GOOD! one day.... one day....

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  3. Diana, I love chiffon cakes! They are so light and airy and I swear I can eat the whole cake (just that I have not attempted as yet hee..hee..). I am embarrassed to say that I have never drunk Earl Grey tea before. Oh dear....but I'll get to it one day :)

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  4. Diana, your chiffon is pretty and tall. Earl grey tea flavour is one that I wanna try out too, must go dig out my twg earl grey leaves 1st lol.

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