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Clementine's sunshine corn cakes

Clementine's sunshine corn cakes
Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times

Corn bread -- I can't live without it. When I wrote a book on bread years ago, I put in all the corn breads I baked at that time. The dozen or so recipes included a plain Texas corn bread ... Read more

Total time: 1 hour | Makes 16 corn cakes
Note: From Clementine's cafe and bakery in Century City.

Orange sugar

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons grated orange zest

Step 1Blend the sugar and orange zest in a food processor for 20 to 30 seconds. Set aside.

Corn cakes

  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 3 oranges, skin and pith cut away, cut into segments and roughly chopped
  • 1 cup pastry flour
  • 1 cup bread flour
  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 3 tablespoons grated orange zest
  • 2 oranges, peeled then thinly sliced across the sections into rounds

Step 1Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray 16 muffin cups with cooking spray and set aside. After chopping the oranges, allow segments to sit for a few minutes, then drain by holding orange in hands and allowing the juice to run off.

Step 2Combine the pastry flour, bread flour, cornmeal, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl.

Step 3In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the eggs until light, about 2 minutes. Add the sugar and beat until smooth. Add the melted butter in three parts, beating after each addition.

Step 4In a separate bowl, combine the sour cream and milk. Add to the egg mixture and mix well. Add the orange pieces and zest and gently combine.

Step 5Stir the wet ingredients into the dry until just combined. Do not over-mix.

Step 6Fill the muffin cups evenly with the batter. Place one orange round on top of each muffin, slightly pushing down into batter. Sprinkle each muffin with 1 tablespoon of orange sugar.

Step 7Bake until golden and a cake tester comes out clean, about 20 minutes.

Each serving:
286 calories; 286 mg. sodium; 50 mg. cholesterol; 10 grams fat; 6 grams saturated fat; 46 grams carbohydrates; 4 grams protein; 3 gram fiber.
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