Molly’s Everyday Granola

I don’t usually stray from my mother’s granola recipe.  It is definitely one of the few recipes I make over and over again.  Basically it is my standby when people are coming to visit – it is so delicious and easy to make – and I never have to worry about it sitting in the pantry.

I happen to be a huge fan of Molly Wizenberg though – who has a column in Bon Appetit each month.  The other month she wrote about her granola recipe – and she had me sold on a single ingredient – the unsweetened coconut.  Basically I had to swap out the cranberry juice concentrate for the unsweetened coconut – and change the proportions of honey – and the recipes were almost identical.  I made some changes below based on what I had in the house – but I was very impressed.  I loved her granola – it was crunchy, sweet and the coconut was a perfect addition.  It wasn’t a strong flavor, but a subtle difference that I really enjoyed.  Next on my list – my mother’s recipe adding the unsweetened coconut – so at what point can I call it my recipe?

Ingredients

  • 3 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 3 tablespoons (packed) brown sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon (generous) salt
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 cup assorted dried fruit

Preparation

Preheat oven to 300°F. Line rimmed baking sheet with parchment. Mix first 7 ingredients in large bowl. Stir honey and oil in saucepan over medium-low heat until smooth. Pour honey mixture over oat mixture; toss. Spread on prepared sheet. Bake until golden, stirring every 10 minutes, about 40 minutes. Place sheet on rack. Stir granola; cool. Mix in fruit.

DO AHEAD Can be made 1 week ahead. Store airtight.

Makes about 5 cups.

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Chilled Avocado Soup Shots with Spicy Breadcrumbs

Avocados are one of my favorite vegetable, or is it a fruit?  Either way, I love their creamy texture, their subtle flavor – they are perfect in mexican food, on salads, to turn into a dip (guacamole) – I could go on and on…in fact, my favorite restaurant serves an Avocado Mousse for dessert.  Although I have not been able to stray from the olive oil cake to try it – but that is another post.

I saw this recipe in Bon Appetit and I knew it would be on my short list to try.  Every week when I order my fruit and vegetables from the CSA, if avocados are available, they are on my list.  This soup was OUTSTANDING!  First of all, I loved that it only took 2 avocados to make (mine were medium-sized), and what a wonderful flavor the soup had!  The breadcrumbs on top were definitely amazing with the soup – and the whole thing was so easy to make.  If you are trying to impress someone this summer, this is the perfect soup to make.  I can picture eating this soup outside when it is sweltering out – even though when I served it, it was dumping down rain and in the 50s – and yes, it is June.  No, really, I am not bitter at all.

Ingredients

Soup

  • 1 large ripe avocado (11 to 12 ounces), halved, pitted, peeled, diced
  • 1 1/2 cups (or more) vegetable broth or low-salt chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • Generous pinch of coarse kosher salt

Breadcrumbs

  • 1 4x4x1/2-inch slice soft white sandwich bread with crust
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 3/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Preparation

Soup

Place diced avocado in blender. Add 1 1/2 cups broth, whipping cream, lime juice, and coarse salt. Puree until smooth. Transfer soup to 4-cup measuring cup; add more broth by 1/4 cupfuls to thin soup, if desired. Cover and chill at least 2 hours. DO AHEAD Soup can be made up to 4 hours ahead. Keep chilled.

Breadcrumbs

Finely grind bread in processor. Melt butter in medium nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add breadcrumbs to skillet; stir until golden, about 1 minute. Add paprika, coarse salt, and cayenne; stir until crumbs are crisp, about 1 minute longer. Transfer to small bowl and cool. DO AHEAD Breadcrumbs can be made 4 hours ahead. Cover and store at room temperature.

Pour cold soup into eight 1/3-cup glasses or other small glasses. Sprinkle each serving lightly with breadcrumbs.

Makes 8 shots, or 4 small cups.

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Chocolate Chip-Peanut Butter Cookies

I love peanut butter cookies, and I love chocolate chip cookies.  When I think about the combination, this great little jingle comes into my head – “two great tastes that taste great together.”  The ironic part is that jingle is from Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups - which I really don’t like.  So why is it that I LOVE chocolate-chip peanut butter cookies – but I would choose any number of candies before I would ever eat a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup?  I think it is the sweetness – they are just too sweet for me.  Now, give me a chocolate bar, and I would gladly dip it into peanut butter – but the peanut butter in Reese’s is just not pure – it is mixed with a ton of powdered sugar. 

