Tuesday, April 29, 2008

TWD-Fluted Polenta and Ricotta Cake





This weeks TWD recipe was chosen by Caitlin of Engineer Baker. To be honest, I did not want to make this cake. First, you can't find polenta in the regular grocery store here, and using yellow cornmeal did not appeal to me. It made me think of sweet cornbread, and I am not a fan of it either. Secondly, I am not a big fan of fig newtons. So, not really knowing what I was getting into was a little scary.


The recipe was easy to follow and easy to mix together, baked in the time that the recipe called for and viola...I have a fig/cornmeal/ricotta cake. My first bite...tasted like sweet cornbread. The next bite, tasted a little better. So on, and so on. I did decide that I did like the crunch of the fig seeds, and I really thought that I wouldn't. That is probably the only thing that I can say that I liked about this cake. That is part of being a part of the TWD chicks, baking new things, out of my comfort zone, knowing that I am not going to like everything that is chosen. This recipe was one of those, but I am glad that I did make it.


Thanks Caitlin for choosing this week and don't forget to check out the other TWD chicks, and still continue to grow! If you want the recipe you can find it on Caitlin's blog.


Next weeks recipe comes from Elizabeth at Ugg Smell Food the Peanut Butter Torte!



31 comments:

Engineer Baker said...

I'm sorry you weren't too much of a fan, but thanks for pushing the envelope and trying it anyway! It looks great!

Mary Ann said...

I agree-It was fun to bake something I wouldn't have chosen otherwise. looks good~!

Jayne said...

Same here - good for you for making it - something like that cake would never have appealed to me, but I'm so glad I tried it. Nice job!

lovesweetlove said...

You should try strawberries in this cake instead of figs, they were sooo yummy!

CB said...

I agree with everything you wrote. I am not a fan of cornbread or figs BUT I could dig the "cake" in small doses sans fig. Great job!
Clara @ I♥food4thought

Amy said...

I'm glad I tried it too. And your cake looks great!

Tempered Woman said...

I think it's awesome that you tried it even though you weren't an immediate fan of the recipe. Stretching your chops like that makes you such a better baker. I bet you feel a lot mroe confident about your skillz now that you've done it! It sure looks great~

Julius said...

I agree. I normally don't go for polenta in my cakes either. :)

Julius
from Occasional Baker

annmartina said...

This was out of my comfort zone too. I didn't have great success with it. I was hoping for something that tasted more like fig newtons. I do love the crunch of fig seeds for some reason.

LyB said...

Your cake looks lovely! It is always fun to try new things!

lemontartlet said...

The cornbread taste is what put me off, and I wussed out. You did a great job!

Lauren said...

It is kind of like cornbread, I like your writing. Good job.

Dolores said...

I haven't gotten around to starting this week's assignment yet, and I'd just about decided to skip it. Your post may well have changed my mind...

bakingwiththeboys said...

I agreed with all of your comments...not my favorite but fun to try.

Madam Chow said...

The cake (and your cheesecake pops) looks great!

Hygeian Stew said...

Sorry the cake wasn't the best, but wasn't it fun to try something new?

Heather said...

Sorry you didn't like it but yours it looks great! Trying new things is always fun. Great job this week!

I'm a big sweet cornbread fan so this just jumped out for me.

steph- whisk/spoon said...

that's great that you gave it a shot though! i agree, trying and learning new things is what this is all about!

Bridget said...

It definitely reminds me of sweet cornbread as well. I think adding more fruit might help - not that it matters, because I don't plan on making this one again either.

Zakia / The Frosted Bake Shop said...

glad you tried it. i love sweet cornbread, im definitely going to give it a try soon.

Sherry Trifle - Lovely Cats said...

I also had doubts about the cake - almost didn't post.It's a sort of cross between a tart and a cake. It's good that we did make it though.

Sweet and Savory Eats said...

Good for you for giving it a go. You just never know what you may end up liking.

Gretchen Noelle said...

Good for you for making something that you were not a fan of. It looks tasty!

Cecilia said...

I'm glad that you went ahead and made the cake! Great job! I'm sorry it wasn't completely to your liking, though. I had my misgivings as well, but I'm now a fan of the cake.

Mevrouw Cupcake said...

I think we all went outside our comfort zone on this one, but like you, I'm glad that I did. Your cake looks great!

Natalie said...

It looks great! I wasn't sure about it either, but I could have eaten all the batter once I got a taste of it. :)

MrsBethorama said...

I'm glad I tried it too. I did like in the end but at least you tried something new and that's always a good feeling!

smellslikehome said...

great to hear you gave this cake a shot and that you ended up liking it!

