Vanilla Sponge Drops

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 simmering water to help the process.

2 medium eggs
75g  caster sugar
75g  gluten-free plain flour
1 teaspoon gluten-free baking powder
a pinch xanthan gum

What to do
Preheat your oven to 200 C / 400 F / Gas 6.  Lightly oil and flour a baking tray.

Lightly whisk the eggs together.

Add the caster sugar and whisk again, continuing until the mixture becomes thick and creamy-white in colour.

Sift together the gluten-free flour, gluten-free baking powder and xanthan gum.

Gently fold the flour into the egg and sugar mixture with a metal spoon, until evenly distributed.

Carefully place small spoonfuls of mixture on to your prepared baking tray, well apart as they will expand during baking.

Bake for 5 minutes and do not open the oven door until the cooking time is up.

Leave to cool, then fill and sandwich with dairy-free vanilla buttercream and jam.