If you haven’t realized it by now, time “FLYS” by, especially as you get older. Season’s apply to life just as it does on the calendar! From the moment you were born, “Spring”, to the teen years and young adult, “Summer”, then into your mid life, “Fall” and then into the “Winter” of our lives.
Enjoy each season, nurture each season and then when you look back in the “Winter” of your life, hopefully you will not have any regrets. Regrets, by the way, are not failures, NO… regrets are NOT doing the things in life that you wanted to do. For whatever reasons! The lesson for some of us is not to be that person! Do the things in life you desire to do. No matter how challenging, no matter how “impossible” it may seem, no matter how many “fears” come a knocking at your door. If the idea has appeared in your head, then it is possible to do. You just have to figure out how and NEVER QUIT, until you make it happen. NEVER.
Right now, we are in the “Fall” of the year. Cooler weather, many different holidays from all of the wonderful cultures we have in our family called the “World”! Yes, we are all one family… all of us! No matter what differences we have, we ALL were created by GOD, no other Entity. So no matter how much of a “black sheep” some of us children are, we need to discipline when necessary and all act in accordance of “Love”. O.K. I got side tracked (left side by the way).
Today’s recipe is from my Italian heritage. Yes, “Mighty Joe Mango” IS Italian! (Even though my dad teases me and says differently (I am adopted)). This recipe, which by the way is “Amor Polenta”, now that is Italian! It means in English, cornmeal cake. It is very interesting in the fact of using cornmeal, which gives it a slightly “crunchiness” to it. It is also flavored with a traditional Italian liquor, a maraschino cherry flavored liqueur.
One thing about this cake is the batter is delicate, almost like a sponge cake. You want to beat the sugar and butter until it is light and fluffy. Then it is always better to add the liquids, a little at a time to the fat mixture, beating the whole time. Next fold in the dry ingredients, about a third at a time, gently folding into the batter until incorporated. You don’t want to over mix, so a few specks of flour won’t hurt.
Of course you want to pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees and prepare your pans. Now in Europe there are these pans called “rehruckin” or “saddle of venison” pans. Butter and cornmeal flour the pans. Set aside on a sheet pan.
Here is the recipe, which was handed down to me in my family. It is a classic Italian recipe for what they call a “tea cake”. It can be served simply sliced or sliced, placed in a bowl with heavy cream poured over it. Simple yet very decadent.
14 Tablespoons Unsalted butter, cool (214 grams)
1 cup sugar (raw, organic – optional) (200 grams)
3 eggs @ room temperature
6 egg yolks @ room temperature
4 Tablespoons maraschino liqueur
3/4 cup unbleached AP flour (100 grams)
1/2 cup cornmeal, fine (100 grams)
2 1/2 teaspoons Baking Powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
Confectioners sugar for dusting
Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees. Prepare pans as instructed above. In a separate bowl, mix the four dry ingredients. Set aside.
Using an electric mixer, beat your butter and sugar until light, fluffy and lemony yellow in color. Next slowly add the liqueur. Take your dry ingredients and fold one third at a time into the fat mixture. Do not over mix, it is o.k. if you see a bit of flour specks in the batter. Gently put batter into the two pans and evenly distribute, gently. Place on center rack in pre-heated oven and bake for approximately thirty minutes, rotating once half way through the baking time.
The cake is done when the center springs back to touch or a knife comes out clean from the center of the cake. Put on cooling racks until completely cooled. Run a knife around the edges, invert onto a platter and remove pan. Turn cake over and dust with the powdered sugar. Viola! You have the best cornmeal cake around and you know what that means! Yessiree, Mama Mia, it is time for an Italian style “Mouthgasm”!
You know the rules, slice up the cake and pass some around! Better yet, invite some friends and strangers over, brew up some nice coffee and serve this cake “Italian style” with a little heavy cream poured over the slices. Maybe with a few raspberries on top with other berries, too! Even a dollop of fresh whipped cream and now we are talking a major triple “Mouthgasm”!
The week is upon us! You cannot control what challenges come your way, but you do control how you react to any situation. Two simple choices in all cases… to have a “Gladitude” or to have a “Baditude”! A Gladitude tends to create better results in the long run.
Until next time, live in the moment, it is really great. SMILE, it improves your looks. Be kind to all you pass along your journey. That is a simple way to do your part in creating a better world! Thanks for tuning in. Peace
The best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago. The second best time is now. Old Chinese Proverb