A little late here with my Food Matters Project post, but better than never, right? And this is a good one to keep in your back pocket, a quick dessert- perfect to make before friends stop by for a mid-week dinner.
This weeks host is Jen, of Prairiesummers. She chose Mark Bittman’s Apricot Polenta Cake. Check out her version, and what everyone else made here.
I was very excited to make this since I’ve been saving a very similar recipe from A Meandering Mango. When I was making this, I decided to take a little from both recipes and make my own version. Mine tasted very similar to a lemon bar, refreshing and light.
This cake is a perfect way to celebrate a little milestone in our house! This past weekend we visited Philadelphia, and ran the Rock ‘n Roll Half Marathon! It was Sam’s first half, and he had fun doing it! I’m very proud, and excited that there will be another race in the near future!
Lemon Cornmeal Cake
Adapted from: The Food Matters Cookbook (pg. 560) & A Meandering Mango
3/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup olive oil
juice & zest of 1 lemon
juice & zest of 1 lime
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup cornmeal
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/4 cup water
1/2 cup white all-purpose flour
1/2 apple, slices*
2-3 fresh figs, finely chopped*
Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Spray your baking dish with non-stick cooking spray (or use butter or olive oil).
In a stand mixer whisk together the eggs and sugar for about 5 minutes, until fluffy and creamy. Slowly add in the olive oil, lemon and lime juices, lemon and lime zest, and vanilla extract. Lightly whisk the ingredients together.
In a small pot, mix together the cornmeal and salt. Then whisk in the water, until it is lump-free. Set the pot over medium heat, whisk frequently and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat, and cook until the water is absorbed. Then set aside and allow to cool.
Stir in the flour and cornmeal mixture into the mixing bowl with eggs and sugar. Stir well, then pour into the sprayed baking dish.
Arrange the apples and figs on top of the cake. Bake for 40 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean from the cake. Allow to cool about 15 minutes before cutting it.
*Other alternatives for toppings or frosting: fresh berries, fruit soaked in liquor or honey, ground nuts or coconut, powdered sugar or a honey drizzle! Be creative, and let me know what worked!