When I saw this recipe in Bon Appetit, what struck me was the addition of the Butterfinger Bar.  I had to give it a try – and see if adding this candy bar makes a big difference in the cookie.  These cookies were terrific – although they were very crispy.  If you like a crispy cookie – these are for you – I even removed them from the oven a good few minutes before the recipe stated – because I like my cookies soft.  Even though I prefer soft cookies, I still loved these.  The Butterfinger Bar didn’t make a huge difference, but they definitely had a buttery taste.

What I liked most about these cookies is that they are great to make with kids – you get to roll them into a ball, roll them in sugar, then smash them down.  No forks to deal with – and they don’t stick to the glass because of the sugar.  So – if you are having a Junuary where you live – and need something to do when it is dumping rain outside – I have just found you a perfect activity – and at the end, you get some delicious cookies.  What a bonus.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup natural no-stir crunchy (or chunky) peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup plus 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup (packed) golden brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup bittersweet or semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 2.1-ounce Butterfinger candy bar, chopped (scant 1/2 cup)

Preparation

Position 1 rack in top third and 1 rack in bottom third of oven and pre-heat to 375°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Whisk flour, baking powder, and salt in medium bowl to blend. Using electric mixer, beat peanut butter, butter, 1/3 cup sugar, and brown sugar in large bowl until smooth. Beat in egg and vanilla extract, then flour mixture (dough will look crumbly). Stir in bittersweet chocolate chips and chopped Butterfinger candy.

Place remaining 1/4 cup sugar in small bowl. Using 1 1/2 tablespoons dough for each cookie, roll dough between palms to form balls. Roll balls in sugar and place on prepared baking sheets, spacing 1 inch apart. Using bottom of glass or measuring cup, press cookies into 1/3-inch-thick rounds.

Bake cookies until edges are golden brown, 15 to 16 minutes, reversing sheets halfway through cooking time for even baking. Transfer parchment paper with cookies to rack and cool.

Makes about 2 1/2 dozen cookies.

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Blueberry Pancakes

 

Blueberry pancakes, what a wonderful way to wake up in the morning.  I let my older daughter choose the breakfast, and this was what she had in her mind.  I went to Epicurious, and found this perfect recipe (perfect because I had all the ingredients) from Bon Appetit.  It had almost 4 forks, which always is a good sign.  I was just a little concerned because the blueberries were gigantic.  Bigger than I had ever seen in my life – and I was worried about the weight of them in the pancakes.

Well – I had good reason to worry, this was a very tough batch.  Not only did they keep flying out when I flipped them, the first batch was raw around the blueberries.  So – I tried a different method – the same method I use with chocolate chips.  I just added the plain batter to the pan.  Just when I thought they were cooked enough to flip – I added the blueberries, and pressed them down into the batter.  I still lost a couple of blueberries, but at least they were cooked all the way through. 

These pancakes were delicious – so delicate and tender on the inside – and crisp on the outside.  The blueberries added just the right amount of sweetness for me – but of course my family doused them with maple syrup.  I am excited to try this with baby blueberries, right off the trees from our backyard – if the sun ever comes out to ripen them.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cups buttermilk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) unsalted butter, melted, plus more for cooking
  • 2 cups fresh blueberries

Preparation

Preheat oven to 250°F. Place baking sheet in oven. Whisk first 4 ingredients in large bowl. Whisk buttermilk, eggs, and 2 tablespoons butter in medium bowl; stir into dry ingredients. Fold in berries.

Heat large nonstick griddle or skillet over medium heat; brush with butter. Drop batter by 1/3 cupfuls onto griddle. Cook pancakes until brown, brushing griddle with more butter as needed, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer to sheet in oven to keep warm. Serve pancakes with maple syrup.

Makes about 12 pancakes.

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Asparagus Risotto with Oven Roasted Tomatoes

Even since I made this almost hands-free version of risotto, I have been wondering how it compares to the workout version – where you stir for at least 20 minutes.  Of course I have made risotto before, but I felt like I needed to make it again, just to be absolutely sure.  Plus, I felt like my arm needed a little exercise – typing on the computer all day does nothing for me.  I was ready.

I took this recipe out of the pantry that I found in Cooking Light, adapted it slightly to my taste, and to what I had in the refrigerator – and off I went.  I couldn’t believe it – but it tasted exactly the same.  This batch of risotto was really no better (except for the fact that it had some delicious fresh asparagus and beautifully roasted cherry tomatoes) than the hands-free version.  I guess there is really no need to ever stir risotto by hand again, unless your arm really needs to get some energy out (like we say to our kids – go run around outside, get that energy out).

This technique for roasting cherry tomatoes is also excellent over pasta with some bread crumbs and mozzarella cheese – my neighbor has an awesome recipe that I will make soon and get it on the blog.  Perfect for those vine ripened cherry tomatoes that you will start seeing in the next couple of months – or if you live in Seattle, maybe next summer.

