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Savannah Cream Cake

1 envelope (1/4 ounce) unflavoured gelatine
5 extra-large egg yolks
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup dry sherry
2 3/4 cups heavy cream, chilled
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
Angel Food Cake, cut into 1 inch squares
1 cup fresh strawberries, sliced
1 1/2 cups fresh raspberries
1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

In a small bowl, sprinkle the gelatin into 1/2 cup of cold water
and let soften.

In a medium bowl, beat the egg yolks and 1/2 cup of the sugar until
the mixture thickens and turns pale yellow, about 2 minutes. Stir
in the sherry and 1/4 cup water.

Scrape the egg yolk mixture into a heavy medium saucepan and cook
over moderate heat, stirring constantly, until the custard thickens
enough to coat the back of a spoon lightly; do not let boil. Strain
the custard into a large bowl and whisk in the sofened gelatine;
set aside.

In a large bowl, whip 2 cups of the cream until it begins to thicken.
Gradually beat in 1/4 cup of the sugar and the vanilla. Continue
to beat until moderately stiff. Cover and refrigerate the whipped

Set the bowl containing the custard and gelatine into a large bowl
of ice and water. Whisk gently until the custard is cold and
begining to set, 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from the ice and fold in
the whipped cream.

Fold the Angel Food Cake squares into the custard cream until they
are completely coated. Spoon this mixture into a buttered 10 inch
tube pan. Cover and refrigerate until set, 1 to 2 hours.

Meanwhile, in a food processor, combine the strawberries, 1 cups
of the raspberries, the remaining 1/4 cup sugar and the lemon juice;
puree until smooth. Strain if desired to remove the seeds. Cover
and refrigerate the strawberry-raspberry sauce until chilled.

Beat the remaining 3/4 cup cream until moderately stiff.

To unmold the cake, wrap the tube pan briefly in a hot wet towel;
run a knife around the edge. Unmold the cake onto a platter and
cover with the whipped cream. Garnish the cake with the remaining
1/2 cup raspberries and serve the strawberry-raspberry sauce on
the side.

Angel Food Cake

1 cup plus 2 tablespoons cake flour
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, preferably freshly grated
1 1/2 cups sugar
12 extra-large egg whites
1 1/4 teaspoons cream of tartar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 374F. Sift together the cake flour, nutmeg
and 1/2 cup of the sugar.

In a large bowl, beat the egg whites until frothy. Add the cream
of tartar and salt. Continue beating until soft peaks form.
Gradually beat in the remaining 1 cup sugar, 1 tablespoon at a
time, until very stiff shiny peaks form. Beat in the vanilla and
fold in the flour mixture.

Turn the batter into an ungreased 10 inch tube pan and bake for 30
minutes, or until a cake tester inserted in the center comes out
clean. Invert onto a rack to cool.


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