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Blackberry Cornbread Cake With Maple Whipped Cream

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My sister, Tina was coming over to do a photoshoot of a few of my favorite traditional Greek dishes. She took a lot of amazing pictures so I had a little something in store for her. For dessert, I’m made a Blackberry Cornbread Cake With Maple Whipped Cream.

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Mint

Fresh Mint Leaves

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 to 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Yields: 6 to 8 servings
Equipment: 10-inch cast-iron (ovenproof) skillet, 2 large mixing bowls, 1medium-size mixing bowl, hand-held electric mixer, whisk

Ingredients:
2 tablespoons of butter, unsalted
2 cups of whole-fat buttermilk
1 tablespoon of pure vanilla extract
2 large eggs, room temperature
2 tablespoons of whole milk ricotta, room temperature
1 cup of all-purpose flour
3/4 cup of fine white cornmeal
3/4 cup of maple sugar
1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
1/2 teaspoon of Kosher salt
1/2 cup of heavy cream
2 pints of blackberries, reserve 1/2 of 1 pint for garnish
Pure Maple syrup for serving
Sprigs of fresh mint for garnish

Ingredients For Maple Whipped Cream:
1 cup of heavy cream
1 teaspoon of Maple emulsion (extract)
1/4 cup of powdered sugar
Cinnamon sugar for garnish

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350-degrees F.
Grease a 10-inch cast-iron (ovenproof) skillet with butter.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, vanilla extract, ricotta, and eggs. In a separate medium-size mixing bowl, combine the flour, cornmeal, maple sugar, baking soda, and salt, whisk dry ingredients together until combined. Using a wooden spoon, stir in the buttermilk mixture until smooth.

Line the blackberries in the buttered skillet, then pour the batter over the top. Finally, pour heavy cream into the center of the batter. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes until the top is golden brown.

Directions For Maple Whipped Cream:
In the meantime, in a pre-chilled large mixing bowl, add heavy cream. Using a hand-held mixer, beat the whipped cream until soft peaks form. Add maple emulsion (extract) and powdered sugar. Beat until firm. Cover with plastic wrap and transfer to the refrigerator to chill.

I like to serve my Blackberry Cornbread Cake warm with a dollop of cold Maple Whipped Cream on top. Finish with a light sprinkling of cinnamon sugar and a sprig of fresh mint.

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Tips And Tricks In The Kitchen

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Have you ever been in the kitchen and started to cook or bake something and realized you were out of a certain ingredient. Well, I have a few tips and tricks that may help.

Buttermilk:
I know I don’t always have buttermilk when I need it. I learned a trick and I want to share it with you. How to make buttermilk using two ingredients you most likely have your kitchen. All you need is 1 cup of whole milk, and 1 tablespoon of white vinegar or lemon juice. Stir together and let sit for 10 minutes on the counter. You now have buttermilk for your recipe.

Cake Flour:
Most of us have all-purpose flour in our pantry. Now, I’m not sure I really understand the science behind this but, I did learn that all-purpose flour has a higher protein content, than cake flour. In order to lower the protein content of the all-purpose flour, all you do is measure out 1 cup of all-purpose flour. Next, remove 2 tablespoons of the flour and replace it with 2 tablespoons of cornstarch. Whisk together to combine well and you now have cake flour. Amazing right?

Powdered Sugar:
Powdered sugar is another easy one you can make if you have a spice grinder. Add 1 cup of granulated sugar to the spice grinder with 1 tablespoon of cornstarch. That’s it. If you should need more than one cup, just add 1 tablespoon cornstarch for every cup of sugar.

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Fried Green Tomatoes

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Home alone, with the whole day to myself. I went to the Farmers’ market and picked up a couple of handfuls of green tomatoes, and knew the mission at hand was to make my Fried Green Tomatoes. 

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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes (approx. time)
Total Time: 25 minutes
Yields: 2 servings
Equipment: 12-inch sauté pan, 3 medium-size bowls

Ingredients:
4 cups (1 quart) of vegetable oil
2 large green tomatoes, ( 6 slices) sliced 1/2-inch thick ends discarded
1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups of buttermilk
1 tablespoon of cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon of Kosher salt
1 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper
3 cups of yellow cornmeal
1/2 cup of breadcrumbs, plain
2 tablespoons of smoked paprika
2 tablespoons of fresh Italian flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
Mixed greens for garnish

Directions:
Slice the tomatoes into 1/2-inch thick slices. Sprinkle, both sides, using 1 tablespoon of Kosher salt and 1 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper. Transfer to a large plate and allow the tomatoes to stand for 15 minutes. Pat both sides of the tomatoes dry with paper towels.

Set up three bowls for the breading staging area. In the first bowl add the all-purpose flour. The second bowl, add the buttermilk and cayenne pepper, whisk to combine. The third and final bowl, add the cornmeal, breadcrumbs, smoked paprika, and freshly chopped Italian parsley, whisk to combine.

Start by dredging the tomatoes in the flour then into the buttermilk mixture, and finally into the breadcrumbs. Transfer to a large platter. Repeat this process until all the tomatoes are breaded.

In a large sauté pan, pour the vegetable oil (enough so that there is 1/2 inch in the pan) and heat over medium heat. Place the tomatoes into the frying pan in batches of three ( 2 batches), depending on the size of your pan. Do not crowd the tomatoes, they should not touch each other. Fry for about 3 minutes or until the bottoms are golden brown. Gently turn the slices and fry the other side until browned. Transfer them to a large plate lined with a paper towel to drain. Immediately sprinkle with Kosher salt.

To serve, arrange mixed greens on two serving plates. Place 3 Fried Green Tomatoes on each plate.

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