Ingredients

  • 1  tablespoon  olive oil, divided
  • 1/2  teaspoon  salt, divided
  • 1  pint cherry tomatoes
  • 5 1/2  cups  fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 1/2  cups  chopped onion
  • 1 1/2  cups  Arborio rice
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 12  ounces  asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2  ounces  pecorino Romano cheese, divided
  • 1  tablespoon  lemon juice
  • 1/4  teaspoon  black pepper

Preparation

Preheat oven to 400°.

Toss 1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil, 1/8 teaspoon salt, and tomatoes on a parchment-lined jelly-roll pan. Bake at 400° for 15 minutes or until tomatoes burst.

Heat 5 1/2 cups broth in a saucepan over medium heat (do not boil).

Heat remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onion to pan; cook 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Add rice; cook 1 minute. Stir in white wine; cook until the liquid is absorbed, stirring constantly. Add broth, 1/2 cup at a time, stirring constantly until each portion is absorbed before adding the next (about 20 minutes total). Add asparagus to pan with last 1/2 cup of broth. Remove from heat; grate 1 ounce cheese. Stir in grated cheese, remaining 3/8 teaspoon salt, and juice. Spoon about 1 3/4 cups risotto into each of 4 bowls; top evenly with tomatoes. Shave remaining cheese evenly over each serving; sprinkle with pepper.

Serves 4

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Marshmallow Frosting (aka 7-Minute Icing)

Remember when I made these and said that two times a year, it is all about the what it looks like – not what it tastes like?  Well, here we are again.  My other daughter’s birthday – and yes, these cupcakes have been in the hopper for a while now.  She knew she wanted to have a sleepover for her birthday, and to go with the theme, she had picked out these sleepover cupcakes from the book, Hello Cupcake.  I have heard this book referred to as “cupcake porn” – and I know why.  The pictures are absolutely ridiculous – you love looking at them, but they are just utterly outrageous.  And to think they make you feel like, yes, you too can make these babies, it’s just absurd. 

So when my daughter came and showed me these cupcakes, I just laughed.  But she begged me, she pleaded – and then she used flattery – she said, “Of course you can make these mommy, you are the best baker ever!”  Ok, how could I say no to that?  I actually had been dreading the party for weeks – wondering how I was going to pull it off.  The weekend before, I went shopping for all the accessories.  The night before I baked the cupcakes.  The night of the party – all I had left to do was make the frosting, then decorate the cupcakes.  At least I could make the frosting…my saving grace.

I decided on a marshmallow frosting – a nice white base for the masterpiece.  I found a 7-minute icing recipe in the book, and I was sold.  The frosting was AMAZING.  I was eating spoonfuls of it while I was decorating the cupcakes – it was an excellent stress release.  I am not suggesting to decorate your cupcakes like this – but if you are looking for an excellent marshmallow frosting that you can make in less than 10 minutes – look no further.

Ingredients

  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preparation

Bring 1 inch of water to a simmer in a medium saucepan.  Combine the egg whites, sugar, corn syrup, water, and cream of tartar in a large bowl.  Set the bowl over the simmering water, making sure the bottom of the bowl doesn’t touch the water.

With an electric mixer on high-speed, beat the mixture, still over the simmering water, until thick and fluffy, about 7 minutes.  Beat in the vanilla extract.  Serve this the day it is made as it becomes granular if it sits.

Makes about 3 cups.

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Cook’s Illustrated Banana Bread

If you have been following my blog, you know that I am pretty new to Cook’s Illustrated.  For the most part, every recipe I have tried has really been a winner.  They definitely do their research, and have different techniques to make sure that whatever you are making – ends up being the best.  They don’t just give you the recipe either – they go into depth about what you are making, and why their techniques work better than probably anything else you have ever tried.

I saw this recipe for Banana Bread – and they claimed it was the best recipe ever.  Ok, with a statement like that, how can I pass that up?  The problem is, I think I already have the best recipe ever – my mother’s recipe.  I really couldn’t imagine this recipe topping that, but I figured I had nothing to lose.   I looked at the ingredients – and there were two main differences – one was the number of bananas, and two was that this banana bread used butter instead of oil.  Then, I read the instructions – wow, you cook the bananas in the microwave and drain the liquid?  Are you serious?  And if that is not enough, then you reduce the liquid until it makes a sweet banana syrup – this was quite an extra big step in the process.  This better be good – and with 5 bananas, this has to be the most banana flavored bread in the world.  I made one slight change below – leaving off the step where they “shingled” another banana by slicing it up and layering it on each side of the bread before baking.

