How to make Pan di Spagna - Italian Sponge Cake

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Pan di Spagna literary translates to sponge cake. Italian sponge cake is a straightforward cake made with just three ingredients: eggs, flour, and sugar.

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The sponge cake was first known as Pâte Génoise, or Genoese pasta, in the middle of the 18th century.

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For this dish, just three ingredients are required, eggs flour and sugar. Flavorings and toppings are optional.

Set the oven’s temperature to 335 °F (170 °C). Use baking spray or butter and flour a pan that is 8 inches (20 cm) in diameter.

Beat the eggs, salt, sugar, and lemon zest in a stand mixer bowl with a whisk attachment until extremely frothy and light yellow.

Sift small amounts at a time of flour over the egg mixture and gently fold it in with a spatula to combine. Avoid overmixing to prevent deflating the batter.

In the prepared pan, pour the batter. Keep it as is, don’t smooth the top or smash the pan on the counter! Bake for 40 minutes. (Keep in mind: wait the first 30 minutes before opening the oven.)

After turning off the oven, leave the cake inside for 5 to 10 minutes to allow it to cool down gradually. To keep the door slightly ajar, use a wooden spoon.

Serving Recommendations Add whipped mascarpone, jam, and fresh berries to the top layer. Stuff it with chocolate ganache, pastry cream, whipped cream, or lemon curd. .

You can also use it to make tiramisu or British trifles by cutting it into squares. Or use your imagination, the possibilities are endless.

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