Jaime said...

glad you made something out of your comfort zone. even though it didn't taste great, it sure looks pretty :)

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Tuesday, April 29, 2008

TWD-Fluted Polenta and Ricotta Cake





This weeks TWD recipe was chosen by Caitlin of Engineer Baker. To be honest, I did not want to make this cake. First, you can't find polenta in the regular grocery store here, and using yellow cornmeal did not appeal to me. It made me think of sweet cornbread, and I am not a fan of it either. Secondly, I am not a big fan of fig newtons. So, not really knowing what I was getting into was a little scary.


The recipe was easy to follow and easy to mix together, baked in the time that the recipe called for and viola...I have a fig/cornmeal/ricotta cake. My first bite...tasted like sweet cornbread. The next bite, tasted a little better. So on, and so on. I did decide that I did like the crunch of the fig seeds, and I really thought that I wouldn't. That is probably the only thing that I can say that I liked about this cake. That is part of being a part of the TWD chicks, baking new things, out of my comfort zone, knowing that I am not going to like everything that is chosen. This recipe was one of those, but I am glad that I did make it.


Thanks Caitlin for choosing this week and don't forget to check out the other TWD chicks, and still continue to grow! If you want the recipe you can find it on Caitlin's blog.


Next weeks recipe comes from Elizabeth at Ugg Smell Food the Peanut Butter Torte!



31 comments:

Engineer Baker said...

I'm sorry you weren't too much of a fan, but thanks for pushing the envelope and trying it anyway! It looks great!

Mary Ann said...

I agree-It was fun to bake something I wouldn't have chosen otherwise. looks good~!

Jayne said...

Same here - good for you for making it - something like that cake would never have appealed to me, but I'm so glad I tried it. Nice job!

lovesweetlove said...

You should try strawberries in this cake instead of figs, they were sooo yummy!

CB said...

I agree with everything you wrote. I am not a fan of cornbread or figs BUT I could dig the "cake" in small doses sans fig. Great job!
Clara @ I♥food4thought

Amy said...

I'm glad I tried it too. And your cake looks great!

Tempered Woman said...

I think it's awesome that you tried it even though you weren't an immediate fan of the recipe. Stretching your chops like that makes you such a better baker. I bet you feel a lot mroe confident about your skillz now that you've done it! It sure looks great~

Julius said...

I agree. I normally don't go for polenta in my cakes either. :)

Julius
from Occasional Baker

annmartina said...

This was out of my comfort zone too. I didn't have great success with it. I was hoping for something that tasted more like fig newtons. I do love the crunch of fig seeds for some reason.

LyB said...

Your cake looks lovely! It is always fun to try new things!

lemontartlet said...

The cornbread taste is what put me off, and I wussed out. You did a great job!

Lauren said...

It is kind of like cornbread, I like your writing. Good job.

Dolores said...

I haven't gotten around to starting this week's assignment yet, and I'd just about decided to skip it. Your post may well have changed my mind...

bakingwiththeboys said...

I agreed with all of your comments...not my favorite but fun to try.

Madam Chow said...

The cake (and your cheesecake pops) looks great!

Hygeian Stew said...

Sorry the cake wasn't the best, but wasn't it fun to try something new?

Heather said...

Sorry you didn't like it but yours it looks great! Trying new things is always fun. Great job this week!

I'm a big sweet cornbread fan so this just jumped out for me.

steph- whisk/spoon said...

that's great that you gave it a shot though! i agree, trying and learning new things is what this is all about!

Bridget said...

It definitely reminds me of sweet cornbread as well. I think adding more fruit might help - not that it matters, because I don't plan on making this one again either.

Zakia / The Frosted Bake Shop said...

glad you tried it. i love sweet cornbread, im definitely going to give it a try soon.

Sherry Trifle - Lovely Cats said...

I also had doubts about the cake - almost didn't post.It's a sort of cross between a tart and a cake. It's good that we did make it though.

Sweet and Savory Eats said...

Good for you for giving it a go. You just never know what you may end up liking.

Gretchen Noelle said...

Good for you for making something that you were not a fan of. It looks tasty!

Cecilia said...

I'm glad that you went ahead and made the cake! Great job! I'm sorry it wasn't completely to your liking, though. I had my misgivings as well, but I'm now a fan of the cake.

Mevrouw Cupcake said...

I think we all went outside our comfort zone on this one, but like you, I'm glad that I did. Your cake looks great!

Natalie said...

It looks great! I wasn't sure about it either, but I could have eaten all the batter once I got a taste of it. :)

MrsBethorama said...

I'm glad I tried it too. I did like in the end but at least you tried something new and that's always a good feeling!

smellslikehome said...

great to hear you gave this cake a shot and that you ended up liking it!

Jaime said...

glad you made something out of your comfort zone. even though it didn't taste great, it sure looks pretty :)

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