The Hurricane Made Me Do It…Again

Strawberry and Blueberry Polenta Upside Down Skillet Cake Thing

Our refugee intake number swelled last night when two more friends decided they could no longer sit home in the cold and dark playing yet another game of Scrabble. So I busted out the Kitchen Aid Mixer again, softened some butter and went to work. (I’m gonna need a serious detox when this is all over).

I mentioned here that the details of baking elude me, things like measuring and recipes and teaspoons and tablespoons and sifting etc etc. But really, it’s more like Hollywood than you would think. You start with the basics (Girl meets Boy/Butter meets Sugar) add some conflict (Girls mother hides the 365 love notes that Boy writes her/Add beaten eggs) throw in a few decoys (Boy thinks Girl has forgotten him, renovates old mansion they almost did it in, Girl gets engaged to another Boy/Fold in some polenta) and then get them together for the showdown (Girl has to choose between Boy and other Boy/ Flour and baking powder go in). It’s as simple and formulaic as watching The Notebook. And who doesn’t love The Notebook? Nazi’s, that who.

Except I didn’t measure anything so I can’t really share a recipe with good conscience.
But I’ll try.

Add sugar and butter to berries. These were frozen because the markets are all empty here but they worked just as well. I like a good amount of sauce.

The batter:

  • 200gms of softened butter
  • Half a cup each of white and brown sugar creamed with butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup of olive oil
  • 1 1/4 cups of instant organic polenta
  • Vanilla extract
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • Hmmmmm some flour. This is where I just shook it in until it it made it to the right consistency.

Bake at 350 for about 35 minutes or until skewer comes out clean.

Naturally we couldn’t wait for it to cool to eat, so it looks a bit crumbly, but the tiny bit that is leftover today is firm enough to slice.

Tune in Monday when I eat air for a week. Damn Hurricane Sandy.

 

 

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