August 23, 2020 – National Ride The Wind Day | National Sponge Cake Day

Today Is All About Rising To The Challenge.

Welcome to  August 23rd, 2020 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate the challenge of reaching new heights.   

For as long as we have been watching birds fly, humankind has wanted to join them.  The Wright Brothers achieved this in 1903 with a combustion engine plane, but it turns out that a human powered aircraft was much tougher to build.  To create some incentive the Royal Aeronautical Society announced the Kremer Competition in 1959 with a prize of 50,000 pounds.  But the strict figure 8 course was tough to navigate and the prize was not awarded until August 23rd, 1977. That’s when Paul MacCready’s Gossamer Condor 2 beat the Japanese Stork and a year’s worth of work paid off big! On National RideThe Wind Day visit the Smithsonian where the Gossamer Condor 2 is displayed next to the Wright Brothers Plane and the Apollo 11 moon capsule.  

And if you enjoy a good baking challenge, set your sights on the airy rise of a perfect sponge cake.  One of the most difficult cakes for bakers to master, sponge cake makes the perfect backdrop for berries and cream or even a simple dusting of powdered sugar.  And if you are intrigued by this challenge, here are a few tips to ensure your success. Start with sifting the flour.  Sifting adds air which makes for a lighter batter.  Cake flour is more finely milled, and also helps produce a finer crumb.  For egg whites that whip to the highest heights, use the freshest eggs you can buy.  And finally, it is said that a happy baker will produce a lighter cake.  If you need help with that one, invite over a friend, who will celebrate your victory no matter what the results on National Sponge Cake Day.

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