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Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Cooking Light Virtual Supper Club ~It's a Picnic

For the month of July, the Cooking Light Virtual Supper Club has decided to have a Beach Blanket Picnic. I am in charge of dessert . . . so I found This Recipe for a light summery cake. Perfect for any picnic.

Lemon Polenta Cake
Cooking spray
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour (about 5 1/2 ounces)
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup reduced-fat buttermilk
1/4 cup extravirgin olive oil
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons grated lemon

Preheat oven to 350°.
To prepare cake, coat an 8-inch round cake pan with cooking spray; line bottom of pan with parchment paper. Coat paper with cooking spray. Set aside.
Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour and next 4 ingredients (through salt) in a large bowl, stirring well with a whisk. Make a well in center of mixture. Combine buttermilk, oil, eggs, and rind, stirring well with a whisk. Add buttermilk mixture to flour mixture, stirring until moist. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake at 350° for 40 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in the pan 10 minutes on a wire rack; remove from pan. Cool completely on wire rack. 

Rather than the apple compote that this recipe called for. . . I thought fresh Strawberries would be better. I sliced them with a spoonful of sugar and some fresh mint.
Serve with a drizzle of Strawberries and Mint.


Now . . . let's see what everyone else has brought for our Picnic.
Jerry has a light side dish of Zucchini Ribbons with Lemon and Pecorino
Val is bringing a pitcher of  Cherry Peach Sangria
Susan is bringing Lemon Ginger Fried Chicken
Sara has the appetizers with Bruschetta of Peach Salsa and melted Brie
Shelby is bringing Farro with Cherries and Walnuts

Y'all enjoy ~


pam said...

Sounds like the perfect cake to bring on a picnic!

Leslie Anne Tarabella said...

This look delicious! It reminds me of a dessert we had once at Walt Disney World - Lemon Corn Bread. It was very sweet and lemony.

I finally had a post today about Italy! I thought of you while I wrote about the Alabama/Rome connection!

Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

I was looking forward to this dessert Sandi. Thanks for bringing it to Susans picnic!!

Susan Lindquist said...

I have had a bag of Mexican harina de maiz sitting on my counter just WAITING for this post! It's a lovely little cake that is perfect with berries! Our blueberries will be coming on soon, so I'll probably be making your cake for our annual blueberry picking party/picnic!

Anonymous said...

It turned out wonderful. Strawberries were a great sub (to be honest I think apples would have been icky with the lemony cake)!

Susan Lindquist said...

I'm making this today! It smells divine baking! I have whipped cream getting cold and strawberries macerating in sugar in the fridge! i can't wait to knosh!

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