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Angel food cake

1 cup sifted cake flour
1 3/4 cups sifted sugar
11 egg whites (1 1/2 cups) at room temperature
1 1/4 teaspoons cream of tartar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon almond extract

Sift the flour with half of the sugar (3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons) onto wax paper; reserve. Beat egg whites with cream of tartar and salt in large bowl of mixer at high speed until foamy-white and double in volume.

Beat in remaining 7/8 cup sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, until meringue stands in soft peaks. Fold flour mixture, 1/4 at a time, into egg white mixture with a wire whip or rubber scraper until no streaks of dry ingredients remain. Fold in vanilla and almond extract.

Pour into an ungreased 10-inch tube pan. Bake in a moderate oven (350°F) for 50 to 60 minutes or until tops spring back when lightly pressed with fingertip. Invert pan, placing tube over a quart-size soft drink bottle; let cake cool completely.

Loosen cake around the edge and the tube and down the sides with a spatula. Cover pan with a serving plate; shake gently; turn upside down; lift off pan. Serve as is or, if you wish, with sweetened fruit.

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