Sunday, 29 March 2015

Bolo De Fuba-A Brazilian Cornmeal Cake

I was in a look out for cake recipes using maize flour since I had bought a bigger pack of flour keeping in mind that I would browse for recipes like corn muffins and so on.Previously I have tried a spongy corn bread(my sisters recipe)which is not a sweet one but soft and nice.I have not mastered myself with makki di roti(Punjabi staple)yet.Lucklily I found this delectable recipe the appearance of which was mouth watering  and there was no point in bookmarking it but tried it out immediately.I can say this is one of the best corn cake/bread or whatever you may call it.
 The name of this cake is BOLO DE FUBA, which means Cake of Cornmeal(in Portuguese).In Brazil this is a breakfast staple or served as a snack with evening coffee . It came out so well that we all simply loved it. Brazilian cakes are generally baked in a tube pan to give them a ring effect.I do not have a tube pan or a bundt pan ,so, used my silicon loaf pan instead.

Cornmeal/maize flour                                        1/2 cup
All purpose flour/Maida                                   1/2 cup
All purpose flour
(for dusting and coating the tutti frutti)   1tsp
Oil                                                                               1/4cup+1tsp for greasing the pan
Milk                                                                           1/2cup
Sugar                                                                       1/2 cup
Baking powder                                                    1/2tbsp
Salt                                                                           a pinch
Eggs                                                                         2, at room temperature
Vanilla essence                                                   1tsp
Tutti frutti                                                            2tbsp

  • Preheat oven to 180 degrees.
  • In a small bowl mix tutti frutti with little flour and  set aside.
  • Grease a loaf pan or a round cake tin with a tsp of oil and dust with little flour and set in refrigerator till the mixing process ends.
  • Sieve both flour and cornmeal with baking powder 2-3 times and set aside.
  • Take a large mixing bowl and using hand blender whisk eggs adding one by one till fluffy,for about 2 minutes on high.
  • Add sugar and whisk for 2 more minutes on high.
  • Add oil and whisk for 1 minute.
  • Add 1/4cup milk and mix for a while.
  • Add the vanilla essence,mix gently
  • Add flour in batches and gently fold the batter using a spatula.
  • Add remaining milk in between.
  • Pour into the prepared pan and sprinkle the tutti frutti and give a gentle stir with a spatula.
  • Set into the preheated oven and bake for 30 minutes or till the tester comes out clean.(My cake was ready in 30 minutes)
  • Let cool for about 5minutes,gently run the back of knife around the edges of the cake.
  • Invert the cake and cool on wire rack.
  • Slice and serve as a snack with tea/coffee.

I have used maize flour/makki ka atta,which is slightly coarse in texture and available in most supermarkets here in Bangalore. 
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