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Published: Monday, 7/20/2009

Blueberry Polenta Cake

1 cup cake flour (or 1 cup minus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour)

cup yellow cornmeal

1 teaspoon baking powder

teaspoon salt

cup granulated sugar

cup vegetable oil

1 large egg

1/3 cup plain low-fat yogurt

2 tablespoons lemon juice

teaspoon grated lemon rind, packed

1 cup frozen or fresh blueberries

1 tablespoon confectioners' sugar, optional

Blueberry Compote, optional (recipe follows)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. With parchment or wax paper, line the bottom of a 9-inch cake pan and spray well with cooking spray. In a small bowl, stir together flour, cornmeal, baking powder, and salt. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the granulated sugar, oil, egg, yogurt, lemon juice, and rind; fold in flour mixture until just combined. Next, fold in blueberries. Transfer to prepared pan; bake until cake springs back when gently pressed in the center, about 35 minutes. Cool pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes. With a knife, loosen edges before inverting cake onto a cake plate to cool to room temperature. Just before serving, sift confectioners' sugar over top and serve with or without Blueberry Compote.

To make Blueberry Compote:

In a small pan, combine 1 cup frozen or fresh blueberries and cup maple syrup. Over high heat, bring to a boil; reduce heat to low and simmer until first berry pops, 1 to 2 minutes. In a cup, combine 2 tablespoons water and 2 teaspoons cornstarch. Stir into blueberries; cook and stir until thickened. Remove from heat and stir in 1 teaspoon lemon juice.

Yield: 8 portions

Source: U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council

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