Friday, April 23, 2010

Not too Sweet

I am such a sweets lover that I tend to forget that there are people who do not like dessert or things sweet.  Hard for me to imagine, but they do exist. So it is nice to have a few baked items that are particularly great for breakfast or in the afternoon with a cup of tea or coffee that are not so much a dessert, as a little sweet pick me up for those who don’t care for things rich and gooey.  

Blueberry Cornmeal Cake adapted from the Huckleberry Bakery and Café in Santa Monica, CA

This recipe calls for fresh blueberries. I couldn’t get decent fresh blueberries and used frozen instead.  I highly recommend only using fresh blueberries. The cake still tasted good, but the blueberries kind of melted into the cake.
1 ½ cups all purpose flour
2/3 cup yellow cornmeal
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
6 tablespoons vegetable oil (I used canola oil)
2 large eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon honey
10 tablespoons unsalted butter at room temperature
¾ cup plus 3 tablespoons sugar, divided
1 ½ teaspoons salt
1 cup ricotta cheese (I used whole milk)
1/3 cup plain yogurt
3 cups fresh blueberries

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Spray 10-in diameter springform pan with 2 ¾ inch sides with non-stick spray.  Whisk flour, cornmeal, baking powder and baking soda in a medium bowl.  In another bowl, whisk oil, eggs, vanilla and honey.  Set aside.  Using an electric mixer, beat the butter with ¾ cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar and 1 ½ teaspoons salt in a large bowl until creamy.  With mixer running on medium speed, gradually add egg mixture and beat to blend. Beat in flour mixture to blend. Add ricotta cheese and yogurt and beat on low just to blend.  Batter will be thick.  Pour half of the batter into the prepared pan.  Scatter 1 ½ cups of blueberries over it.  Spoon remaining batter over in dollops and then spread to cover blueberries.  Scatter remaining blueberries on top. Sprinkle with 1 tablespoon of sugar.

Bake until top is golden brown and tester inserted in the center comes out clean, about 1 hour and 15 minutes.  Cool completely.

((post by susan))

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