Ok – so it comes out of the oven – and looks very similar to my mother’s recipe.  Then comes the true test – the tasting.  I swear my mother’s is better.  It is moister – and I really didn’t see how these extra bananas did anything for the bread.  But – the biggest problem with this bread was how it stood up for the next few days…after one day, it already started to taste stale – I think that is the butter.  When you use oil, it somehow gives it some extra moistness so it stays fresh for a few days when wrapping it properly with plastic.  Sorry Cook’s Illustrated – this is one recipe that doesn’t beat mine.

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cups (8 3/4 ounces) unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon table salt
  • 5 large very ripe bananas, peeled (almost 2 pounds)
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup packed (5 1/4 ounces) light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar

Preparation

Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray 8 1/2 by 4 1/2-inch loaf pan with non-stick cooking spray.  Whisk flour, baking soda, and salt together in a large bowl.

Place bananas in a microwave-safe bowl; cover with plastic wrap and cut several steam vents in plastic with paring knife.  Microwave on high power until bananas are soft and have released liquid, about 5 minutes.  Transfer bananas to fine-mesh strainer placed over medium bowl and allow to drain, stirring occasionally, 15 minutes (you should have 1/2 to 3/4 cups liquid).

Transfer liquid to medium saucepan and cook over medium-high heat until reduced to 1/4 cup, about 5 minutes.  Remove pan from heat, stir reduced liquid into bananas, and mash with potato masher until fairly smooth.  Whisk in butter, eggs, brown sugar, and vanilla.

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Pour banana mixture into flour mixture and stir until just combined with some streaks of flour remaining.   Scrape batter into prepared pan.  Sprinkle granulated sugar evenly over loaf.

Bake until toothpick inserted in center of loaf comes out clean, 55 to 75 minutes.  Cool bread in pan on wire rack for 15 minutes, then remove loaf from pan and continue to cool on a wire rack.  Serve warm or at room temperature.

Makes 1 loaf.

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Vanilla Bean Bundt Cake

I can’t tell you how much joy it brings me when my children are fighting over who got a bigger piece of cake.  Ok, it only brings me joy when it is a cake that I made – but when that happens, I know I have done something right – at least in the kitchen.  This is exactly what happened when I made this cake. 

It was just a standard vanilla bundt cake, but boy was it delicious.  The funny part was that my older daughter had been asking me to make a vanilla cake with strawberry sauce.  Fruit sauces are not my favorite – I would much rather make a caramel or chocolate sauce, than a sauce made with fruit any day of the week.  I finally told her that I would make a vanilla cake, but that I would see about the sauce. 

I looked through my pile of recipes in the pantry, and this one emerged from Bon Appetit.  I thought – perfect – a vanilla cake.  I then read the entire recipe, and realized that this was supposed to be served with strawberries – how could things get any better!  It was not really a sauce, but after you add some sugar to the strawberries, it releases some of the juices making the strawberries sit in a light syrup.  This I could deal with.  I love fresh strawberries – but the idea of cooking them and turning them into a sauce is completely not appealing to me at all.  Adding a little sugar to make a syrup, that is a very different story.

My strawberries didn’t get very syrupy, which was fine with me – although my daughter was not as pleased – but still, the cake was so delicious, it made her forget all about that strawberry sauce she had envisioned.

Ingredients

Cake

  • Nonstick vegetable oil spray
  • 1 teaspoon bourbon
  • 1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup plus 6 tablespoons unsalted butter (13/4 sticks), room temperature
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup (packed) golden brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk

Glaze

  • 2/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 4 teaspoons (or more) whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Strawberries

  • 1 1/2 pounds strawberries, hulled, sliced
  • 3 tablespoons sugar

Special equipment

  • Standard Bundt pan (10-inch-diameter Bundt pan with 33/4-inch-high sides)

Preparation

Cake

Position rack in center of oven and preheat to 325°F. Butter and flour standard Bundt pan, then spray pan with nonstick spray. Pour bourbon into small bowl. Scrape seeds from vanilla bean into bourbon; stir to blend well (reserve scraped vanilla bean for another use).

Whisk flour, baking powder, and salt in medium bowl to blend. Using electric mixer, beat butter and both sugars in large bowl until light and fluffy. Add eggs and egg yolk 1 at a time, beating until well blended after each addition. Beat in bourbon-vanilla mixture. Add flour mixture in 2 additions alternately with buttermilk in 1 addition, beating just until blended after each addition. Transfer batter to prepared pan; smooth top evenly (batter will come only halfway up sides of pan).

