Monday, January 7, 2013

Cranberry Maple Corn Cake

Cake!  What nutcase is making cake after the butterfest of the past two weeks?  This nutcase of course!  And let's be truthful, it was really a month long butterfest.  I saw this delicious recipe pop up on Naturally Ella yesterday and thought  that it would make a perfect Saturday morning breakfast.  Just a few changes, some stirring and 35 minutes in the oven.

I doubled the recipe by half because my 8x8 baking dish is being held hostage by a coworker.  I used my 9x10 baking dish and I wanted to make sure that the cake would be nice and thick.  I'll put the measurements for the ingredients for an 8x8 pan in parentheses.  That's a weird looking word isn't it?  Right...  On to the cake.  And no worries, this cake will not throw you back on the butterfest wagon.  Just a little sweet with a nice bright pop of cranberry for contrast.

3/4 cup plus 3 TBLS whole wheat pastry flour (1/2 cup plus 2 TBLS)
3/4 cup cornmeal - fine ground (1/2 cup)
1 1/2 tsp baking powder (1 tsp)
1/4 tsp salt (1/4 tsp)
3 eggs (2 eggs)
1 tsp vanilla (1/2 tsp)
3/4 cup maple syrup (1/2 cup)
1/4 cup plus 2 TBLS sunflower seed oil (1/4 cup)
3 TBLS buttermilk (2 TBLS)
1 1/2 cups frozen cranberries (1 cup)
2 TBLS whole wheat pastry flour (to roll the cranberries in)

Preheat the oven to 350.

Oil your baking dish with a little sunflower seed oil.

Mix the whole wheat pastry flour, cornmeal, baking powder and salt together in a medium bowl.

With a whisk mix eggs, vanilla, sunflower seed oil and buttermilk together in a small bowl.

Toss the cranberries with 2 TBLS whole wheat pastry flower.

Stir egg mixture into flour mixture with 1 cup of the cranberries.  Stir just to combine.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan.  And sprinkle the rest of the cranberries over the top.

Bake for 20 minutes and rotate the pan.  Bake for another 10 minutes or until a tester comes out clean.  I ended up baking mine for 35 minutes due to the size of the pan.

Enjoy with a cup of strong coffee or tea and give yourself a pat on the back for whipping up such a quick and delicious breakfast treat!

Then you may have to go back for seconds.  It's ok, I promise not to tell!

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