3 ingredient corn cake

Before I get to my latest food creation, I thought I would show you a little house teaser.  Any guesses on what’s in this box?  There are 8 boxes total, if that helps at all. ;)

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So last night, I was frustrated that I couldn’t throw a piece of bread in the toaster to eat with my dinner.  I’ve been avoiding gluten for the past few weeks, but sometimes it’s hard not to crave bread!

I needed something bread-like and fast!  My frustrations led me to the following recipe, which made my taste buds quite happy.  It’s similar to the cornbread muffin-cake and banana cornbread cake, that I came up with the other week.  However, I wanted this more as a side and not a full meal.  So what did I do?

I eliminated all but 3 ingredients.  And it worked!

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I absolutely love the flavor of masa harina.  If you’ve ever had tamales, masa harina is typically used to make the dough-like corn filling.  I could eat tamale filling for days!  Masa actually means “dough,” and it definitely creates a dough-like texture in this bake.  Masa harina is corn that has been cooked, then soaked in limewater, then ground into flour.  Since it is first soaked, before being ground into flour, it is more easily digested than plain corn flour.  I know a lot of people have problems digesting corn, but so far it hasn’t bothered my stomach.

I decided to make it in a fancy pie dish, because it’s always fun to make food fancy.  I mixed the ingredients, greased this dish and then put it in the microwave.

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Here it is, all cooked up.

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I mean, how cute is the scalloped edge?? :)

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I’ve made this twice already, savoring every last bite.  Both times, I’ve topped it with butter + raw honey.  It’s like a blank palette though!  You could…

  • put nut butter on top

  • top with honey or maple syrup

  • top with salsa

  • top with black beans + salsa

  • make 2 + sandwich together with nut butter

  • top with ice cream

  • top with butter/Earth Balance + salt

  • mash up and pour milk over top

  • make as a side with chili

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I like to keep things simple.  In this case, very simple.  The honey + corn flour flavors meld so well together and the slightly salty butter, provided the perfect contrast.

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And the texture?  Well, it was slightly amazing.  I promise you!  Thick, but fluffy + cake-like.  Slightly polenta-like.  Moist and doughy.  Delicious all around.

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Want a bite?  Trust me you do!

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3 Ingredient Corn-cake [water doesn’t count, right?]

  • 1T millet flour [grind raw millet in a blender, until powdery]

  • 3T masa harina*

  • 1 egg

  • 1/4c water

  1. Whisk egg and then whisk in all other ingredients.

  2. Grease a microwavable bowl and pour in the batter. [should be muffin batter consistency]

  3. Microwave for about 55sec - 1.25min.  I only had to microwave for 1 minute to get mine to the perfect texture.  After one minute, check to see if it’s still wet.  If so, cook for 10sec increments until slightly firm.

*Corn flour will also work, as would fine ground cornmeal.  However the cornmeal will slightly change the texture.  Also, using either of these, will slightly change the flavor.

*If you don’t have millet, feel free to sub in oat, quinoa, or buckwheat flour.  If you don’t have any of those, you can use 1/4c masa harina.

*I’m not sure how a flax-egg would work with this recipe.  It would definitely affect the flavor.

*The dish I used was about 5” in diameter.  If you use a smaller bowl, or coffee mug, you will have to cook it slightly longer.

Newest obsession.  I could eat this with every meal.

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And now a house update!  Since I said I was working on organizing the living spaces, a few people asked to see photos.  You ask, I answer!

Check out these hoarders photos from a few days ago.  They make my stomach churn!

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This got old, real fast.  I finally have 95% of kitchen things, moved to the kitchen!  The drawers + cabinets aren’t fully organized yet, but everything is contained in them.

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The table is cleared and functioning as a desk.  We were both extremely sick of doing computer work on the couch-bed.  The table space leads to more productivity!  One project, I’ll be tackling at some point, is staining this wood table.  While it’s not totally my style, it’s 100% real wood, and we bought it on Craigslist for all of FOURTEEN dollars last year!

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These are the last kitchen items that need to be moved.  I still can’t get over how much storage space we have in such a small kitchen.  It looks much bigger than it is!  The dimensions are about 9.5’x 12’.

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Ahhh, clear floor space!

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Organized boxes.

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Clean table, vacuumed floor.

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Oh.  And one more thing.

I couldn’t possibly leave you hanging with that first teaser photo.

Is this a better clue? :) A huge thank you, to the generous DesignForLess, for supplying us with this gorgeous tile!

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