Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Blueberry Cornmeal Cake

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Berries are in season now and I usually buy whatever it is that’s on sale in my grocery store. Last week, I picked up 2 pints of blueberries. After leaving them sitting in the refrigerator for almost a week, I finally decided to make a blueberry crumb cake using a recipe I’d come across in a magazine.
Now, I’ve never been one to follow any given recipe exactly- I usually just take the general idea and go from there. This time too it was no different. I started out by making a couple of minor changes to the original recipe. By the time I was done though, I’d tweaked the recipe to such an extent that it looked nothing like the original- what started out as a recipe for a blueberry crumb cake ended up becoming one for a blueberry cornmeal cake! But it turned out pretty well, and so I wanted to document it for myself.

Here's what I used-

Dry ingredients:
1 cup all-purpose flour
½ cup fine white cornmeal
1 ½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
A pinch of salt

Wet ingredients:
2 eggs
½ cup sour cream (I used light)
¼ cup oil
1 cup brown sugar (use more for a sweeter cake)
Juice of 1 lemon
Zest of one lemon
1 pint fresh blueberries

Method:
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Grease a foil-lined round pan/baking dish with oil.


In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, oil, sour cream, sugar, lemon juice, and lemon zest until smooth.

Add flour, cornmeal, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; whisk gently to combine.

Toss in the blueberries (reserve a few for topping the batter) and mix gently.
Pour the batter into the pan; sprinkle the remaining blueberries on top.

Bake until the cake is cooked and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 30-35 minutes. Cool, cut in wedges, and serve.

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21 Burps:

Nags said...

cornmeal is different from cornflour right?

Prathibha said...

OMG those pics are just drool worthy..looks so nice..

RAKS KITCHEN said...

That freshly baked cake makes me hungry TBC!!
Looks so moist,tempting me :)

Parita said...

The cake has baked beautifully!

Lisa said...

Gorgeous! I have often paired blueberries with cornmeal. One of my favorite sweet combos in muffins and cakes.

Uma said...

You always amaze me with your creations! That cake looks super delicious and tempting :)

Laavanya said...

I have 3 boxes of blueberries too but too lazy to make anything with them and I've just been eating them plain :) This cake looks fabulous and the cornmeal must give it a nice texture.

Kalai said...

Gorgeous and moist cake! Blueberry and cornmeal are so yummy together, aren't they? :)

Vaishali said...

Yeah, it really is blueberry season-- I just posted a blueberry recipe too. Love the idea of a cornmeal cake, TBC-- never tried that before. It looks divine.

Soma said...

u had blueberry sitting in the fridge for that long? ! ours don't even make it to the fridge after we buy them.. they are all gone before that:-) so i hardly get to make anything with them.

This looks absolutely gorgeous!

Kevin said...

The cake looks really good! Blueberries go well in cornmeal baked goods.

Rajitha said...

Budding...you are such a show off man :D...now when are you going to make these for me???...looks absolutely delicious...

CHAITRA said...

Sounds inviting and tasty!!!
Love it!!!
Drop in sometime to my blog!!

Madhuram said...

What a coincidence? I too posted a blueberry coffee cake recipe recently minus cornmeal and eggs and buttermilk instead of sour cream. It does taste very good.

Rajitha said...

TBC!!!!

Nupur said...

Love the contrasting colors- golden and purple :)

TBC said...


Just a couple of weeks late responding to the comments here. ;-) Sorry, you know how life tends to get in the way sometimes...


Nags- yes, it is- but you already knew that, right? I assume you were just thinking out loud. ;-)


Pratibha, Rak's Kitchen & Parita- thank you.:D


Lisa- they are indeed a good combination. The cornmeal gives it a slight crunch too.


Uma- likewise! You come up with the most interesting dishes.:)


Laavanya- eating them as is is good too. I do that sometimes.:)


Kalai- thanks.:) Yeah, they do make a rather good combination.


Vaishali- Checked out your muffins; they look fantastic. There's so much one can do with berries, right? :)


Soma- Oh! It's just the opposite with me- you see, I don't usually like to eat blueberries just like that, the way I would strawberries or cherries. So the box sat like that in the fridge while I was looking for the " perfect" recipe.:)


Kevin- thank you.:)


Rajitha- :)thank you.
You get these whenever you decide to visit me.:)


Chaitra- thank you...will do sometime soon. :)


Madhuram- I took a look at yours after I saw your comment. Looks fantastic! Your pics are really good. S is doing a fantastic job. :)
Actually I started out wanting to make a coffee cake and ended up making this instead.:)


Rajitha- yes??? :D


Nupur- thank you.:)


Bithika said...

Can you please tell where is Blueberry available in Mumbai? I have been looking for it for quite some time now but in vain.

Thanks,

Bithika (b.bithika@gmail.com)

TBC said...

Bithika- I really have no idea...I no longer live in Mumbai and even when I did, I do not remember seeing blueberries there- but this was a long, long time ago. I'm sure they're available now at least in their frozen form if not fresh- I'm just not sure where. Have u tried looking on the Internet?

Latha said...

hey please tell me where are blu berries available in Mumbai???? and whats its apprx price???

TBC said...

Latha- I have no idea- why don't you try googling it for some information?

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