You need only three ingredients to make the Superb Sponge Cake Recipe ( Pan di Spagna): eggs, flour, and sugar.

When I was a child, my grandmother allowed her grandchildren to sleep at her house one day a week. For us children, it was a big gathering.
The following day, for breakfast on the table, a soft Superb Sponge Cake, freshly baked with a vanilla and lemon fragrance, was dipped in fresh milk, bringing love and warmth throughout my body.

The Sponge cake—Pan di Spagna—was created by a chef from Genoa, Giovan Battista Cabona, in the 1700s. He was accompanying the Marquis Domenico Pallavicini in Madrid for an important banquet. For that occasion, he served a very light and fluffy dessert. The Cake pleased the Spanish Royal, who named it “Pate`Genoise.”
Later, it took the name “Pan di Spagna” and made some changes in the cake preparation.

Genoa is the beautiful capital of the Riviera Ligure.

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Francesco Petrarca (a writer, poet, and Italian philosopher, considered the founder of humanism and one of the cornerstones of Italian literature) called Genoa “La Superba” The Superb.

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Superb Sponge Cake Recipe (Pan di Spagna)

Prep Time 15 mins Cook Time 35 mins Total Time 50 mins Difficulty: Beginner Servings: 8 Best Season: Suitable throughout the year

Description

You need only three ingredients to make the Superb Sponge Cake Recipe ( Pan di Spagna): eggs, flour, and sugar.

Ingredients

Instructions

    • Mix the eggs with the sugar. Beat the mixture in a mixer for 15 minutes at medium speed. (*)
    • Add the sifted flour and starch potatoes with a spatula from the bottom to the top to obtain a homogeneous consistency.
    • Put the mixture into the cake pan (24 cm in diameter – 9-inch round, and 1 1/2 inch deep) properly greased and lightly floured.
    • Bake in a preheated oven at 180°C (356°F) for about 40-50 minutes; never open the oven before 35 minutes.
    • Do the toothpick test to check cooking,  insert it in centers, and it has to come out clean.
    • After the time necessary, allow it to cool and remove it from the mold.
    • Allow the sponge cake to cool completely before slicing.

Note

(*) Low or high-speed results in poor air absorption. If you beat the eggs for a long time, the cake loses its consistency during cooking.

Keywords: sponge cake, pan di Spagna
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