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Orange Cornmeal Cake

A recipe from the forthcoming Everyday Food cookbook (I received an advance review copy). The first time I made the cake, the texture was all wrong: it had little crunchies all inside; I had used medium grind cornmeal. It was also a little flat, because I had a 9-inch cake pan and the recipe called for an 8-inch. The second time I made it, I used fine ground cornmeal, and added a little more baking powder for extra lift. Itís a lovely dessert that uses olive oil instead of butter. I also like it because not too sweet. I served it at my book club with mascarpone swirled with fig jam.

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1/2 cup olive oil, plus more for pan
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup cornmeal, fine ground
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
Finely grated zest of 1 orange
2 large eggs
1 cup sugar, plus 1/3 cup for topping
1/2 cup dry white wine (or orange juice)
Orange segments

Preheat oven to 375. Brush bottom and sides of an 8-inch round cake pan with oil; line bottom with a round of waxed or parchment paper, and brush paper with oil.

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Whisk together flour, cornmeal, baking powder, salt and orange zest. In another bowl, whisk together oil, eggs, 1 cup sugar and the wine until smooth. Add flour mixture and whisk gently to combine.

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Pour batter into prepared pan. Sprinkle evenly with remaining 1/3 cup sugar (the layer of sugar will be thick). Bake until cake begins to pull away from the sides of the pan and a cake tester inserted into the cneter comes out clean, 35 to 40 minutes.

Cool in pan 20 minutes. Run a knife around edge of cake; gently invert cake onto a plate and remove parchment. Reinvert cake onto a rack to cool completely. Serve with orange segments, if desired.

09:13:00 on 02/06/10 by liz - Category: Recipes

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d.c. fruitbat wrote:

I have a very unrelated cornbread story to tell. Unlike Lizzy J, I struggle in the kitchen. On a recent snow day, I made cornbread. And I must have forgotten an ingredient or something because it tasted AWFUL. We finally threw it out in the front yard since we heard the birds are starving, and THEY didn't even want it. Sigh.

02/26/10 13:47:40

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