Friday, March 11, 2011

Saturday, March 5th - Blueberry Lemon Mascarpone Polenta Cake

Wholewheat Blueberry Lemon Mascarpone Polenta Cake
Necessity is the mother of invention.  For me, I'm probably inspired by fear of waste.  I had bought a tub of Mascarpone a couple of weeks ago just in case.  It was originally intended for an already passed craving for Cannoli but in the end, D used a quarter of it for a Leek and Kale Risotto and another quarter of it for an Aspargus and Red Onion.  So I had half a tub about to go off.  I couldn't have that!  D went skiing today so I used it as an excuse for a very lazy start to the day where eating my baking for breakfast drew very close to lunch.  I'm not typically a get-up-at-dawn to bake for breakfast sort.  Nope.  That said, this was relatively easy assembly, and I stumbled around assessing how far I could push the Flour and Cornmeal ratio deciding whether or not to lubricate the pan.  I think I may try this in Muffin form next time and push the Mascarpone. :^D

Blueberry Lemon Mascarpone Polenta Cake


1 c (4.5 oz) Wholewheat Flour
1/2 cup Yellow cornmeal
1 t Baking Powder
1/4 t Baking Soda
1/4 t Kosher Salt
6 T Unsalted Butter, at room temperature
3/4c 1 c Vanilla Sugar (or regular Sugar)
1 Lemon,  Zest
1/2 Lemon, Juice
2 large Eggs
1/2 c Mascarpone

1 c  fresh/frozen Blueberries, rinsed and well dried
1 T Sugar
1 T Flour


Preheat the oven to 350° F with the rack in the middle. Lightly butter a 9x2-inch round cake pan. Line the bottom with a parchment round.  It was the perfect size of our salad plates. Lightly butter the top of the parchment again too.  I don't flour if I can avoid it.  We have non stick pans that are okay with just the lube.

Dries:
In a medium bowl, mix the Flour, Cornmeal, Baking Powder, Baking Soda, and Salt until consistent.

Wets:
In a mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the Butter, Sugar, and Lemon Zest on Medium then High until fluffy,  2-3 min. Add the Mascarpone.  On Medium until well incorporated.  Add the Eggs one at a time on Medium until they disappear. Add the Lemon Juice between the two Eggs. Add half the dry ingredients on Stir for less than a minute.  Add the rest of the Dries.  With a wide rubber spatula, spread the batter out in the buttered pan.  Try to spread evenly but it will spread out as it bakes and the Mascarpone melts. Bake for 10 minutes.

During the first baking, prepare the Blueberries:


Mix the dry or frozen Blueberries w the sugar, and flour in a small bowl. I made the mistake of second thought and defrosting the berries slightly and they started to get gloopy.  I will not do that next time.  Leave them frozen so they stay separated and dry like fresh ones would.  Toss the ingredients, lightly coating the Blueberries.

Take the cake out after the first baking interval, CLOSE THE DOOR so you don't lose too much heat, quickly scatter the Blueberries on the cake.  Don't add the leftover Flour and Sugar.  I do this so the berries don't all sink to the bottom.  Not entirely necessary.  Place back in the oven and bake until a skewer inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean, another 25 - 30 min.

Let the cake cool on a rack for 15 min. Run a knife around the inside edge of the pan. Using a dry dishtowel to protect your hands, lay a rack on top of the cake pan and, holding onto both rack and pan, and invert the cake. Lift the pan from the cake. Peel away the parchment. Lay a flat serving plate on the bottom of the cake and flip the cake one more time so that the blueberries are on top. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Nice, tangy and super moist! MMMMMM!

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8 Leave a / Read COMMENTs:

Pauline said...

Looks good to me, blueberries giving a really pretty colour and love the texture too.

Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels said...

This cake looks soooo good. I love the flavor combination of blueberries and lemon. :)

Tiffany said...

Oh yes, I live by the mantra, necessity is the mother of all invention (or rather, what I have leftover in my fridge is the mother of all invention!). This cake looks delish!

All That's Left Are The Crumbs said...

I am looking forward to trying this as soon as blueberries become a bit less expensive. Or maybe I will just use frozen. Thanks for the recipe!

Torviewtoronto said...

delicious cake looks flavourful

Lizzy said...

Oh, boy, does this look fabulous!!!

yummo said...

We bought two palettes last summer. Washed, dried them flat and bagged them for the year. We should well make it until the next round of picking :^)

Joy said...

That looks lovely. I love blueberries. I would never think of putting it with polenta.