It’s been a while since I’ve done any baking, but I was in one of those moods yesterday to make something from scratch. I was searching for recipes using only bread flour (I currently have only bread flour at home) and that’s when I discovered Castella.
Castella is a Japanese sponge cake that was originally introduced to Japan by the Portuguese in the 16th century. It is light, spongy, and moist with just the right amount of sweetness. The ingredients are very simple. All I used were eggs, honey, sugar, bread flour and a bit of water. I always like to add half the amount of sugar that recipes call for, and that turned out to be a wise decision, otherwise the cake would have been way too sweet.
The ingredients to make one loaf of Castella are:
– 6 large eggs
– 5 tablespoons of honey
– 1 cup of bread flour
– 1/2 cup of sugar
Preheat the oven at 320 F, then sift the flour twice. Next, beat the eggs until it becomes frothy and add the sugar in. I beat the mixture for about 5 minutes on high speed until it became thicker in texture and had a pale yellow colour. At this point, mix a bit of warm water into the honey (I used unpasteurized honey, I don’t know if it makes a big difference if it’s pasteurized) and add the honey into the rest of the mixture. Finally, you will add the bread flour in gradually and beat until it’s nice and smooth before pouring into your loaf pan. You can bake it for 35-40 minutes. Your loaf should become golden brown. When it’s cooled, slice it up and voilá!
This is so easy to make and smells and tastes delicious!