Russian Cuisine
 


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  BASIC SPONGE CAKE

Ingredients

4 large eggs, separated and at room temperature
A pinch of salt
2/3 cup sugar, in all
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
2/3 cup cake flour, sifted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract, freshly grated lemon r
A 9-inch round spring-form baking pan
Wax paper f

Description
This is a cake of many virtues: it is fragrant, soft, and springy. It has a fine texture, excellent body, does not crumble, and stays moist for a long time, all of which make it a splendid base for many fillings and toppings. This basic recipe can be

Method
Place the baking rack at the middle level of the oven and preheat the oven to 350F. Line a 9-inch spring-form pan with wax paper and butter the paper. In a large bowl, using a wooden spoon, vigorously beat the egg yolks with a pinch of salt for 30

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