Saturday

Vanilla Sponge Drops



Note:
 A true sponge does not contain fat, either butter or margarine.  The eggs and the sugar are whisked together until they become thick and creamy-white in colour.  Using an electric whisk is the quicker option but it is perfectly possible to produce the same results whisking by hand.  Forty years ago my grandma shared with me her secret of placing the bowl over hot water when whisking by hand to speed up the process.

Ingredients:

2 medium eggs
75 g (3 oz) caster sugar
75 g (3 oz) gluten-free flour
1 x 5 ml spoon (1 teaspoon) gluten-free baking powder
a pinch xanthan gum

What to do:

  1. Preheat your oven to 200'C / 400'F / Gas 6.
  2. Lightly oil and flour a baking tray.
  3. In a medium bowl lightly whisk the eggs.
  4. Add the caster sugar and whisk again, continuing until the mixture becomes thick and creamy-white in colour.
  5. In another bowl, sift together the gluten-free flour, gluten-free baking powder and xanthan gum.
  6. Very gently fold the flour into the egg and sugar mixture with a metal spoon, until evenly distributed.
  7. Carefully place small spoonfuls of mixture on to your prepared baking tray, well apart as they will expand during baking.
  8. Bake for 5 minutes and do not open the oven door until the cooking time is up.
  9. Leave to cool, then fill and sandwich with dairy-free vanilla buttercream and jam.