Friday, January 30, 2015

Blueberry Cornmeal Cake and Friday Faves

Favorite Eats:

This is so so yummy.  And it's perfect any time of the day.  It's got cornmeal and blueberries in it so that's just like eating grits with fruit which makes it perfect for breakfast.  And it's got flour and sugar so that means it's probably a dessert which makes it perfect for any other time of the day.  Boom.

And when you make this, whatever you do, don't forget to sprinkle the sugar on top before you pop it in the oven.  That crispy, sugary, crunch on the top is to die.

Oh and you know what would be great with this when you serve it for dessert?  THIS gelato. Ermahgawd.

Here's the recipe:

Blueberry Cornmeal Cake


3/4 cup unsalted butter, cubed, at room temperature
3/4 cup sugar, plus 2 tbsp
1 1/2 tsp kosher salt
2 eggs
4 1/2 tbsp canola oil
3 tbsp maple syrup
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup cornmeal
2 1/4 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp baking soda
1 cup whole plain yogurt
1/2 cup plus 1 tbsp ricotta
1 cup fresh blueberries


Position a rack in the middle of your oven and preheat to 350 deg. F.  Line with parchment and grease a 10-inch round cake pan.  (I used my 10-inch springform)

In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter, 3/4 cup plus 3 tbsp sugar, and salt on a medium-high speed, until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.  Incorporate the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.  Be sure to scrape the sides of the bowl well.

With the mixer on low speed, pour in the canola oil, maple syrup, and vanilla.  Pause mixing and add the flour, cornmeal, baking powder, baking soda, yogurt and ricotta.  Mix cautiously, just until incorporated.  Do not overmix!

Scoop the batter into the prepared pan, top with the blueberries, and sprinkle with the remaining sugar.  Bake for 1 hour and 10 minutes, or until a cake tester comes out clean.  Do not over bake.  Allow to cool for about 15 minutes in the pan.

Place a flat plate on top of the cake and pan.  Carefully invert the cake onto the plate by flipping both upside down,  Then lift the pan off the cake,  Gently pull the parchment from every nook and cranny of the cake, being careful not to break the cake.  Rest your serving plate on the bottom of the cake and turn the cake right-side up onto the plate.

Favorite Super Bowl Food:

I already warned you that I'll be making these nachos, but here's the rest of the plan for the last football game for two hundred and twenty days.  

These meatballs minus the spaghetti.

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And this easy Cheese and Roasted Garlic Pull-Apart Bread.  Doesn't that just make your mouth water??  And it's made with packaged biscuits, y'all.  

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And if you need further inspiration for Sunday, check out this post by Lady and Pups....I want invited to her party!

Other Favorite Food from around the web:

This Charred Cauliflower look like a perfect weeknight side.

Bon Appetit offered up their favorite "back of the package" recipes.  I'll second the motion for the chocolate chip cookies and the pumpkin pie.

Food and Wine posted this Mad Genius tip this week.....

And The Kitchn tested it out.....WIN!!

Favorite T-shirts:

Since I live in Alabama, you can be damn sure that I've ordered at least two Buckeye national championship t-shirts for every day of the week.  The ones from Homage and Lamp Apparel are, by far, my favorite.  They're soft like you favorite concert t-shirt from high school and just a tad more creative than what you'll find at your local sporting goods store.  Check them out.
Favorite Photos:

Photographer, Ken Scott, has assembled some of the most stunning winter images of Northern Michigan's ice caves that I've ever seen.  It almost makes me want to go see them in person.  Almost

Ken Scott Photography

Favorite Tunes:

Favorite New Product:

I bought a jar of this bourbon infused honey (YES...BOURBON infused HONEY) at Whole Paycheck Foods the other day and OMG.  If you don't have a Whole Foods, buy it here.  It has be generously added to every cup of tea I've had since it made it's way into my kitchen.

Other Favorite tidbits from around the web:

The 25 most popular homes on Houzz.  (Houzz is my own personal crack.)

What tips mean to the people that depend on them.  Don't be cheap, people.

Just one more reason to love JLaw!

Inside the mind of Tom Brady.  If you're a fan (this girl IS), then you'll enjoy this article.  If you're a hater, this will probably confirm why!

Deceit in Napa.  The cynic in me thinks this happens waaaaay more than is caught.

Should you add coconut oil to your pet's diet?  Apparently so.

One word.  Floss.

Remember when I mentioned that I wasn't a fan of modern day country music?  Here's why in one 
(or 6) song....

Have a great weekend!  Go Patriots.

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