Bake cake until tester inserted near center comes out clean, about 55 minutes. Cool in pan on rack 15 minutes. Invert cake onto rack and cool completely.

Glaze

Whisk powdered sugar, 4 teaspoons milk, and vanilla in small bowl to blend, adding more milk by 1/4 teaspoonfuls if glaze is too thick to drizzle.

Place sheet of foil on work surface. Place cake (still on rack) atop foil. Using spoon, drizzle glaze over cake in zigzag pattern. Let cake stand at room temperature until glaze sets, about 15 minutes. DO AHEAD Cake can be made up to 1 day ahead. Cover with cake dome and let stand at room temperature.

Strawberries

Toss strawberries and sugar in medium bowl. Let stand at room temperature until juices form, tossing occasionally, about 30 minutes.

Cut cake into wedges and divide among plates. Spoon strawberries with juices alongside and serve.

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Frittata Bites with Spinach, Sausage, and Feta

Frittata is one of those dishes that I struggle with.  There are just so many combinations that work well, it is very hard to decide what to put in the mixture.  I saw this recipe in Bon Appetit, and I loved the idea that this was considered an appetizer by cutting up the frittata in small squares.  Normally when I make a frittata, it is the main course – and I cut it into large wedges – but as I have mentioned before – there is something about small bites that everyone (especially kids) love just a little bit more.

When it came down to actually making the frittata, I was torn.  I knew I was going to use spinach (instead of the chard that the recipe called for) – and I liked the idea of spinach and sausage – but then came the hard part – the cheese.  I was very tempted to use parmesan, since I love the combination of spinach, sausage and parmesan – but I just couldn’t get that feta out of my head.  I knew I had to go for it.  The result was extremely delicious – the combination worked perfectly.  It made a wonderful side dish at dinner, and then a great breakfast the next morning.  What a bonus! 

Ingredients

  • Nonstick vegetable oil spray
  • 12-ounces baby spinach
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 8 ounces mild Italian sausages, casings removed, sausage broken into 1-inch pieces
  • 8 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup crumbled feta cheese (about 41/2 ounces)
  • Fresh Italian parsley leaves

Preparation

Preheat oven to 325°F. Spray 8x8x2-inch glass baking dish with nonstick spray. Bring large pot of salted water to boil. Add Swiss chard and cook just until wilted, about 2 minutes. Drain. Finely chop chard, then place in kitchen towel and squeeze dry. Set chard aside.

Heat oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion to skillet and sauté until soft, 4 to 5 minutes. Add sausage and sauté until brown and cooked through, breaking up with fork, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove from heat and cool.

Whisk eggs, cream, salt, and pepper in large bowl to blend. Add chard and cooled sausage mixture, then feta; stir to blend. Transfer mixture to prepared baking dish.

Bake frittata until set in center, 45 to 55 minutes. Transfer baking dish to rack and cool frittata 15 to 20 minutes. Place platter atop dish with frittata. Using oven mitts, hold baking dish and platter firmly together and invert frittata onto platter; place another platter atop frittata and invert again so that frittata is right side up. Cut frittata into 20 pieces. DO AHEAD Can be made 1 day ahead. Place frittata pieces on rimmed baking sheet. Cover and chill. Rewarm in 325°F oven until heated through, about 10 minutes.

Transfer frittata pieces to platter. Garnish each piece with parsley; serve warm or at room temperature.

Makes 16 small squares.

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Blueberry Cornmeal Cake

Ingredients

  • Nonstick vegetable oil spray
  • 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 6 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 10 tablespoons (1 1/4 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/3 cup plain yogurt
  • 3 cups fresh blueberries

Special Equipment

  • 10-inch-diameter springform pan with 2 3/4-inch-high sides

Preparation

Preheat oven to 325°F. Spray 10-inch-diameter springform pan with 2 3/4-inch-high sides with nonstick spray. Whisk flour and next 3 ingredients in medium bowl. Whisk oil, eggs, vanilla, and honey in another medium bowl. Using electric mixer, beat butter, 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar, and 1 1/2 teaspoons salt in large bowl until creamy. With mixer running on medium speed, gradually add egg mixture; beat to blend. Beat in flour mixture just to blend. Add ricotta and yogurt; beat on low speed just to blend. Pour half of batter into prepared pan. Scatter 1 1/2 cups blueberries over. Spoon remaining batter over in dollops, then spread to cover blueberries. Scatter remaining blueberries over. Sprinkle remaining 1 tablespoon sugar over.

Bake cake until top is golden brown and tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 1 hour 15 minutes. Cool completely in pan on rack.

Serves 12

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