Monday, April 28, 2008

Tuesdays with Dorie - Fluted Polenta and Ricotta Cake



I have a confession. I was almost a bad baker this week.

Caitlin of Engineer Baker chose Dorie's Fluted Polenta and Ricotta Cake as this week's Tuesdays with Dorie recipe. I was thisclose to sitting out because I can't even look at ricotta anymore. Eating lasagna twice a week throughout a pregnancy will do that to someone. But I love figs so I decided to go ahead with it.

Well guess what. No one in Mobile, Alabama has figs. No one. So I settled on dried apricots, came home, read the comments on the TWD blog, and decided dates would be better. (Now, what to do with a bag of apricots?!)



I halved the recipe and used three small tart pans. All three of them overflowed. I didn't expect them to puff up nearly as much as they did.

It turned out pretty good, but nothing like I expected. I thought it tasted like really, really, really sweet cornbread. The dates kind of melted into it and you could hardly tell they were there. It's not something I'll make again, but neither of my boys had any complaints about it.



Now go see all the other Fluted Polenta and Ricotta Cakes at Tuesdays with Dorie and then visit Caitlin's blog for the recipe.

12 comments:

CB said...

Adorable mini tarts! Love the colorful plate. ;) Glad you decided to play this week.
Clara @ I♥food4thought

steph- whisk/spoon said...

they look good! glad you gave it a try!

Sarah said...

Glad you tried it! It seems to be the theme that no one was excited about the cake, but everyone really liked it once they made it! Great job!

Heather said...

Yum! Love that you used dates! Great job!

Mary Ann said...

lucky you- my husband actually spit it out and said "what is that?" I had to laugh. yours looks great, and the dates sound good!

Rebecca of "Ezra Pound Cake" said...

This was like really, really sweet cornbread. But I'm glad we tried it! ;)

Rebecca
http://www.ezrapoundcake.com

Bumblebutton said...

I did go with the apricots--but thought it was sweet cornbread too. Thankfully it wasn't much harder than that to put together!

Anne said...

I agree about the cornbread assessment! Always nice to try something new though! They look pretty too.

Nina said...

I love your plates! Your cake looks tasty too. :)

Jayne said...

What a cheery plate!! And your tarts look good, too! :)

Gretchen Noelle said...

Great job and glad you gave it a try. Use your apricots in some quick bread or even a stew!

Mevrouw Cupcake said...

Love the polka-dot plate!