Friday, June 22, 2007

Berry-Good Day

I chanced upon Claudia Flemings book The Last Course : Desserts of Gramercy Tavern when I was in the library . This book was recommended to me before by Evan but it was only now that I had the chance to loan it. I find the book really good. Most of the recipes are straightforward and easy although some of the ingredients were quite new to me. Nevertheless, I feel I'll be making quite a number of her recipes :)

This is the first recipe I tried from her book. I have to alter the recipe a bit since I don't have almond flour instead I used finely ground almonds. I also doubled the amount of orange zest since I want the orange flavour to be pronounced.

Overall I find the cake really good. Moist and tender but a bit on the heavy side since ground nuts were used to replace the flour.

Blueberry-Cornmeal Cakes

1 cup unsalted butter
2 and 2/3 cups confectioners' sugar
3/4 cup almond flour ( I substituted with finely ground almonds)
3/4 cup cake flour
1/4 cup coarse yellow cornmeal
1 cup egg whites (about 8)
Grated zest of 1 orange
1 cup blueberries

1. Preheat oven to 400 F. In a skillet over medium heat, melt the butter. Continue to let the butter cook until some of the white milk solids fall to the bottom of the skillet and turn rich hazelnut brown. Strain the browned butter through a fine sieve into a clean bowl and discard the solids.

2. Sift together the confectioners sugar, almond flour, cake flour and cornmeal. Place the sifted ingredients in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a whisk attachment. On the lowest speed, add the egg whites and zest; mix until all the dry ingredients are moistened. Increase the speed to medium-low and stir in the browned butter. Increase the speed to medium and beat until smooth. Remove the bowl from the mixer and fold in the blueberries.

3. Butter and flour 12 muffin tins or 2 inch mini tart tins. Spoon batter into the tins and bake for 18-20 minutes or until done. Cool.

To accompany this mini cakes I made some blueberry smoothies as well. It was a berry-good day indeed for me :)


lynn said...

Berry nicely done, Anne. The pictures are berry beautiful and I want that berry smoothie!

Peabody said...

That looks lovely and quite tasty too.

Happy Homebaker said...

hey Anne, your recent bakes are all very professionally done! and you certainly live up to the name of Daring Baker, I see you have ventured into more unusual bakes, bravo!! Looking forward to your next creation :b

Anne said...

Lynn, berry thank you to you ;)

Peabody, thanks for dropping by :)

Happy Homebaker, thank you for your kind words. Really, I'm still in the process of learning... and I'm still comfortable with simple and easy to prepare bakes...thats why I read your blog on a daily basis plus I've tried quite a few of your recipes and my family loved them.

evan said...

anne, your recent photos are so lovely. you can be a pro photographer now! by the way, do u hv the recipe for yr blueberry smoothie? would love to try it out! thx!

Anne said...

Evan, Thanks for the encouraging words. You are one of my inspirations when it comes to photography :)

About the smoothie, its actually very simple. I used blueberries (about 1 pack), 1 banana, 1 can nestle cream(original recipe uses bluberry yogurt),3 tbsps sugar, and crushed ice. I processed everything in a blender.

Mandy said...

wow Anne, the blueberries cornmeal cake looks berry berry good! Like the way you decorated it with blueberry and almond flakes

Rodrigo said...

Oi, achei teu blog pelo google tá bem interessante gostei desse post. Quando der dá uma passada pelo meu blog, é sobre camisetas personalizadas, mostra passo a passo como criar uma camiseta personalizada bem maneira. Até mais.

Precious Moments said...

A beautiful picture.

evan said...

thx for the guideline anne dearie!

Cheryl said...

I love the petals made out of almonds. Such a cute idea. A beautiful little dessert.

Sandi @ the WhistleStop Cafe said...

I stumbled onto you blog and I am so glad I did.
Your blueberry muffins look yummy~ as does everything else.
I'll be back.

Glenna said...

It may be a little heavy but it looks absolutely beautiful!

Patricia Scarpin said...

Anne, you are an artist, sweetie! Look at this cake, so beautiful!

Tarah said...

I came across your blog, and oh my! Looks so cute and delicious! I love a lot of the things on your blog.

Anne said...

Thanks everyone!

Nora B. said...

The cake and smoothie looks berry tempting!