Sweet Corn Cake
You will find Sweet Corn Cake served with many entrees at Blue Mesa Grill. Steaming - the secret to its success - can be hard to duplicate in home kitchens. A home adapted recipe follows that is oven baked and very close to the original.
- ⅓ cup Crisco shortening
- 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
- 2 cups corn masa harina*
- ⅓ cup ice water
- 4 cups fresh or frozen (thawed) corn kernels (about 1 lb. frozen)
- ½ cup yellow cornmeal
- ¾ cup sugar
- ¼ cup heavy cream
- ½ tsp. baking powder
- ½ tsp. salt
- Preheat oven to 375°.
- Place Crisco and butter in a mixing bowl and beat on medium-high speed until light and fluffy.
- Add corn masa to butter mixture and mix for 2 minutes or until thoroughly incorporated. Add the ice water and mix at medium for 1 minute or until completely absorbed.
- Place the corn kernels in a processor work bowl with the metal blade. Pulse on and off until mixture is coarsely chopped. Set aside.
- Combine the corn meal, sugar, heavy cream, baking powder and salt in a large 4-quart mixing bowl.
- Add the masa mixture and the ground corn to the corn meal/sugar mixture. Stir to combine thoroughly.
- Pour the batter into a prepared pan, cover tightly with aluminum foil to retain the steam, and bake for 45 minutes at 375°.
- *Note on Masa Harina: You can purchase Masa Harina, dried corn that has been ground and treated, at most markets. It is the basic ingredient used in making tamale dough (also called masa).