I saw some pink lemons at the grocery store the past weekend. I’ve only heard about them so I bought some home out of curiosity. Pink variegated lemons have yellow-and-green-striped rind which fades when ripening. The flesh is pink due to lycopene, a red carotenoid pigment that is also found in tomatoes, watermelons and pink grapefruits. Pink lemons are rich in scent, less bitter and have a sweeter flavor than regular lemons, making them a very good candidate for desserts. To make the cake more fragrant I’ve included finely grated lemon zest in my recipe. My trick is to rub the zest into the sugar. This will release natural oils into the sugar and intensify the aroma.
I used my new chiffon cake pan this time and immediately fell in love with it (a big thank you to Karen and Ronny who sent me such an awesome pan). This Japanese-style chiffon cake pan is taller than typical chiffon cake pans and has a very tall tube down the center so I could make my chiffon cake extra tall. Its seamless design has made cleaning a lot easier since nothing would be stuck around the bottom of the tube. What amazed me even more is the rolled edges. All, yes I mean ALL of the edges are rolled and are super smooth (yes I’ve run my finger through all the edges for a test)!!! None of my Wilton nor Nordic Ware tube pan has rolled edge on the bottom. I have had finger cut carelessly a few times while washing the cake pan. I truly appreciate that the Japanese has taken safety into consideration even when manufacturing cake pans and just this thoughtfulness would deserve a five star rating. So if you are shopping for a chiffon cake pan, I would definitely recommend Japanese brand.
這次用了新添置的戚風模，用後立刻愛上了(在此要多謝Karen和Ronny的送贈)！這日本製的加高戚風模比一般戚風模高，煙囪也特別長，可供焗製更高身的戚風蛋糕。 其一體成型的設計方便了清洗，污漬不會殘留在煙囪管接縫中。 不得不提的是模邊的捲邊做工，整個模的邊緣裡裡外外都是超平滑的(是的，EC已把模邊徹底摸過一遍)，連底部也是如此，這是Wilton和Nordic Ware中空模都沒有的。EC曾有清洗模具時不小心被模邊鎅破手指頭的經驗，因此十分欣賞日本人的細心，連製造蛋糕模也會注意安全，光是這個貼心的不傷手設計已值五粒星了！倘若大家想購買戚風模，EC真心推介日本品牌！
Lemon Chiffon Cake
For 17 cm extra tall Japanese style chiffon pan
1/4 tsp finely grated lemon zest
25 g granulated sugar (I used organic sugar)
80 g cake and pastry flour
A pinch of salt
4 large egg yolks
40 g grapeseed oil
50 g lemon juice (preferably pink variegated or meyer lemon)
15 g water
4 large egg whites
1/4 tsp cream of tartar
40 g granulated sugar (I used organic sugar)
Notes: The eggs I use are about 50 – 55 g each without shells.
檸檬汁 50克(最好用粉紅或美雅檸檬 meyer lemon)
In a small bowl, rub lemon zest into 25 g of sugar with fingers until fragrant. Set aside. Preheat oven to 325ºF/170ºC
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, salt and zest-sugar. Make a well in the center then pour in egg yolks, oil, lemon juice and water. Whisk gently until incorporated. Set aside.
With a hand mixer or a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whip egg whites until foamy. Add cream of tartar (to stabilize the meringue) and continue beating until soft peaks form. Gradually add 40 g of sugar in batches and continue beating until glossy and firm peaks form. When you lift up the whisk, the peak will hold its shape but the tip will fall back slightly.
Scoop about one third of the meringue into the yolk mixture and fold with a whisk to lighten. Then scrape this back into the bowl of meringue. Fold gently and thoroughly (so you don’t deflate the meringue) with a spatula until homogeneous.
Pour into an ungreased tube pan. Tap pan against the kitchen countertop several times to get rid of any large air bubbles. Smooth top with an offset spatula.
Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until a wooden skewer inserted in the center of cake comes out clean. Every oven is different so adjust baking time accordingly. Drop cake pan on the kitchen countertop at a distance upon removal from the oven. This will release any gas trapped in the cake cells and minimize shrinkage. Invert pan on a wire rack to cool completely before unmolding.
Pink variegated lemon has pink flesh due to lycopene.
Japanese chiffon cake pan (right) is taller than regular tube pan (left). Its seamless design makes cleaning so much easier as nothing would be suck around the bottom of the tube.
Japanese chiffon cake pan (bottom right) has rolled edge even on the bottom of pan. The smooth-edge design is far more superior than North American brands.
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